The Winnipeg Jets embark on a four-game road trip tonight, starting against the Vancouver Canucks…The Jets lost 2-1 in overtime to the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night, but ended the four-game homestand with a 3-0-1 record for seven of a possible eight points…Winnipeg continues the road trip Wednesday against the Calgary Flames.
Catching Up On the Road
The Jets are 3-3-0 when they are the road team this season…Winnipeg has played the fewest road games of any team in the NHL this season, eight less than an NHL-leading 14 road games the Vancouver Canucks have played…The Jets will catch up over the next 16 days, as seven of their next nine games are away from Bell MTS Place…Winnipeg has 18 games remaining before the Christmas break and 11 of those games are on the road, spread out throughout every time zone in the NHL.
|Jets Road Schedule Before Christmas|
|Nov. 24||St. Louis||Central|
|Dec. 1||New Jersey||Eastern|
|Dec. 2||NY Rangers||Eastern|
|Dec. 3||NY Islanders||Eastern|
|Dec. 18||Los Angeles||Pacific|
|Dec. 20||San Jose||Pacific|
Party in the Pacific
The Jets are 3-0-1 against Pacific Division opponents this season…Winnipeg were a dominant 17-4-2 against Pacific Division foes last season and are on a 14-1-3 run in their last 18 games versus the Pacific… Adam Lowry (3G, 1A), Dustin Byfuglien (1G, 3A) and Josh Morrissey (1G, 3A) lead the Jets in scoring against the Pacific Division this season with four points each…Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is 2-0-1 with a 2.32 goals-against average and .911 save percentage against the Pacific, while Laurent Brossoit won his lone start against the Pacific and posted a .933 save percentage in the process.
On the PK
The Jets went 12-for-13 (92.3%) on the penalty kill during their recent four-game homestand…The only blemish was going 2-for-3 on the penalty kill on Friday against Buffalo…On the season, the Jets are tied for 11th in the NHL with a penalty kill percentage of 81.3% and are slightly better on the road at 82.8%.
Jets leading scorer Blake Wheeler also leads the Jets in scoring on the road with seven points (1G, 6A) in six games…He has a point in three consecutive road games (5A)…Five of his six assists on the road have come on the power play…Patrik Laine has scored four of his eight goals in six road games.
Adam Lowry won more than 50% of his faceoffs in all four games during the homestand, going a combined 34-for-56 (60.7%)…He has climbed to fourth among NHL centremen in faceoff winning percentage at 58.5%…Lowry’s faceoff winning percentage has steadily climbed during the past three seasons, going from 50.8% in 2016-17 to 55.9% last season to 58.5% this season…The franchise record for faceoff winning percentage in a single-season among qualified players is 61.5%, which was done by Jim Slater during the 2010-11 season.
Kyle Connor is the lone Jets player on a point streak after extending it to four games (3G, 2A) by scoring Winnipeg’s lone goal on Friday…He also has a goal in back-to-back games…It’s his third point streak of three games or more this season and one game shy of the season-high five-game point streak he had from Oct. 20-27.
Heating Up in November
After going 4-4-1 with a 3.00 goals-against average and .907 save percentage in October, goaltender Connor Hellebuyck started the first five games for the Jets in November, going 4-1-0 with a 2.22 goals-against average and .930 save percentage.