The Winnipeg Jets continue a four-game road trip tonight against the Calgary Flames…The Jets started the road trip with a 6-3 victory against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday…Winnipeg continues the road trip Friday afternoon against the Minnesota Wild.
The Jets have been one of the NHL’s best teams in the month of November, going 5-1-1 and are 4-0-1 since returning from playing two games in Finland against the Florida Panthers to begin the month…It’s the second time this season the Jets have points in five consecutive games, as they also went 4-0-1 from Oct. 14-22…Winnipeg’s power play is tied with the Calgary Flames for third in the NHL this month at 33.3% (7-for-21)…The Jets lead the NHL in faceoff winning percentage in November at 54.4%…Patrik Laine is tied for the NHL lead in goals in November with eight, while Blake Wheeler is fourth in points with 13 (1G, 12A).
Beginning with a 5-2 victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 9, the Jets have been one of the NHL’s highest scoring teams since returning from Finland with 20 goals in five games…The Jets are averaging five goals for per game and 1.8 goals against per game in the handful of games.
Catching Up On the Road
Monday’s win improved the Jets to 4-3-0 when they are the road team this season…Winnipeg’s seven road games are tied for the fewest in the NHL this season…The Jets are catching up, however, as they are in a stretch of seven of nine games away from Bell MTS Place…Winnipeg has 17 games remaining before the Christmas break and 10 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 improved to 4-0-1 against Pacific Division opponents this season with Monday’s win…Winnipeg was a dominant 17-4-2 against Pacific Division foes last season and are on a 15-1-3 run in their last 19 games versus the Pacific…Kyle Connor leads the Jets with seven points (2G, 5A) in five games against the Pacific this season, while Patrik Laine (4G, 1A), Mark Scheifele (3G, 2A) and Dustin Byfuglien (1G, 4A) each have five points…Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is 3-0-1 with a 2.49 goals-against average and .904 save percentage against the Pacific, while Laurent Brossoit won his lone start against the Pacific and posted a .933 save percentage in the process.
Kyle Connor had a career-high four points (1G, 3A) on Monday against the Canucks to extend his point streak to five games (4G, 5A)…He also has a goal in three consecutive games (3G) and has matched the season-high five-game point streak he had from Oct. 20-27…Connor’s big night on Monday propelled him into the team’s scoring lead on the road with nine points (5G, 4A) in seven games.
Hat Trick Laine Strikes Again
After going three games without scoring, Patrik Laine tallied a hat trick in Monday’s win…It’s his second hat trick of the season after also scoring three goals on Nov. 1 in his native Finland in a 4-2 win against the Florida Panthers…Monday’s three goals were the first three goals he’s scored this season that weren’t assisted by Blake Wheeler and his first two goals on Monday were his first two 5-on-5 goals of the season…Laine joins Boston’s David Pasternak as the only two players in the NHL to have two hat tricks this season…Since entering the NHL in 2016, Laine’s six hat tricks are the most in the league, one more than Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin.
Patrik Laine’s hat trick moved him into a tie with Mark Scheifele for the team lead in goals with 11…Kyle Connor’s goal on Monday was his 10th of the season, giving the Jets three double digit goal scorers so far this season…The Calgary Flames are the only other team in the NHL this season with three players in double digit goals.