The Winnipeg Jets return home tonight to play the Detroit Red Wings in Winnipeg’s second game in as many nights…The Jets lost 3-2 on the road against the Minnesota Wild last night…Winnipeg welcomes the Anaheim Ducks to Bell MTS Place on Sunday in the second game of the three-game homestand.
Winnipeg has won back-to-back games at home to improve to 15-6-2 at home this season…The Jets are tied for the third-most wins and the fourth-most points at home in the NHL…The Jets have the best power play at home in the NHL this season at 38.2%…Winnipeg’s 26 power play goals at home this season are first in the NHL…The Jets are 13-for-26 (50.0%) on the power play in their last eight home games and have scored 13 of their past 14 power play goals on home ice…The Jets have a 47-13-4 record at Bell MTS Place during the past two seasons, making it the toughest building in the NHL for opposing teams to play.
The Jets had 66 shot attempts last night, compared to Minnesota’s 44…The Jets didn’t allow a shot in the third period…Minnesota blocked 22 of the Jets’ shot attempts, which was the third-most shots the Jets have had blocked this season…The Jets have been the better possession team in six of their last seven games and have a combined 53.5% Corsi For percentage in the seven games.
The Jets are in the midst of nine games (2-2-0) in 16 days leading into the player and all-star break from Jan. 20-27…After the all-star break, the Jets also have a busy schedule with 11 games in 20 days.
Against the East
The Jets are 10-5-1 against Eastern Conference teams this season, including 3-3-1 against the Atlantic Division…Tonight is the Jets’ only game against an Eastern Conference team in their eight games before the player/all-star break…Winnipeg went 19-7-6 against the Eastern Conference last season, including a 10-3-3 record versus the Atlantic Division and 9-4-3 record against the Metropolitan Division…Blake Wheeler leads the Jets with 21 points (1G, 20A) in 16 games against the Eastern Conference, while Mark Scheifele has 19 points (11G, 8A) in 16 games.
Last night and tonight marks the sixth of 10 back-to-back sets the Jets have this season…Winnipeg is 4-2-0 in the first game and 3-2-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season…Last season, the Jets went 4-3-2 in the first game of nine back-to-backs and 4-4-1 in the second game.
Mark Scheifele scored in the third period last night to tie Patrik Laine for the team lead with 24 goals…Both players have played 43 games…Laine has done most of his scoring so far in November with 18 goals, while Scheifele scored six goals in October, seven in November, nine in December and once in January…Scheifele has scored 15 goals at home, while Laine has 16 goals on the road…Scheifele has surpassed the 23 goals he scored in 60 games last season and is closing in on his career-high of 32 goals from the 2016-17 season…Laine’s 24 goals are the most he’s scored before the all-star break of a season in his career.
Brandon Tanev scored his ninth goal of the season last night, which establishes a career high for him…He had eight goals in 61 games last season…He has distributed his scoring with five goals on the road and four goals at home.
Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has started all seven games the Jets have played since the Christmas break, which is his longest streak of consecutive starts this season…He’s also played 10 of Winnipeg’s last 11 games.
The NHL announced the rosters for the 2019 NHL All-Star Game last week and Jets forwards Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele were selected to the Central Division team…Wheeler, who is making his second consecutive all-star appearance, leads the Jets in points (55) and also leads the Jets and ranks tied for second in the NHL in assists (48)…Scheifele is making his first all-star appearance…He is tied for the team lead in goals (24) and is second on the Jets in points (54) assists (30)…He is also in the top 15 in the NHL in goals and points…Forward Patrik Laine is on the Last Man In ballot, as fans vote on the final member of each all-star team…The NHL announced on Saturday that head coach Paul Maurice has been selected as the head coach of the Central Division team, based on the Jets being in first place in the Central Division at the midway point of the season.
Jets vs. Red Wings All-Time Records
At Bell MTS Place: 3-1-1
At Detroit: 6-6-2
2018-19 Game Log vs. Red Wings
|Oct. 26||Detroit||2-1 W||1-0-0 (7-3-1)||Connor (5), Byfuglien (2)||Brossoit (27 sv, 1 ga)|
Jets vs. Red Wings Notes
- The Jets are 7-3-1 in their past 11 games against the Red Wings.
- Winnipeg is 2-for-21 (9.5%) on the power play in their past six games against Detroit, but are 16-for-18 (88.9%) on the penalty kill.
- Bryan Little has 14 points (5G, 9A) in 14 career games against the Red Wings.
- Patrik Laine has seven points (5G, 2A) in five career games against Detroit, while Nikolaj Ehlers has six points (1G, 5A) in six games.
- Laurent Brossoit stopped 27 of 28 shots on Oct. 26 at DET in his first career game against the Red Wings.
Jets-Red Wings Connections
- Jets Andrew Copp, Jacob Trouba, Kyle Connor and Connor Hellebuyck all hail from the greater Detroit area.
- Red Wing Darren Helm is from St. Andrews, MB.
- Detroit’s Dylan Larkin and Winnipeg’s Andrew Copp played together for the University of Michigan during the 2014-15 season.
- Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou played with Mark Scheifele on the Barrie Colts during the 2012-13 season.
- The Red Wings’ Justin Abdelkader was teammates with the Jets’ Jacob Trouba on USA at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
- Jets Blake Wheeler played with Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard for USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
- Winnipeg’s Scheifele and Connor Hellebuyck played with Detroit’s Dylan Larkin for North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, while Dustin Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler played in the World Cup of Hockey with Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader.
- Jets head coach Paul Maurice coached Detroit’s Frans Nielsen while competing for Europe at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
- Needs one more game played to reach 600 as a member of the Jets franchise.
- Needs one shorthanded assist to tie Marty Reasoner and Patrik Stefan (7) for the second-most shorthanded assists in franchise history.
- Needs seven points to reach 100 for his NHL career.
- Needs two penalty minutes to reach 100 for his career.
- Needs two games to reach 200 for his NHL career.
- Needs one point to reach 500 for his NHL career.
- Needs eight assists to reach 300 for his NHL career.
- Needs three games to reached 800 for his NHL career.
- Needs five points to reach 100 as a member of the Jets.
- Needs one multi-goal game to pass Marian Hossa and take sole possession of third in multi-goal games in franchise history. They are both currently at 21.