Game Notes: Jan. 29 at Boston Bruins

The Winnipeg Jets play their second game in as many nights tonight when they visit the Boston Bruins… Winnipeg lost 3-1 to the Philadelphia Flyers last night in their first game after the all-star break…Following tonight’s game, the Jets return home for a three-game homestand, beginning Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.  

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On the Road Again
The Jets are 13-10-0 on the road this season and play their fourth of four consecutive road games tonight…Winnipeg has lost four of their past five road games, but are 9-5-0 in their past 14 games away from Bell MTS Place…Winnipeg hasn’t lost three consecutive road games in regulation since Dec. 10-20/16…The Jets scored their first power play goal on the road last night since Dec. 14 (0-for-27)…Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in scoring on the road this season with 23 points (3G, 20A) in 23 games, while Patrik Laine has a team-leading 16 goals in 23 games.

Busy Time
The Jets are in a stretch of 11 games (0-1-0) in 20 days…Winnipeg went 6-3-0 in nine games in 16 days leading into the break…The Jets play their last 34 games of the regular season in 69 days.

Against the East
The Jets are 11-6-1 against Eastern Conference teams this season, including 4-3-1 against the Atlantic Division…Winnipeg is in a stretch of seven of nine games against Eastern Conference teams…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 17 games against the Eastern Conference, while Mark Scheifele has 19 points (11G, 8A) in 17 games.

Last night and tonight marks the seventh of 10 back-to-back sets the Jets have this season…Winnipeg is 4-3-0 in the first game and 4-2-0 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.

Ending the Skid
The Jets are out to avoid losing three consecutive games for the first time this season…Winnipeg did not lose three consecutive games in regulation last season…The last time the Jets dropped three consecutive games in regulation was Mar. 6-11/17.

Killing It
Winnipeg is 19-for-21 (90.5%) on the penalty kill in their last five games…The Jets penalty kill has climbed to 10th in the NHL at 81.5% and is eighth on the road at 82.3%.

As the Offence Goes…
The Jets have been limited to two goals or less in eight consecutive losses and have been outscored 26-8 in those games…Meanwhile, Winnipeg has scored four goals or more in seven consecutive victories and in 13 of their past 14 wins…Of the 49 games the Jets have played this season, 31 have been decided by two goals or more.

Consistent Contributor
Bryan Little has a point in eight of past nine games…He’s tallied 10 (5G, 5A) of his 30 points this season in the nine games…He posted 20 points in his first 40 games of the season…He’s also netted nearly half of his 11 goals this season in his past nine games.

Bringing the Hits
Brandon Tanev had six hits against the Flyers last night…It’s the sixth time this season he’s had six hits or more in a game…He leads the Jets and is tied for sixth in the NHL with 158 hits this season…Tanev is averaging a franchise-high 2.91 hits per game since entering the NHL during the 2015-16 season.

Patrik Laine had six shots last night and leads the Jets with 172 shots this season…Laine’s 14.5% shooting percentage is fifth in the NHL this season among players that have taken 170 shots or more.

Career Year
Blake Wheeler is second in the NHL with 52 assists this season…His 1.08 assists per game this season is a career high…He needs 16 assists to match the career high of 68 assists he had last season…Wheeler’s 36 primary assists are also second in the NHL this season…During the past four seasons, Wheeler leads the NHL with 220 assists and 154 primary assists in 294 games.

 Jets vs. Bruins All-Time Records
Overall: 23-29-9
At Bell MTS Place: 6-3-0
At TD Garden: 7-15-8

2017-18 Game Log vs. Bruins

Date Location Score Rec Scorers Goaltender
Dec. 21 Boston 2-1 SOL 0-0-1 (20-10-6) Laine (18) Hellebuyck (32 sv, 1 ga)
Mar. 27 Winnipeg  5-4 SOW 1-0-1 (47-19-10)  Tanev (5, 6, 7), Morrow (6)  Hellebuyck (28 sv, 4 ga)

2018-19 Game Log vs. Bruins

Date Location Score Rec Scorers Goaltender
Jan. 29 Boston        
Mar. 14 Winnipeg        

Jets vs. Bruins Notes

  • Before their 5-4 shootout win on Mar. 27/18, the Jets had lost four in a row to the Bruins (0-3-1).
  • The Jets are 1-for-22 (4.5%) on the power play in their last seven games against Boston and haven’t scored a power play goal in the last four games against the Bruins.
  • Conversely, the Jets were 30-for-33 (90.9%) on the penalty kill in their last 10 games against Boston.
  • Boston has scored 20 goals in the past five games against the Jets.
  • Tanev’s hat trick on Mar. 27/18 was the fourth against the Bruins in franchise history.
  • Defenceman Tyler Myers has 15 points (5G, 10A) in 30 career games against the Bruins.
  • Mathieu Perreault has a team-leading seven goals in 15 games against Boston.

Jets-Bruins Connections

  • Jets captain Blake Wheeler played 221 games with the Bruins from 2008-2011.
  • Brad Marchand and Bryan Little won a gold medal together with Canada at the 2007 World Junior Championship.
  • Mark Scheifele and Marchand won a gold medal for playing for Canada at the 2016 World Championship.
  • The Jets’ Blake Wheeler and Bruins’ David Backes played for USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
  • Wheeler and Byfuglien played with Backes for USA at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, while the Jets’ Patrik Laine and the Bruins’ Tukka Rask played for Finland.
  • Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice coached in the 2016 World Cup as an assistant coach with Europe, which had Bruins captain Zdeno Chara on its roster.
  • Bruins goaltending coach Bob Essensa played for the first incarnation of the Jets from 1988-1994.

Upcoming Milestones

Dustin Byfuglien

  • 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.

Nikolaj Ehlers

  • Needs two penalty minutes to reach 100 for his career.

Bryan Little

  • Needs five assists to reach 300 for his NHL career.

Tyler Myers

  • Needs four points to reach 100 as a member of the Jets.

Mathieu Perreault

  • Needs two points to reach 300 for his NHL career.

Blake Wheeler

  • 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.
  • Needs one shorthanded assist to tie Marty Reasoner and Patrik Stefan (7) for the second-most shorthanded assists in franchise history.