The Winnipeg Jets return to Bell MTS Place to begin a three-game homestand tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets…The Jets beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday to end a two-game losing streak…The homestand continues Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks.
Winnipeg has won five consecutive games and nine of their last 11 contests at Bell MTS Place to improve to 18-6-2 at home this season…The Jets five-game home winning streak is their longest of the season…The Jets have the second most wins and are tied for the third most points at home in the NHL…The Jets have the best power play at home in the NHL this season at 35.5%…Winnipeg’s 27 power play goals at home this season are second in the NHL…The Jets are 14-for-34 (41.2%) on the power play in their past 11 home games…The Jets have a 50-13-4 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 have scored 99 goals at home this season, which is third in the NHL, and have outscored their opposition 85-43 in their 18 wins…Winnipeg has scored at least four goals in all five games of their home winning streak.
The Jets are in a stretch of 11 games (1-1-0) 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.
Eastbound and Rolling
The Jets are 12-6-1 against Eastern Conference teams this season, including 7-3-0 against the Metropolitan 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 22 points (1G, 21A) in 18 games against the Eastern Conference, while Mark Scheifele has 21 points (11G, 10A) in 18 games.
As the Offence Goes…
Winnipeg has scored four goals or more in eight consecutive victories and in 14 of their past 15 wins… Meanwhile, the Jets have been limited to two goals or less in eight consecutive losses and have been outscored 26-8 in those games…Of the 50 games the Jets have played this season, 31 have been decided by two goals or more.
The Jets are second in the NHL with 68 goals in the third period this season…Winnipeg’s plus-19 goal differential in the third period is tied for second in the league…The Jets have scored in the third period in nine of their past 10 games (17G), including two goals in four of the past five games…Patrik Laine leads the Jets with 10 goals in the third period this season, while Kyle Connor has nine.
Closing in on 1,500
Jets head coach Paul Maurice is three games away from reaching 1,500 NHL games coached…He’s slated to reach the milestone on Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks…Maurice will be the sixth coach in NHL history to reach 1,500 games coached, joining active NHL coaches Barry Trotz (New York Islanders) and Ken Hitchcock (Edmonton Oilers)…Maurice is ninth in NHL history with 680 wins and needs five wins to pass Pat Quinn for eighth place…He is the winningest coach in franchise history with a record of 220-148-45 during the past six seasons…Maurice became the head coach of the Hartford Whalers in November of 1995 and coached his first NHL game on Nov. 7/95 against the San Jose Sharks, which Hartford won 7-3…One of the goaltenders in that game for San Jose is Jets goaltending coach Wade Flaherty.
Kyle Connor scored twice in a span of 34 seconds against the Bruins on Tuesday for his third multi-goal game of the season…He has eight goals and 12 points in his past 10 games…Connor has 21 goals this season, which marks the second consecutive season he has passed the 20-goal mark…He needs 10 goals this season to match the career high 31 goals he scored last season.
Defenceman Josh Morrissey scored his third power play goal of the season on Tuesday, which is a career high…The goal propelled him to 27 points (6G, 21A) this season, which is a career high…Previously, he had a career high 26 points (7G, 19A) in 81 games last season…He’s also averaging a career high 22:58 minutes per game and 1:50 minutes of power play time per game this season.
Blake Wheeler is second in the NHL with 53 assists this season…His 1.06 assists per game this season is a career high…He needs 17 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 221 assists and 154 primary assists in 295 games.
vs. Blue Jackets All-Time Records
MTS Place: 2-3-0
At Nationwide Arena: 6-4-2
2017-18 Game Log vs. Blue Jackets
|Oct. 17||Winnipeg||5-2 L||0-1-0 (3-3-0)||Connor (1), Armia (1)||Mason (34 sv, 5 ga)|
|Oct. 27||Columbus||2-1 OTL||0-1-1 (4-3-2)||Tanev (2)||Mason (35 sv, 2 ga)|
2018-19 Game Log vs. Blue Jackets
Jets vs. Blue Jackets Notes
- The Jets have points in seven of the past 10 games (6-3-1) against the Blue Jackets.
- Winnipeg went 0-for-7 in the power play in their two games against Columbus last season, but were 7-for-7 on the penalty kill.
- Winnipeg has been outshot by Columbus in each of the past four games between the two teams.
- The Jets have lost their home game against Columbus in each of the past two seasons…The last time the Jets beat the Blue Jackets at Bell MTS Place was on Dec. 10/15 by a 6-4 score.
- The winning team has scored at least four goals in the five games between Winnipeg and Columbus at Bell MTS Place.
- This is the 12th meeting between the Jets and Blue Jackets since the Jets relocated to Winnipeg…The Jets hold a 6-5 advantage in the 11 games.
- Bryan Little has 16 points (7G, 9A) in 14 career games against Columbus.
- Mathieu Perreault has nine points (4G, 5A) in six career games against the Blue Jackets, including eight points (3G, 5A) in his last three games.
Jets-Blue Jackets Connections
- Jets forward Jack Roslovic is from Columbus.
- Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele and Columbus’ Boone Jenner made up two of Team Canada’s centres during two years at the World Junior Championships in 2012 and 2013…Blue Jackets defenceman Scott Harrington was also a member of those teams.
- Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba and Blue Jackets defenceman Seth Jones won a gold medal playing for the USA at the 2011 and 2012 U18 World Championship and 2013 U20 World Championship. They also played together at the 2014 World Championship.
- The Jets’ Connor Hellebuyck won a bronze medal with Jones playing for the USA at the 2015 World Championship.
- The Jets’ Trouba, Hellebuyck and Mark Scheifele played together with Jones for North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
- Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers and Oliver Bjorkstrand won the 2014 World Junior Challenge playing for Denmark and played together for their country at the 2015 World Junior Championship…Ehlers and Bjorkstrand are two of seven players from Denmark to play in the NHL this season.
- Jets forward Andrew Copp played with Blue Jackets defenceman Zach Werenski at the University of Michigan during the 2014-15 season, while Jets forward Kyle Connor played with Werenski of the U of M during the 2015-16 season.
- Connor and Werenski were also teammates growing up with the Belle Tire AAA program in Detroit.
- Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey and forward Nic Petan won a gold medal with Blue Jackets forward Anthony Duclair playing for Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championship.