Game Notes: Feb. 24 at Arizona Coyotes

The Winnipeg Jets wrap up a three-game road trip tonight by visiting the Arizona Coyotes…The Jets improved to 1-1 on the road trip with a 6-3 win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday…Winnipeg is back home on Tuesday to face the Minnesota Wild.

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Back on Track
Winnipeg is 16-13-0 on the road this season and have won two of their past three road games…A win tomorrow gives the Jets back-to-back road wins for the first time in 2019…The Jets went 23-11 on the road in 2018…Winnipeg hasn’t lost three consecutive road games in regulation since Dec. 10-20/16…The Jets have played 29 road games this season, which is tied for the third-fewest in the NHL, but are in a stretch of seven of nine games away from Bell MTS Place…Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in scoring on the road this season with 29 points (4G, 25A) in 29 games…Patrik Laine leads the Jets with 18 goals on the road.

Party in the Pacific
The Jets are 12-3-2 against Pacific Division opponents this season and have won seven of the past nine games…Winnipeg was a dominant 17-4-2 against Pacific Division foes last season and are on an 22-4-4 run in their last 30 games versus the Pacific…Blake Wheeler (5G, 13A) leads the Jets in scoring against the Pacific Division this season with 18 points in 17 games, while Mark Scheifele has 15 points (6G, 9A) in 17 games…Goaltender Laurent Brossoit is 3-1 with a 1.59 goals-against average and .959 save percentage in four games against Pacific Division teams this season.  

Goal Outburst
The Jets exploded for six goals on Friday against Vegas…It was the first time in nine games that the Jets scored five goals or more in a game…They had been held to three goals or less in seven of eight games since their 9-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 2…The Jets have scored 207 goals this season, which is tied for sixth in the NHL.  

Finding the Power
After going seven games without a power play goal (0-for-19), the Jets have scored a power play goal in back-to-back games (3-for-8, 37.5%)…Winnipeg is fourth in the NHL this season with a 25.3% power play percentage…The Jets have scored a power play goal in 36 of their 61 games this season…Winnipeg’s 27 wins this season when scoring a power play goal is second in the NHL.

Time Travellers
The Jets are in a stretch of six games in three different time zones and play consecutive games in the same time zone just once…The Jets play the three games of this road trip in the Mountain and Pacific Time Zones before returning home to the Central Time Zone for two games and then going to the Eastern Time Zone for four games.

Tossing Monkeys
Patrik Laine scored twice on the power play against Vegas on Friday to end a 15-game goalless drought (he had four assists in the 15 games), which is the longest of his career…The two goals match his goal production from his previous 28 games…Laine leads the Jets with 13 power play goals, which is sixth in the NHL…He needs three goals to reach 30 goals for the third consecutive season to start his NHL career…Twenty-seven seconds after Laine ended his drought in the second period on Friday, Adam Lowry scored for the first time in 20 games…He has matched the eight goals he scored last season.

Quick Impact
After missing 20 games with an upper body injury, Nikolaj Ehlers scored 56 seconds into the game on Friday for his first goal since Dec. 20 at SJS when he tallied a hat trick…Ehlers is averaging a career-high .39 goals per game this season…After playing all 82 games in each of the past two seasons, Ehlers will be held to the fewest games he’s played in a season in his career.

After going back-to-back games without a point for just the second time this season, Blake Wheeler has three assists in his last two games…He leads the Jets with 59 assists and 71 points…On Friday, Wheeler reached 70 points for the fourth consecutive season, which is one season shy of Ilya Kovalchuk’s franchise record of five consecutive 70-point seasons…Wheeler needs one more assist to become the first player in franchise history to record back-to-back 60-assist seasons…He is second in the NHL in assists and tied for 11th in points.

300 Helpers
Bryan Little had two assists on Friday to reach 300 assists for his career, which has been played entirely with the Jets franchise…Little, who has played a franchise record 815 games, joins Blake Wheeler (382) as the only two players in franchise history with 300 assists…Since Jan. 6, Little has 19 points (8G, 11A) in 21 games.

Coaching Ladder
Head coach Paul Maurice won his 685th game as an NHL head coach on Friday to pass Pat Quinn for the eighth-most wins in NHL history…He needs eight wins to pass Dick Irvin for seventh on the NHL’s wins list and needs 15 more wins to become the seventh head coach in NHL history to reach 700 wins.

Deadline Deals
The NHL’s trade deadline is tomorrow…Since relocation in 2011, the Jets have completed four deadline day deals, including two last season.

Date Trading Partner Acquired Traded
Feb. 27, 2012 Chicago 2013 2nd Round Draft Pick (Later traded to Washington to acquire three 2013 draft picks, which the Jets used to select Jimmy Lodge (3rd), Jan Kostalek (4th), and Tucker Poolman(5th))
2013 3rd Round Draft Pick (JC Lipon)
D – Johnny Oduya
Mar. 1, 2017 Boston 2018 5th Round Draft Pick (Declan Chisholm) F – Drew Stafford
Feb. 26, 2018 St. Louis F – Paul Stastny F – Erik Foley
2018 1st Round Draft Pick
Feb. 26, 2018 Montreal D – Joe Morrow 2018 4th Round Draft Pick

Jets vs. Coyotes All-Time Records
Overall: 15-13-4
At Bell MTS Place: 10-0-0
At Gila River Arena: 4-6-2

2018-19 Game Log vs. Coyotes

Date Location Score Rec Scorers Goaltender
Oct. 20 Winnipeg 5-3 W 1-0-0 (5-2-1) Lowry (4), Myers (1), Morrissey (1), Perreault (1), Wheeler (2) Brossoit (42 sv, 3 ga)
Feb. 24 Arizona        
Apr. 6 Arizona        

Jets vs. Coyotes Notes

  • Winnipeg has won five consecutive games against Arizona, outscoring the Coyotes 23-11.
  • The Jets are a perfect 10-0-0 against the Coyotes in Winnipeg, outscoring Arizona 38-20.
  • Winnipeg is 2-3 in their past five games in Arizona.
  • The Jets are 3-for-47 (6.4%) on the power play in their past 14 games against the Coyotes.
  • Dustin Byfuglien leads the Jets in scoring against Arizona with 22 points (10G, 12A) in 34 career games.
  • Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor each have four points (1G, 3A) in five games against Arizona.

Jets-Coyotes Connections

  • Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler was originally selected by the Phoenix Coyotes fifth overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
  • The Jets’ Jacob Trouba, Andrew Copp and Connor Hellebuyck played with Coyotes forwards Clayton Keller and Christian Dvorak at the 2017 World Championship for USA.
  • Jets captain Blake Wheeler and Coyotes defenceman Alex Goligoski were teammates at the University of Minnesota from 2005-2007.
  • Coyotes forward Michael Grabner played for the Manitoba Moose from 2007-10, while Arizona defenceman Kevin Connauton played for the Moose during the 2010-11 season.
  • Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien and Coyotes defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson were teammates in the Chicago Blackhawks organization from 2007-2010, winning the Stanley Cup together in 2010.
  • Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba and Coyotes forward Alex Galchenyuk were teammates for USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship and 2013 World Championship.
  • Galchenyuk and Jets defenceman Joe Morrow were teammates last season when they played for the Montreal Canadiens.

Upcoming Milestones

Dustin Byfuglien

  • 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.

Connor Hellebuyck

  • Needs four games played to reach 200 for his career.
  • Needs 10 starts to reach 200 games started for his career.

Dmitry Kulikov

  • Needs two games played to reach 100 as a member of the Jets.

Jack Roslovic

  • Needs eight games played to reach 100 for his NHL career.

Blake Wheeler

  • Needs five power player assists to pass Slava Kozlov (130) for the most power play assists in franchise history.
  • Needs one shorthanded assist to tie Marty Reasoner and Patrik Stefan (7) for the second-most shorthanded assists in franchise history.