Game Notes: Mar. 10 at Washington Capitals

The Winnipeg Jets finish a four-game road trip tonight when they face the defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals…The Jets beat the Carolina Hurricanes 8-1 on Friday night to improve to 2-1 on the road trip…After tonight’s game, the Jets return to Bell MTS Place for a three-game homestand, which begins Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks.

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On the Road Again
Winnipeg is 18-15-0 on the road this season…The Jets haven’t won back-to-back road games in 2019 and their past eight road games have alternated between a win and a loss…Winnipeg hasn’t lost three consecutive road games in regulation since Dec. 10-20/16…Tonight ends a stretch of seven of nine games away from Bell MTS Place…After tonight’s game, the Jets have an even seven home and seven road games remaining on their regular season schedule…Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in scoring on the road this season with 37 points (10G, 27A) in 33 games…Patrik Laine leads the Jets with 19 goals on the road.

Eastbound
The Jets are 17-9-2 against Eastern Conference teams this season, including 11-3-0 against the Metropolitan Division…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…The Jets are 4-1-1 in their past six games against an Eastern Conference opponent…Blake Wheeler (9G, 26A) leads the Jets with 35 points in 28 games against the Eastern Conference.

Springing Ahead
March and April have historically been successful months for the Jets, as the team has gone 80-52-15 in those two months since relocation…During the past three seasons, the Jets are 30-9-2 in March and April, including a perfect 8-0-0 in April…Blake Wheeler is the franchise’s leading scorer in March with 116 points (46G, 70A) in 122 games…Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is 14-5-2 during his career in March with a 2.71 goals-against average and .917 save percentage.

40 Ws
The Jets improved to 40-23-4 with Friday’s win to become the first team in the Central Division to win 40 games this season…The 67 games it took was one more game than it took the Jets to win 40 games last season (40-17-9)…Winnipeg has won 40 games in three consecutive seasons and four of the past five seasons.

Offensive Explosion
Friday’s game marked the third time this season the Jets scored eight or more goals in a game…Winnipeg is the only team in the NHL to score eight or more goals in three games this season…The Jets have outscored their opposition 20-11 in their past four games.

Streaky Captain
Jets captain Blake Wheeler has a goal in four consecutive games (7G) and a point in eight consecutive games (7G, 15A)…His point streak is the second longest active point streak in the NHL…Wheeler also had an 11-game point streak this season from Oct. 18-Nov. 14…He is second in the NHL with 64 assists and is ninth with 83 points.

Multi-Point Nights

Six Jets had multi-point games on Friday, led by Nikolaj Ehlers’ three-point night (1G, 2A)…Andrew Copp had a pair of goals his first multi-goal game of the season…Blake Wheeler had a goal and an assist for his 21st multi-point game of the season, which is tied with Mark Scheifele for the team lead.

Hitman
Brandon Tanev had seven hits on Friday to move into a tie for third in the league with 229 hits this season…He has had seven hits in a game five times this season…Tanev has eclipsed his career high of 188 hits he had last season…He needs 28 hits to set a franchise record for most hits in a season.

Jets vs. Capitals All-Time Records
Overall: 36-39-15

At Bell MTS Place: 6-5-1
At Capital One Arena: 12-22-10

2018-19 Game Log vs. Capitals

Date Location Score Rec Scorers Goaltender
Nov. 14 Winnipeg 3-1 W 1-0-0 (11-5-1) Scheifele (10), Chiarot (3), Connor (8) Hellebuyck (27 sv, 1 ga)
Mar. 10 Washington        

Jets vs. Capitals Notes

  • Tonight is the 91st all-time meeting between the Jets franchise and the Capitals, which matches the 91 games the Jets have played against the Florida Panthers for most games against one opponent.  
  • The Jets have a point in five of their last six games against Washington (3-1-2).
  • The Jets are 9-9-4 against the Capitals since the franchise moved to Winnipeg. The Jets dominated the matchups early with a 5-1-1 record in the first seven meetings after the franchise relocated to Winnipeg when the two sides were in the former Southeast Division.
  • Bryan Little leads current Jets in career scoring against the Capitals with 21 points (12G, 9A) in 43 games.
  • Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is 3-1-1 in five career starts against Washington with a 2.13 goals-against average and .933 save percentage.

Jets-Capitals Connections

  • Jet Mathieu Perreault was drafted by Washington in the sixth round, 177th overall, in the 2006 NHL Draft, and played four seasons for the Capitals from 2009 to 2013.
  • Perreault also played 167 games for Washington’s AHL team the Hershey Bears between 2008-2011.
  • Washington’s John Carlson, T.J. Oshie and Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler all represented the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
  • Capitals’ T.J. Oshie and Jets’ Blake Wheeler represented the United States in the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championship.
  • Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien played with Oshie and John Carlson for USA at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers played alongside Washington forward Lars Eller for Denmark at the 2016 World Championship.
  • Washington assistant coach Scott Arniel played for the Jets 1.0 from 1981-1986 and 1990-91. He also played for Manitoba Moose from 1996-1999 before serving as an assistant coach for Moose from 2000-2002 and head coach from 2006-2010.

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.

Ben Chiarot

  • Needs 10 games played to reach 300 for his career.

Nikolaj Ehlers

  • Needs two penalty minutes to reach 100 for his career.
  • Needs six points to reach 200 points for his career.

Kevin Hayes

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

Connor Hellebuyck

  • Needs one game played to reach 200 for his career.
  • Needs seven starts to reach 200 games started for his career.

Jack Roslovic

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

Jacob Trouba

  • Needs seven games played to reach 400 for his NHL career.

Blake Wheeler

  • Needs nine goals to reach 200 as a member of the Jets franchise.
  • Needs two power play 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.