Game Notes: Mar. 12 vs. San Jose Sharks

The Winnipeg Jets begin a three-game homestand tonight by facing the San Jose Sharks for the third and final time this season…The Jets went 2-2 on a four-game road trip last week, which ended with a 3-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday…Winnipeg continues its homestand on Thursday against the Boston Bruins.

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Playoff Picture
Magic Number: 15
Projected Playoff Line: 87 Points
If the Playoffs Started Today…: The Jets (1st in the Central) would have home ice against the Dallas Stars (1st in Wild Card) in the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

At Home
Winnipeg has the fourth-best home record in the NHL this season at 22-8-4…The Jets have points in 11 of their past 13 home games (9-2-2), which included a seven-game winning streak from Jan. 6-Feb. 2, but haven’t won consecutive home games since the winning streak ended…The Jets have the best power play at home in the NHL this season at 31.4%…Winnipeg’s 33 power play goals at home this season is fourth in the NHL…The Jets have a 54-14-6 record at Bell MTS Place during the past two seasons, which is third best in the NHL…The Jets have scored 129 goals at home this season, which is third in the NHL, and have outscored their opposition 107-55 in their 22 wins.

Party in the Pacific
The Jets are 12-4-2 against Pacific Division opponents this season and have won seven of the past 10 games against the Pacific Division…Five of Winnipeg’s next six games are against Pacific Division teams…Winnipeg was a dominant 17-4-2 against Pacific Division foes last season and are on an 22-5-4 run in their last 31 games versus the Pacific…Blake Wheeler (5G, 14A) leads the Jets in scoring against the Pacific Division this season with 19 points in 18 games, while Mark Scheifele (6G, 9A) and Bryan Little (5G, 10A) have 15 points in 18 games…Goaltender Laurent Brossoit is 3-2 with a 1.89 goals-against average and .946 save percentage in five games against Pacific Division teams this season.  

Springing Ahead
March and April have historically been successful months for the Jets, as the team has gone 80-53-15 in those two months since relocation…During the past three seasons, the Jets are 30-10-2 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 123 games…Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is 14-6-2 during his career in March with a 2.68 goals-against average and .916 save percentage.

Drawmasters
Adam Lowry continues to be one of the best faceoff men in the NHL this season with a 57.5% winning percentage, which is fourth in the NHL…Lowry has won 18-of-28 faceoffs (64.3%) in his past three games, including 7-of-10 on Sunday against Washington…Bryan Little and Andrew Copp each won all six of their faceoffs on Sunday and as a team the Jets won 64.8% (35-for-54).

Captain
While his four-game point streak and eight-game point streak ended on Sunday, Jets captain Blake Wheeler is putting together another career season…He is second in the NHL with 64 assists and is ninth with 83 points…Wheeler is averaging .94 assists per game, which puts him is on pace for a franchise record…His 1.22 points per game is tied for second-best in a single season in franchise history.

Hitman
Brandon Tanev had three hits on Sunday and leads the Jets in hits this season with 232, which is fourth in the NHL…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 25 hits to set a franchise record for most hits in a season…Tanev is averaging 3.41 hits per game this season, which is on pace to be a single-season franchise record.

Less Action
Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck faced 17 shots on Sunday, which matched a season low for shots in a game (Oct. 9 vs. LAK)…Hellebuyck had faced at least 32 shots in his past 10 games prior to Sunday’s contest…He has faced less than 20 shots in just three of his 51 starts this season in which he’s played the entire game.

Jets vs. Sharks All-Time Records
Overall: 10-18-3
At Bell MTS Place: 3-5-1
At SAP Center: 6-9-1

2018-19 Game Log vs. Sharks

Date Location Score Rec Scorers Goaltender
Dec. 20 San Jose 5-3 W 1-0-0 (23-10-2) Byfuglien (4), Ehlers (13, 14, 15), Appleton (1) Hellebuyck (41 sv, 3 ga)
Feb. 5 Winnipeg 3-2 OTL 1-0-1 (34-16-3) Wheeler (11), Perreault (11) Hellebuyck (35 sv, 3 ga)
Mar. 12 Winnipeg        

Jets vs. Sharks Notes

  • The Jets have points in four consecutive games (3-0-1) against the Sharks after losing the previous four meetings.
  • Winnipeg is 0-for-8 on the power play against the Sharks in the two previous meetings this season.
  • The Jets have allowed a power play goal against in five consecutive games against San Jose (11-for-16, 68.8% on the penalty kill).
  • Since relocating to Winnipeg in 2011, the Jets franchise is 8-9-1 against the Sharks.
  • Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in career scoring against San Jose with 17 points (5G, 12A) in 21 games.
  • Mark Scheifele has 11 points (5G, 6A) in 12 career games against the Sharks. Four of his five goals have come on the power play.
  • Goaltender Laurent Brossoit made his NHL debut against the Sharks on Apr. 9/15 when he was a member of the Edmonton Oilers, stopping 49 of 51 shots in a 3-1 loss in his only career appearance against San Jose.

Connections

  • Sharks forward Evander Kane played the first six seasons of his career with the Jets franchise from 2009-2015 before being traded to the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 11/2015 as part of a seven-player deal in which Winnipeg acquired Tyler Myers and the draft pick used to select Jack Roslovic.
  • Sharks forward Joe Pavelski and Jets forward Blake Wheeler played together at the 2014 Winter Olympics for the USA.
  • Jets forward Patrik Laine played with Sharks forward Jonas Donskoi for Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers and Sharks forward Timo Meier were teammates in the QMJHL with the Halifax Mooseheads from 2013-15.
  • Jets forward Mark Scheifele and defenceman Josh Morrissey won a silver medal for Canada at the 2017 World Championship playing alongside Sharks defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
  • Jets forward Blake Wheeler and Sharks defenceman Justin Braun played together in the USHL for the Green Bay Gamblers during the 2004-05 season.

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 nine 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 six starts to reach 200 games started for his career.

Jack Roslovic

  • Needs one game played to reach 100 for his NHL career.

Jacob Trouba

  • Needs six 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.