Game Notes: Mar. 14 vs. Boston Bruins

The Winnipeg Jets continue a three-game homestand tonight by facing the Boston Bruins at Bell MTS Place…The Jets started the homestand with a 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night…Winnipeg finishes its homestand on Saturday against the Calgary Flames before beginning a three-game Pacific Division road trip on Monday against the Los Angeles Kings.

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Playoff Picture
Magic Number: 15
Current Point Total: 84
Projected Playoff Line: 88 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 fifth-best home record in the NHL this season at 22-9-4…The Jets have points in 11 of their past 14 home games (9-3-2), 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 31.8% and have scored a power play goal in three consecutive home games (3-for-10)…Winnipeg’s 34 power play goals at home this season is tied for second in the NHL…The Jets have a 54-15-6 record at Bell MTS Place during the past two seasons, which is third best home record in the NHL…The Jets have scored 133 goals at home this season, which is third in the NHL, and have outscored their opposition 107-55 in their 22 wins.

Eastbound
The Jets are 17-10-2 against Eastern Conference teams this season, including 6-6-2 against the Atlantic 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 4-2-1 in their past seven games against an Eastern Conference opponent…Blake Wheeler (9G, 26A) leads the Jets with 35 points in 29 games against the Eastern Conference, including 16 points (3G, 13A) in 14 games against Atlantic Division teams.

Offensive March
The Jets have scored 25 goals in March, which is tied for the NHL lead…Winnipeg has four goals or more in four of their six games this month…Eighteen of the 19 skaters that have played for the Jets this month have at least a point, led by Blake Wheeler’s 11 points (7G, 4A)…The Jets have gotten goals from 13 different players this month…Mark Scheifele is averaging a point per game with six points (1G, 5A), while Andrew Copp (3G, 2A), Kevin Hayes (2G, 3A) and Mathieu Perreault (2G, 3A) have five points.

Springing Ahead
March and April have historically been successful months for the Jets, as the team has gone 80-54-15 in those two months since relocation…During the past three seasons, the Jets are 30-11-2 in March and April, including a perfect 8-0-0 in April…Blake Wheeler is the franchise’s leading scorer in March with 117 points (46G, 71A) in 124 games…Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is 14-7-2 during his career in March with a 2.77 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.

Wheels Keep Turning

Blake Wheeler collected an assist on Tuesday and has a point in 51 of his 69 games this season…With 84 points (19G, 65A), Wheeler is guaranteed to have better than a point per game this season for the second consecutive season…He has 65 assists this season, which is second in the NHL, and needs three assists to match the 68 assists he had last season, which was one shy of Marc Savard’s franchise record of 69 assists in a season…During the past four seasons, Wheeler’s 233 assists are tied with Connor McDavid for the most in the NHL.

Hit Record
Brandon Tanev had five hits on Tuesday and leads the Jets in hits this season with 237, which is fourth in the NHL…He has had five hits in a game 17 times this season…Tanev has eclipsed his career high of 188 hits he had last season…He needs 20 hits to set a franchise record for most hits in a season, which is currently held by Adam Lowry, who had 256 hits during the 2014-15 season…Tanev is averaging 3.43 hits per game this season, which is on pace to be a single-season franchise record.

Streakers
Mathieu Perreault had a goal and an assist on Tuesday to extend his point streak to three games (2G, 2A) and has a goal in back-to-back games…Tuesday was Perreault’s first multi-point game of the season…Andrew Copp scored on Tuesday to extend his point streak to three games (3G, 1A).

Jets vs. Bruins All-Time Records
Overall: 24-29-9
At Bell MTS Place: 6-3-0
At TD Garden: 8-15-8

2018-19 Game Log vs. Bruins

Date Location Score Rec Scorers Goaltender
Jan. 29 Boston 4-3 SOW 1-0-0 (32-16-2) Morrissey (6), Connor (20, 21) Hellebuyck (36 sv, 3 ga)
Mar. 14 Winnipeg        

Jets vs. Bruins Notes

  • The past three games between the Jets and Bruins have been decided in a shootout, with the Jets winning the past two games.
  • The Jets have won four of the past six games against the Bruins in Winnipeg.
  • Winnipeg’s last regulation win against Boston at Bell MTS Place was Dec. 19/14 by a score of 2-1. Only seven players that played for the Jets in that game are still on the roster.
  • The Jets are 2-for-24 (8.3%) on the power play in their past eight games against Boston, but went 1-for-2 in the first meeting of the season.
  • Tyler Myers has 16 points (5G, 11) in 31 career games against the Bruins. It’s the most points he has against one team in his NHL career.
  • Mathieu Perreault has a team-leading seven goals in 16 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 shorthanded assist to tie Marty Reasoner and Patrik Stefan (7) for the second-most shorthanded assists in franchise history.

Ben Chiarot

  • Needs eight 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 five starts to reach 200 games started for his career.

Jacob Trouba

  • Needs five 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 one power play assist 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.