Game Notes: Mar. 16 vs. Calgary Flames

The Winnipeg Jets finish a three-game homestand tonight by entertaining the Calgary Flames at Bell MTS Place…The Jets evened their record on the homestand with a 4-3 win against the Boston Bruins on Thursday…After tonight’s game, the Jets begin a three-game Pacific Division road trip on Monday against the Los Angeles Kings.

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Playoff Picture
Magic Number: 11
Current Point Total: 86
Projected Playoff Line: 86 Points
If the Playoffs Started Today…: The Jets (1st in the Central) would have home ice against the St. Louis Blues (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 23-9-4…The Jets have points in 12 of their past 15 home games (10-3-2), 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 32.1% and have scored a power play goal in four consecutive home games (4-for-12, 33.3%)…Winnipeg’s 35 power play goals at home this season is second in the NHL…The Jets have a 55-15-6 record at Bell MTS Place during the past two seasons, which is third best home record in the NHL…The Jets have scored 137 goals at home this season, which is third in the NHL, and have outscored their opposition 111-58 in their 23 wins.

Party in the Pacific
The Jets are 12-5-2 against Pacific Division opponents this season and have won seven of the past 11 games against the Pacific Division…Winnipeg is in a stretch of five of six games against Pacific Division teams…Winnipeg was a dominant 17-4-2 against Pacific Division foes last season and are on an 22-6-4 run in their last 32 games versus the Pacific…Blake Wheeler (5G, 15A) leads the Jets in scoring against the Pacific Division this season…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. 

Offensive March
The Jets have scored 29 goals in March, which is tied for the NHL lead…Winnipeg has four goals or more in five of their seven 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 13 points (8G, 5A)…Thirteen different Jets players have scored this month…Mark Scheifele is averaging better than a point per game with nine points (2G, 7A).

Springing Ahead
March and April have historically been successful months for the Jets, as the team has gone 81-54-15 in those two months since relocation…During the past three seasons, the Jets are 31-11-2 in March and April, including a perfect 8-0-0 in April…Blake Wheeler is the franchise’s leading scorer in March with 119 points (47G, 72A) in 125 games…Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is 15-7-2 during his career in March with a 2.78 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.

Wheels Keep Turning

Blake Wheeler had a goal and an assist on Thursday and has a point in 52 of his 70 games this season…With 86 points (20G, 66A), Wheeler is guaranteed to have better than a point per game this season for the second consecutive season…He has 66 assists this season, which is second in the NHL, and needs two 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…Wheeler has scored 20 goals or more in six consecutive season…During the past four seasons, Wheeler’s 234 assists are second most in the NHL.

Three Pointer
Mark Scheifele had a goal and two assists on Thursday to end a four-game pointless streak…He has three points in each of the past three games in which he has a point…Scheifele scored his 33rd goal of the season on Thursday, which is a career high…Scheifele has 78 points (33G, 45A) this season, which is four points away from matching his career high of 82 points during the 2016-17 season.

Set Up Man
Patrik Laine had two assists on Thursday for his second multi-assist game of the season…His past six points are assists and he has an assist in five of his past six games…Of Laine’s first 24 points this season, 21 were goals, while 16 of his past 24 points have been assists…He needs one more assist to reach 20 goals and 20 assists in each of his first three seasons.

Hit Record
Brandon Tanev had two hits on Thursday and leads the Jets in hits this season with 239, 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 18 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 3.41 hits per game this season, which is on pace to be a single-season franchise record.

Jets vs. Flames All-Time Records
Overall:
12-16-2
At Bell MTS Place: 4-3-1
At Scotiabank Saddledome: 3-12-0

2018-19 Game Log vs. Flames

Date Location Score Rec Scorers Goaltender
Nov. 21 Calgary 6-3 L 0-1-0 (12-6-2) Tanev (2), Laine (12, 13) Hellebuyck (6 sv, 3 ga) Brossoit (14 sv, 2 ga)
Dec. 27 Winnipeg 4-1 L 0-2-0 (24-11-2) Lowry (6) Hellebuyck (25 sv, 3 ga)
Mar. 16 Winnipeg        

Jets vs. Flames Notes

  • The home team has won nine of the last 12 games between the Jets and Flames.
  • Fourteen of the last 16 games between Winnipeg and Calgary have been decided by two goals or more.
  • The Jets have won four of the past six games against the Flames at Bell MTS Place, but are 0-for-22 on the power play in their past seven home games against Calgary. The last time the Jets scored a power play goal against the Flames at home was Nov. 18/13 when Dustin Byfuglien scored at 12:10 of the third period.
  • Winnipeg is 3-for-42 (7.1%) on the power play in their past 15 games against Calgary. The Jets have given up 12 power play goals against during that span, but are a perfect 10-for-10 on the penalty kill in their past four games against the Flames.
  • Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in career scoring against the Flames during his career with 18 points (7G, 11A) in 19 games and is a perfect 2-for-2 in shootouts against the Flames.
  • Kevin Hayes has seven points (3G, 4A) in eight career games against Calgary.
  • Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is 3-2 with a 2.33 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in seven career games against the Flames.

Connections

  • Both the Jets and Flames franchises originated in Atlanta.
  • Jets goaltender Laurent Brossoit was selected by Calgary in the sixth round (164th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft.
  • Flames defenceman Michael Stone is from Winnipeg and Travis Hamonic is from St. Malo, MB. 
  • Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey is from Calgary and forward Adam Lowry grew up in Calgary.
  • Flames forward Michael Frolik played two seasons for the Jets (2013-14 & 2014-15), and amassed 84 points (34G, 50A) in 163 games for Winnipeg.
  • The Flames Sean Monahan played alongside the Jets Tyler Myers and Mark Scheifele as all three players represented Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Championships.
  • The Jets Mark Scheifele, Jacob Trouba and Connor Hellebuyck played with the Flames Johnny Gaudreau for North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

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 seven games played to reach 300 for his career.

Nikolaj Ehlers

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

Kevin Hayes

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

Connor Hellebuyck

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

Jacob Trouba

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

Blake Wheeler

  • Needs eight goals to reach 200 as a member of the Jets franchise.
  • Needs one shorthanded assist to tie Marty Reasoner and Patrik Stefan (7) for the second-most shorthanded assists in franchise history.