Game Notes: Mar. 20 at Anaheim Ducks

The Winnipeg Jets continue a three-game road trip tonight when they visit the Anaheim Ducks…The Jets have won three consecutive games after starting the road trip with a 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night…Winnipeg wraps up the road trip against the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday before starting its last homestand of the season on Saturday against the Nashville Predators.

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Playoff Picture
Magic Number: 4
Current Point Total: 90
Projected Playoff Line: 86 Points

Earliest Jets Could Clinch a Playoff Spot: Mar. 21 at Vegas Golden Knights
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.

Consistent Power
The Jets have scored a power play goal in four consecutive games (4-for-9, 44.4%) and are 13-for-42 (31%) on the power play in their past 13 games…Winnipeg’s power play on the season is clicking at 25.9%, which is fourth in the NHL and 2.5 percentage points better than their 23.4% power play last season…With 32 power play points (2G, 30A), Blake Wheeler has been in on 55.2% of the 58 power play goals the Jets have scored this season.

Close Ones
Winnipeg’s past four games have been decided by one goal, including their past three wins…The Jets are 18-6-4 in one-goal games this season, which is tied for the fourth most wins in the NHL…Last season the Jets were 22-4-10 in one-goal games.

On the Road
Winnipeg is 19-16-0 on the road this season and play six of their last 10 games in the regular season on the road…The Jets haven’t won back-to-back road games in 2019 and their past 10 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…Winnipeg is 4-for-11 (36.4%) on the power play in their past four road games and are 6-for-7 (85.7%) on the penalty kill in their past three road games…The Jets have scored 26 goals in their past seven road games, but have been held to two goals or less in three of the seven games…Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in scoring on the road this season with 38 points (10G, 28A) in 35 games…Patrik Laine leads the Jets with 19 goals on the road.

Party in the Pacific
The Jets are 14-5-2 against Pacific Division opponents this season and have won nine of their past 13 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 23-6-4 run in their last 33 games versus the Pacific…Blake Wheeler (5G, 17A) leads the Jets in scoring against the Pacific Division this season with 22 points in 21 games…Goaltender Laurent Brossoit is 4-2 with a 1.91 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in six games against Pacific Division teams this season. 

Offensive March
The Jets have scored 34 goals in March, which is tied for the NHL lead…Winnipeg has four goals or more in five of their nine games this month…Eighteen of the 21 skaters that have played for the Jets this month have at least a point, led by Blake Wheeler’s 15 points (8G, 7A)…Thirteen different Jets players have scored this month…Mark Scheifele is averaging better than a point per game with 10 points (3G, 7A) in nine games.

Springing Ahead
March and April have historically been successful months for the Jets, as the team has gone 83-54-15 in those two months since relocation…During the past three seasons, the Jets are 33-11-2 in March and April, including a perfect 8-0-0 in April…Blake Wheeler is the franchise’s leading scorer in March with 121 points (47G, 74A) in 127 games…Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is 16-7-2 during his career in March with a 2.72 goals-against average and .916 save percentage.

Wheels Keep Turning

Blake Wheeler had an assist on Monday to extend his point streak to four games (1G, 4A)…He has a point in 54 of his 72 games this season…With 88 points (20G, 68A), Wheeler is guaranteed to have better than a point per game this season for the second consecutive season…He has 68 assists this season, which is second in the NHL and has matched the career high he set last season…Wheeler needs one assist to match Marc Savard’s franchise record of 69 assists in a season…Wheeler has scored 20 goals or more in six consecutive seasons…During the past four seasons, Wheeler’s 236 assists are second most in the NHL.

Winner, Winner
Defenceman Tyler Myers scored his third game-winning goal of the season on Monday, which matches his total from last season…Jets defencemen have scored eight game-winning goals this season after scoring seven game-winners last season…Myers’ career high for game-winning goals is five, which he accomplished during the 2010-11 season…This is the ninth time in franchise history that a defenceman has scored three game-winning goals in a season – seven of which have happened since relocation in 2011…Dustin Byfuglien holds the franchise record for game-winning goals by a defenceman with six, which he did during the 2010-11 and 2015-16 seasons.

Brilliant Brossoit
Since losing four consecutive starts (0-3-1), goaltender Laurent Brossoit has bounced back with three consecutive wins and has a 2.01 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in the trio of games…After parts of four seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, he has established career highs this season in games (20), games started (18), minutes played (1,139) and wins (13), while also posting his first career shutout on Dec. 22 against the Vancouver Canucks by stopping all 40 shots in a 1-0 win…His .927 save percentage is currently the best mark in a single season in franchise history among goaltenders than have played in at least 20 games.

Hit Record
Brandon Tanev had four hits on Monday and leads the Jets in hits this season with 244, which is fourth in the NHL…He has had four hits in a game 32 times this season…Tanev has eclipsed his career high of 188 hits he had last season…He needs 13 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 3.39 hits per game this season, which is on pace to be a single-season franchise record.

Jets vs. Ducks All-Time Records
Overall: 14-12-5
At Bell MTS Place: 5-3-2
At Honda Center: 7-5-3 

2018-19 Game Log vs. Ducks

Date Location Score Rec Scorers Goaltender
Jan. 13 Winnipeg 4-3 OTW 1-0-0 (29-14-2) Wheeler (9), Laine (25), Chiarot (4), Little (10) Hellebuyck (28 sv, 3 ga)
Feb. 2 Winnipeg 9-3 W 2-0-0 (34-16-2) Copp (4), Roslovic (5, 6, 7), Wheeler (10), Little (12, 13), Lemieux (7), Myers (5) Hellebuyck (26 sv, 3 ga)
Mar. 20 Anaheim        

Jets vs. Ducks Notes

  • In their last meeting, the Jets matched a franchise record with nine goals and set a franchise record with six goals in the first period.
  • Prior to last month’s 9-3 win, the previous three games between the Jets and Ducks were decided in overtime or a shootout.
  • The Jets have earned a point in each of their past six games against the Ducks (5-0-1), including three consecutive wins.
  • Winnipeg is 7-for-21 (33.3%) on the power play in their past seven games against the Ducks and have scored multiple power play goals in two of their past three games in Anaheim.
  • The Jets are 14-for-16 (87.5%) on the penalty kill in their past seven games against Anaheim.
  • Since the Jets franchise relocated to Winnipeg in 2011, 10 of the 18 games between the Jets and Ducks have gone to overtime or a shootout. The Jets are 5-5 in those 10 games.
  • In 31 games between the franchises, there has been only one shutout (5-0 L on Nov. 4, 2001).
  • Bryan Little leads the Jets in career scoring against Anaheim with 19 points (6G, 13A) in 19 games.
  • Jack Roslovic has five points (4G, 1A) in three career games against the Ducks.
  • Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is 4-0-1 in five career starts against the Ducks with a 2.30 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.

Jets-Ducks Connections

  • Jets forward Mathieu Perreault played the 2013-14 season with the Anaheim Ducks collecting 43 points in 69 games.
  • Ducks centre Ryan Kesler played 111 games in Winnipeg for the Manitoba Moose from 2003-2005.
  • Anaheim’s Cam Fowler and Ryan Kesler were teammates with Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler on the 2014 U.S. Olympic team that competed in Sochi, RUS.
  • Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey and Ducks forward Nick Ritchie won a gold medal with Canada at the 2013 U18 World Championship.
  • Jets defenceman Nathan Beaulieu and Ducks defenceman Brendan Guhle were teammates with the Buffalo Sabres during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, while Winnipeg’s Tyler Myers and Anaheim’s Ryan Miller were teammates on the Sabres from 2009-2014.
  • Jets forward Jack Roslovic and Ducks forward Troy Terry won a gold medal playing for USA at the 2017 World Junior Championship. 

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 five 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.

Connor Hellebuyck

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

Paul Maurice

  • Needs two wins to pass Dick Irvin (692) for the seventh-most wins in NHL history.
  • Needs nine wins to reach 700 as an NHL head coach. 

Mathieu Perreault

  • Needs seven points to reach 200 points as a member of the Jets.

Jacob Trouba

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

Blake Wheeler

  • Needs one assist to tie Marc Savard for the most assists in a season in franchise history
  • 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.