The Winnipeg Jets look to even their first round Stanley Cup Playoffs series tonight against the St. Louis Blues in Game 2 at Bell MTS Place…The Jets lost Game 1 of the series 2-1 on Wednesday, marking the first time in four playoff series that the Jets have lost the first game…After tonight, the series shifts to Enterprise Center in St. Louis for Game 3 on Sunday and Game 4 on Tuesday.
The Jets led after the second period in Game 1, but fell to 9-4 all-time in the playoffs when leading after 40 minutes…The Jets were 9-0 last season in the playoffs when holding a lead after the second period and 42-1-1 in the regular season…The Jets were 26-5-4 during the regular season this season when leading after the second period, which was tied with the Florida Panthers for the most losses in the NHL.
The Jets franchise is 1-4 all-time in Game 2s…The Jets beat the Minnesota Wild in Game 2 of their first round series last season, but dropped Game 2 against the Nashville Predators and Vegas Golden Knights.
The Jets have been limited to one goal in each of their past three playoff home games dating back to last season…The last time the Jets scored multiple goals in a playoff game at home was Game 1 of the Western Conference Final last season when they beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2…The Jets averaged 2.9 goals per game in home games during last season’s playoffs and 3.29 goals during the regular season this season.
Back in the Dance
The Jets are back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second consecutive season…It’s the first time in franchise history that the Jets have reached the playoffs in back-to-back seasons and fourth time overall.
|Records in Seasons When Making the Playoffs|
Return of the Whiteout
Tens of thousands of white-clad Jets fans are expected to cheer on the Jets inside Bell MTS Place and outside the adjacent street party tomorrow…The Jets had one of the best home records in the NHL during the regular season at 25-12-4…Last season in the playoffs, the Jets went 5-3 on home ice, including winning their first four home games.
New Playoff Foe
This is the sixth playoff series in franchise history and the sixth time the Jets face a different opponent…The then-Atlanta Thrashers played the New York Rangers in 2006…The Jets made the playoffs for the first time after relocation in 2015 and met the Anaheim Ducks in the first round…Last season, Winnipeg played the Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators and Vegas Golden Knights.
The Jets went 13-12-1 against Central Division teams during the regular season, which is their poorest divisional record since going 11-16-2 during the 2015-16 season…Winnipeg has been above .500 against their divisional foes in four of six seasons since moving to the Central Division…Winnipeg finished the season 4-7-1 in their last 12 games against Central Division teams and three of the four wins came against Nashville…Since the start of the 2016- 17 season, the Jets are 47-29-5 against Central Division teams, which is second in the NHL…In that same time frame, Blake Wheeler leads all NHLers in scoring against the Central Division with 98 points (28G, 70A) in 81 games, while Mark Scheifele has 90 points (37G, 53A) in 73 games.
Jets head coach Paul Maurice is coaching in the postseason for the seventh time in his career…Maurice is 34-41 behind the bench in playoff games, with the highlight of his postseason success coming in 2002 when he coached the Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup final…The nine playoff wins the Jets posted last season is the second most Maurice has had in a playoff run, next to the 2002 season.
Three or less
Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has allowed three goals or less in 10 consecutive playoff starts dating back to last season…Despite a 3-7-0 record, Hellebuyck has a 2.34 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in those 10 games, during which the Jets have been outscored 23-25.
Dustin Byfuglien is the only player on the Jets roster to score an overtime goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and happened nearly a decade ago…Byfuglien did it during his time with the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks…The Jets franchise has never won a playoff game in overtime, going 0-2 thus far.
Dustin Byfuglien Overtime Goal
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All-Time Playoff Appearance: 4th
Consecutive Playoff Appearance: 2
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2018 (FR: 4-1 W vs. MIN; SR: 4-3 W vs. NSH; CF: 4-1 L vs. VGK)
All-Time Playoff Record: 9-17 in 26 GP (2-3 in 5 series)
Game 7s: 1-0 (0-0 at home, 1-0 on road)
Overtime: 0-2 (0-1 at home, 0-1 on road)
Facing Elimination: 1-3 (0-2 at home, 1-1 on road)
With Chance to Clinch Series: 2-1 (1-1 at home, 1-0 on road)