The Winnipeg Jets host the St. Louis Blues tonight in the second of three consecutive pre-season home games for the Jets…Winnipeg is 1-1 so far during the pre-season after losing 2-0 in Edmonton on Monday and defeating the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Wednesday…The Jets finish the three-game homestand on Sunday against the Calgary Flames.
Sep. 18 vs. MIN – 4-1 W
Jets Scorers: Copp (1), Wheeler (1), Morrissey (1), Suess (1)
Wild Scorers: Sturm (1)
Jets Goaltender: Brossoit (20 sv, 1 ga)
Wild Goaltenders: Kahkonen (18 sv, 2 ga); Robson (10 sv, 1 ga)
Jets PP: 1-for-3
Jets PK: 3-for-3
Recap: Andrew Copp and Blake Wheeler scored 38 seconds apart in the first 1:37 of the first period, as the Jets beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Wednesday night at Bell MTS Place…Josh Morrissey had a power play goal in the third period, while C.J. Suess sealed the victory with an empty goal goal with 1:15 to play…Copp (1G, 1A), Wheeler (1G, 1A) and Sami Niku (2A) each had two points…Laurent Brossoit stopped 20 of 21 shots and held Minnesota scoreless through the first 48:44 of the game…The Jets were a perfect three-for-three on the penalty kill…Mark Scheifele won 10-of-16 faceoffs (63%).
Three Stars: 1. Wheeler 2. Morrissey 3. Copp
No. 1 Tendy
Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is slated to make his pre-season debut tonight for the Jets…He’s played in 212 games during the past four seasons, which is the second most games played in franchise history and 11th amongst NHL goaltenders in the past four seasons…Hellebuyck’s 117 wins are also second in franchise history, while his .915 save percentage is first among qualified goaltenders.
First Round of Defence
2019 first round selection Ville Heinola is playing in his second consecutive game…He played 16:42 in his pre-season debut on Wednesday and had two blocked shots…2016 first round selection Logan Stanley is also playing in his second pre-season game after playing 18:34 and blocking three shots against the Oilers on Monday.
Against the Blues
The Jets went 3-1-0 against the Blues in 2018-19 in the regular season, but fell to the Blues in six games in the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs…The Jets are 10-3 against St. Louis in the regular season during the last three seasons…Blake Wheeler has 20 points (7G, 13A) in 13 games against the Blues during the past three seasons, which leads the NHL…Connor Hellebuyck went 2-1-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average and .942 save percentage in three games against the Blues last season.
The Jets are scheduled to face the Calgary Flames at Mosaic Stadium in Regina on Oct. 26 for the 2019 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic…This is Winnipeg’s second outdoor game, as the Jets hosted the Edmonton Oilers in 2016 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic at IG Field.
The Jets play five of their first six games on the road to begin the regular season, including a four-game road trip to start the season…Winnipeg visits the New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, and Pittsburgh Penguins to kick off the 2019-20 campaign…The Jets were 22-18-1 on the road last season, which was 13th in the NHL.
The Jets went 1-2 during the Rookie Showcase earlier this month in Bellville, Ont…The Jets rookies beat Montreal 2-1, while they dropped the two games to Ottawa (8-1 and 2-1 OTL)…Cole Maier led the Jets contingent in scoring with three points in three games (1G, 2A).
The Jets play seven pre-season games in 14 days this month…Winnipeg plays their usual pre-season counterparts twice each – Minnesota, Calgary, and Edmonton – and host the defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues on Sept. 20 at Bell MTS Place.