Game Notes: Oct. 10 vs. Minnesota Wild

The Winnipeg Jets bring the curtain up on their 2019-20 regular season home schedule with tonight’s home opener against the Minnesota Wild…The Jets capped a four-game road trip with a 4-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night to go 2-2-0 on the trip…Winnipeg is back on the road Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks before returning to Bell MTS Place to host Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Link: Game Notes PDF | Expanded Game Notes

Last Game

Oct. 8 at PIT – 4-1 W
Jets Scorers: Heinola (1), Ehlers (1), Poolman (1), Pionk (2)
Penguins Scorers: Crosby (1)

Jets Goaltender: Hellebuyck (37 sv, 1 ga)
Penguins Goaltender: Murray (18 sv, 4 ga)

Jets PP: 0-for-0
Jets PK:
2-for-2

Recap: The Winnipeg Jets surrendered the first goal of the game 32 seconds into the first period, but rattled off four unanswered goals to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Tuesday night…Ville Heinola, Nikolaj Ehlers, and Tucker Poolman scored their first goals of the season for Winnipeg, while Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele each tallied three assists…Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck stopped 37 of 38 shots.

Three Stars: 1. Scheifele 2. Laine 3. Poolman

Next Five Games

Date

Time (Local)

Opponent

Venue

TV

Radio

Oct. 12

6:00 p.m.

@ Chicago

United Center

Sportsnet

TSN 1290

Oct. 13

6:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh

Bell MTS Place

Sportsnet

TSN 1290

Oct. 15

7:00 p.m.

Arizona

Bell MTS Place

TSN3

TSN 1290

Oct. 17

7:00 p.m.

NY Islanders

Bell MTS Place

TSN3

TSN 1290

Oct. 20

6:00 p.m.

Edmonton

Bell MTS Place

Sportsnet

TSN 1290

At Home

The Jets play six of their next seven games at Bell MTS Place…Winnipeg finished fourth in the NHL last season by going 25-11-4 at home…The past two seasons are the only two seasons in franchise history in which the Jets have won 25 or more home games…Winnipeg’s longest winning streak at home last season was seven games from Jan. 6-Feb. 2/19…The Jets had one of the best power plays at home in the NHL last season, finishing second at 31.4% (38-for-121)…Winnipeg’s 38 power play goals at home last season was also second in the NHL…The Jets have a 57-19-6 record at Bell MTS Place in the past two regular seasons, which is the third best home record in the NHL…The Jets scored 151 goals at home last season, which was third in the NHL, and outscored their opposition 118-59 in their 25 wins.

Central Foes

Tonight and Saturday against the Chicago are Winnipeg’s first games against Central Division opponents this season…The Jets went 13-12-1 against Central Division teams last season…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.

Come Back Again and Again

The Jets have trailed first in all four games to start the season and have come back to win two of those games…Winnipeg is the only team in the NHL to post multiple wins when trailing first this season…The Jets and San Jose Sharks (0-4-0) are the only two teams in the NHL so far to trail first in their first four games to start the season…Last season, the Jets won 18 games when trailing first, which was second in the league…Blake Wheeler has a share of the NHL lead this season with two game-tying goals.

Set Up Men

On the back of five assists each, Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele lead the Jets with six points in four games to start the season…Both players had three assists on Tuesday against Pittsburgh, which established a career high for Laine and matched a career high for Scheifele for assists in a game…Laine is averaging 1.25 assists per game to start the season, compared to his career average of 0.33 assists per game.

Backend Production

The Jets had three defenceman score in Tuesday’s win against Pittsburgh…Jets defencemen have accounted for 38.5% of Winnipeg’s goals this season, which is tied for first in the NHL among teams that have played at least three games…Last season, Winnipeg’s defencemen scored 12.6% of the team’s goals…Jets defencemen have factored into nine of Winnipeg’s 13 goals this season (69.2%)…Rookie Ville Heinola (1G, 2A) and Neal Pionk (2G, 1A) lead Jets defencemen with three points in four games.

Player Quick Hits

  • With his first career goal on Tuesday, Ville Heinola (20th overall) became the first player from the 2019 NHL Draft to score a goal in the NHL.
  • Mark Scheifele’s six points (1G, 5A) have come at even strength, which is tied for the NHL lead.
  • Scheifele’s 36 face-off wins is tied for seventh in the NHL.
  • Adam Lowry’s 15 hits is tied for fourth in the NHL, while Gabriel Bourque’s 12 hits is tied for 10th.
  • Carl Dahlstrom (20:59) and Neal Pionk (20:58) are seventh and eighth in the NHL, respectively, in average even strength ice time per game.

Jets vs. Wild Information

All-Time Record: 17-21-3
Home: 10-9-1
Road: 7-12-2
At Bell MTS Place: 8-6-1
Media Guide Page: jetsmedia.ca/Minnesota-wild

Series Notes
  • Winnipeg is 14-15-2 during the regular season when facing Minnesota since moving to Manitoba in 2011.
  • The Jets have outscored the Wild 50-42 in the 15 games at Bell MTS Place.
  • The Jets have lost their last six regular season games to Minnesota, including all five games last season. There have been seven winning streaks of three games or more in the all-time series between the two games, including five since 2015.
  • The Jets have scored a power play goal in five consecutive home games against Minnesota, going 7-for-18 (38.9%).
  • Blake Wheeler leads all active Minnesotans in the NHL in scoring against the Wild with 29 points (11G, 18A) in 35 games and has four career game-winning goals against the Wild.
  • Five of Mathieu Perreault’s eight career goals against Minnesota have come on the power play.
Career Scoring vs. Wild

Player

GP

G

A

Pts

PPG

Blake Wheeler

35

11

18

29

0.83

Bryan Little

31

9

12

21

0.68

Mathieu Perreault

25

8

11

19

0.76

Mark Scheifele

26

6

12

18

0.69

Nikolaj Ehlers

18

6

4

10

0.56

Patrik Laine

14

6

2

8

0.57

Kyle Connor

10

2

5

7

0.70

Adam Lowry

20

3

4

7

0.35

Dmitry Kulikov

18

0

6

6

0.33

Gabriel Bourque

24

2

2

4

0.17

Andrew Copp

17

2

2

4

0.24

Mark Letestu

16

2

1

3

0.19

Josh Morrissey

12

1

2

3

0.25

Nathan Beaulieu

8

0

1

1

0.13

Neal Pionk

4

0

1

1

0.25

Mason Appleton

2

0

0

0

0.00

Anthony Bitetto

6

0

0

0

0.00

Carl Dahlstrom

3

0

0

0

0.00

Sami Niku

1

0

0

0

0.00

Jack Roslovic

6

0

0

0

0.00

Career Goaltending Against the Wild

Player

GP

W

L

OTL

ShO

Sv%

GAA

Connor Hellebuyck

14

5

6

0

1

0.911

2.60

Laurent Brossoit

1

0

0

0

0

0.938

2.20

Former Wild Playing for the Jets

F – Anthony Bitetto

Former Jets Playing for the Wild

None

Upcoming Milestones

Anthony Bitetto
  • Needs 10 penalty minutes for 100 for his NHL career.
Gabriel Bourque
  • Needs three points for 100 for his NHL career.
Andrew Copp
  • Needs three games played to reach 300 for his NHL career.
Nikolaj Ehlers
  • Needs nine goals to reach 100 for his NHL career.
Dmitry Kulikov
  • Needs five penalty minutes to reach 400 for his NHL career.
Patrik Laine
  • Needs eight penalty minutes to reach 100 for his NHL career.
Mark Letestu
  • Needs seven goals to reach 100 for his NHL career.
  • Needs 10 penalty minutes to reach 100 for his NHL career.
Bryan Little
  • Needs nine penalty minutes to reach 300 for his NHL career.
Adam Lowry
  • Needs two goals to pass Toby Enstrom (54) for 20th in goals in franchise history.
  • Needs eight penalty minutes reach 200 for his NHL career.
Mathieu Perreault
  • Needs two points to reach 200 as a member of the Jets.
  • Needs eight penalty minutes to reach 300 for his NHL career.
Blake Wheeler
  • Needs one point to reach 700 for his NHL career.
  • Needs five assists to reach 400 as a member of the Jets franchise.
  • Needs six goals to reach 200 as a member of the Jets franchise.

Recently Accomplished Milestones

Nikolaj Ehlers
  • 3 at NYR – Reached 200 points for his NHL career.
  • 4 at NJD – Played in the 300th game of his NHL career.

Recent Transactions

Sept. 27 – Signed F – Patrik Laine to a two-year, $6.75 million AAV contract
Sept. 28 – Signed F – Kyle Connor to a seven-year, $7.14 million AAV contract
Sept. 30 – Assigned D – Nelson Nogier, F – JC Lipon, F – Joona Luoto and F – C.J. Suess to the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Oct. 1 – Claimed D – Carl Dahlstrom off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks, placed D – Nathan Beaulieu on injured reserve, and assigned D – Sami Niku to the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Oct. 8 – Recalled D – Sami Niku and D – Nelson Nogier from the Manitoba Moose (AHL), placed F – Bryan Little on injured reserve, and moved D – Dmitry Kulikov to non-roster status for personal reasons
Oct. 9 – Reassigned D – Nelson Nogier to the Manitoba Moose (AHL)

Current Injuries

Player

Injury

Date Injured

Games Missed

Nathan Beaulieu*

Upper Body

Sept. 29 at MIN

4

Bryan Little*

Upper Body

Sept. 29 at MIN

4

Josh Morrissey

Upper Body

Oct. 6 at NYI

2

*- Currently on injured reserve

Man-Games Lost: 10

How the Jets Were Built

Drafted (15) – Appleton, Connor, Copp, Ehlers, Gustafsson, Heinola, Hellebuyck, Laine, Little, Lowry, Niku, Morrissey, Poolman, Scheifele, Roslovic
Trade (3) – Beaulieu, Pionk, Wheeler
Free Agency (6) – Bitetto, Bourque, Brossoit, Kulikov, Letestu, Perreault
Waivers (1) – Dahlstrom

Moose Tracks

The Manitoba Moose went 1-1-0 during a two-game Texas road trip last weekend to start the season…Logan Shaw leads the Moose in scoring with three points (1G, 2A) in two games…Manitoba hosts the Toronto Marlies on Oct. 11 in their home opener at Bell MTS Place.

Broadcast Information

TV:         TSN – Dennis Beyak & Kevin Sawyer
Radio:
   TSN 1290 – Paul Edmonds & Brian Munz

Jets Communications

Jets Media Site: jetsmedia.ca
Jets Media Guide: jetsmedia.ca/media-guide