Game Notes: Oct. 20 vs. Edmonton Oilers

The Winnipeg Jets welcome the Edmonton Oilers to Bell MTS Place tonight in the fourth game of Winnipeg’s five-game homestand…The Jets lost 3-1 to the New York Islanders on Thursday night to fall to 0-3-0 during the homestand…Winnipeg concludes the homestand Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings.

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Last Game

Oct. 17 vs. NYI – 3-1 L
Jets Scorers: Ehlers (3)
Islanders Scorers: Barzal (2, 3), Bailey (3)

Jets Goaltender: Hellebuyck (23 sv, 2 ga)
Islanders Goaltender: Varlamov (32 sv, 1 ga)

Jets PP: 1-for-2
Jets PK:
0-for-1

Recap: Nikolaj Ehlers scored Winnipeg’s only goal at 13:12 of the first period on the power play, as the Jets lost 3-1 to the Islanders on Thursday night…Winnipeg outshot New York 33-26, including 16-5 in the first period…Connor Hellebuyck stopped 23 of 25 shots…The Jets won 60% of the face-offs, paced by Adam Lowry winning 18 of 24 draws (75%).

Three Stars: 1. Barzal 2. Varlamov 3. Ehlers

Next Five Games

Date

Time (Local)

Opponent

Venue

TV

Radio

Oct. 22

7:00 p.m.

Los Angeles

Bell MTS Place

TSN3

TSN 1290

Oct. 26

8:00 p.m.

Calgary

Mosaic Stadium (Regina)

CBC

TSN 1290

Oct. 29

7:00 p.m.

At Anaheim

Honda Center

TSN3

TSN 1290

Nov. 1

7:30 p.m.

At San Jose

SAP Center

TSN3

TSN 1290

Nov. 2

7:00 p.m.

At Vegas

T-Mobile Arena

Sportsnet

TSN 1290

 

Party in the Pacific

Tonight is the second of eight games Winnipeg plays against Pacific Division opponents in 10 outings…Winnipeg’s 4-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday was the first meeting…The Jets went 16-6-2 against Pacific Division opponents last season, which was the most wins against the division by a team outside the division…Winnipeg won 11 of their last 17 games against the Pacific Division…Winnipeg was 17-4-2 against Pacific Division foes in 2017-18 and is on a 25-8-4 run in their past 37 games versus the Pacific…Since 2017-18, Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in scoring against the Pacific Division with 42 points (8G, 34A) in 49 games, while Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine each have a team-leading 20 goals…In goal, Connor Hellebuyck is 27-6-4 with a 2.53 goals-against average and .916 save percentage during that time against the Pacific.

 

Home Stretch

The Jets are in the midst of five consecutive home games and are the home team for six consecutive games including the 2019 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic on Oct. 26 against the Calgary Flames…Winnipeg is also in the midst of nine of 13 games at Bell MTS Place…In the 2019 calendar year, the Jets are 13-9-2 on home ice, but have lost six of their past seven home games dating back to last season…The Jets current three-game home losing streak and their three-game home losing streak to end the 2018-18 regular season are the only times they’ve lost three consecutive games in regulation in their past 92 home games dating back to Mar. 19/17 (64-22-6).

 

Well Behaved

The Jets are leading the NHL in fewest penalty minutes per game with an average of just 3.8 penalty minutes…The Jets have reduced their penalty minutes during the past six seasons, with their previous low being 8.5 minutes per game in 2017-18…Winnipeg has been shorthanded 16 times compared to being on the power play 29 times…The Jets have played 24:43 more on the power play than the penalty kill this season, which leads the NHL by nearly 10 minutes.

 

Season

AVG PIM per game

2014-15

13.0

2015-16

11.2

2016-17

10.2

2017-18

8.5

2018-19

9.3

2019-20

3.8

 

Returning to Sunday Funday

While the Jets have dropped their first two Sunday games this season, Winnipeg went 19-3-0 on Sundays during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 regular seasons…The Jets outscored their opponents 90-40 in those 22 games, but have been outscored 11-3 in their two Sunday games this season…Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in scoring in Sunday games since the start of the 2017-18 season with 37 points (14G, 23A) in 24 games, which leads the NHL by eight points.

 

One From 700

Jets head coach Paul Maurice is one victory away from 700 wins…His 699 career wins is seventh all-time in the NHL…He’s third in wins among active NHL coaches, behind Joel Quenneville (892) and Barry Trotz (814)…With the Jets, Maurice is 239-167-48 for a .579 points percentage, making it his most successful NHL coaching stint…Maurice has coached 1,538 NHL games, which is sixth-most in NHL history.

 

First Point at Home

Nikolaj Ehlers’ power play goal on Thursday was his first point at home this season in four games after posting seven points (2G, 5A) in five road games…Ehlers has produced slightly better on the road during his career with .69 points per game compared to .65 points per game at home…Ehlers is two points away from 100 at Bell MTS Place for his career.

 

Draw Masters

The Jets have had four players take at least 45 face-offs this season and win more than half of them…Adam Lowry won 16 of 24 draws on Thursday to boost his season face-off winning percentage to 56.3%…Jack Roslovic is 34-for-58 (58.6%) in draws this season, while Andrew Copp has won 66 of 123 face-offs (53.7%)…Rookie David Gustafsson has won four of six face-offs in his first two NHL games.

 

Player Quick Hits

  • Patrik Laine’s nine assists are fourth in the NHL.
  • Adam Lowry is fourth in the NHL with 33 hits.
  • Kyle Connor’s 4.11 shots per game is ninth in the NHL.

 

Jets vs. Oilers Information

All-Time Record: 15-14-2
Home: 7-7-1
Road: 8-7-1
At Bell MTS Place: 5-3-1
At Rogers Place: 3-1-0

Series Notes
  • The Jets are undefeated in regulation in their past six games against the Oilers (5-0-1).
  • Winnipeg has outscored Edmonton 27-17 and have tallied at least four goals in those six games.
  • The Jets are 5-for-19 (26.3%) on the power play in their past six games against the Oilers.
  • Winnipeg is 2-0-1 in their past three home games against Edmonton, having not lost at home in regulation to the Oilers since Dec. 1/16.
  • Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in scoring against the Oilers with 20 points (4G, 16A) in 22 games and is 2-for-2 in career shootout attempts against Edmonton.
  • Bryan Little has a team-leading eight goals in 18 games against the Oilers.
  • Andrew Copp has won 64.7% (22-of-34) of his career face-offs against the Oilers.
  • Patrik Laine is averaging 4.0 shots per game against the Oilers during his career, which is the second most for Laine against any NHL opponent behind the Florida Panthers (4.2).

 

Career Scoring vs. Oilers

Player

GP

G

A

Pts

PPG

Blake Wheeler

22

4

16

20

0.91

Bryan Little

18

8

8

16

0.89

Mark Scheifele

17

6

5

11

0.65

Mathieu Perreault

20

5

5

10

0.50

Nikolaj Ehlers

11

4

5

9

0.82

Dmitry Kulikov

16

1

6

7

0.44

Patrik Laine

9

3

2

5

0.56

Josh Morrissey

9

1

4

5

0.56

Gabriel Bourque

16

1

3

4

0.25

Mark Letestu

13

3

1

4

0.31

Kyle Connor

6

2

1

3

0.50

Andrew Copp

10

0

3

3

0.30

Adam Lowry

14

2

1

3

0.21

Anthony Bitetto

6

0

1

1

0.17

Jack Roslovic

3

0

1

1

0.33

Mason Appleton

1

0

0

0

0.00

Nathan Beaulieu

9

0

0

0

0.00

Carl Dahlstrom

1

0

0

0

0.00

Neal Pionk

2

0

0

0

0.00

Tucker Poolman

3

0

0

0

0.00

 
Career Goaltending Against the Oilers

Player

GP

W

L

OTL

ShO

Sv%

GAA

Connor Hellebuyck

10

5

4

1

1

0.889

3.49

 
Former Oilers Playing for the Jets

G – Laurent Brossoit
F – Mark Letestu

Former Jets Playing for the Oilers

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.
Kyle Connor
  • Needs five points to pass Todd White (136) for 21st in franchise scoring.
Nikolaj Ehlers
  • Needs seven goals to reach 100 for his NHL career.
Patrik Laine
  • Needs one point to pass Marc Savard (196) for 13th in franchise scoring.
  • Needs four points to reach 200 for his NHL career.
  • 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 one point to reach 200 as a member of the Jets.
  • Needs eight penalty minutes to reach 300 for his NHL career.
Blake Wheeler
  • Needs three assists to reach 400 as a member of the Jets franchise.
  • Needs five goals to reach 200 as a member of the Jets franchise.

Recently Accomplished Milestones

Andrew Copp
  • 13 vs PIT – Played in his 300th NHL game.
Nikolaj Ehlers
  • 3 at NYR – Reached 200 points for his NHL career.
  • 4 at NJD – Played in the 300th game of his NHL career.
Blake Wheeler
  • 10 vs. MIN – Reached 700 points for 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)
Oct. 10 – Moved D – Dmitry Kulikov to the active roster
Oct. 11 – Reassigned D – Sami Niku to the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Oct. 17 – Recalled D – Nelson Nogier from the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Oct. 18 – 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

9

Bryan Little*

Upper Body

Sept. 29 at MIN

9

Mark Letestu*

Upper Body

Oct. 13 vs. PIT

2

Anthony Bitetto

Lower Body

Oct. 15 vs. ARI

1

*- Currently on injured reserve

Man-Games Lost: 23

How the Jets Were Built

Drafted (14) – Appleton, Connor, Copp, Ehlers, Gustafsson, Heinola, Hellebuyck, Laine, Little, Lowry, 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 dropped both games to the Iowa Wild this weekend to fall to 1-5-0 on the season…Seth Griffith (1G, 4A) and Logan Shaw (3G, 2A) lead the Moose in scoring with five points in six games…The Moose visit the Grand Rapids Griffins and Chicago Wolves next weekend.

Broadcast Information

TV:         Sportsnet – Dave Randorf & Louie DeBrusk
Radio:
   TSN 1290 – Dennis Beyak, Paul Edmonds & Brian Munz

Jets Communications

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