Game Notes: Oct. 3 at New York Rangers

The Winnipeg Jets begin their 2019-20 season tonight at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers…It’s the first game of a four-game road trip for the Jets to start the season…Winnipeg continues its road trip tomorrow night against the New Jersey Devils.

Last Game

Sept. 29 at MIN – 5-4 OTW
Jets Scorers: Perreault (1), Lowry (2), Roslovic (2), Appleton (1), Morrissey (2)
Wild Scorers: Koivu (1), Dumba (2), Fiala (1), Zuccarello (2)

Jets Goaltender: Hellebuyck (16 sv, 3 ga), Brossoit (15 sv, 1 ga)
Wild Goaltender: Dubnyk (23 sv, 5 ga)

Jets PP: 1-for-7
Jets PK:
4-for-5

Recap: The Winnipeg Jets finished their seven-game pre-season schedule with a 5-4 overtime win against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday afternoon…Josh Morrissey capped a three-point game (1G, 2A) by scoring the winner 1:09 into overtime with Winnipeg’s only shot of the extra frame…Mathieu Perreault (1G, 1A) and Blake Wheeler (2A) also had multi-point games…Gabriel Bourque led the Jets with four hits and four blocked shots.

Three Stars: 1. Morrissey 2. Dumba 3. Perreault

Next Five Games

Date

Time (Local)

Opponent

Venue

TV

Radio

Oct. 4

7:00 p.m.

@ New Jersey

Prudential Center

TSN3

TSN 1290

Oct. 6

7:00 p.m.

@ NY Islanders

Barclays Center

Sportsnet

TSN 1290

Oct. 8

6:00 p.m.

@ Pittsburgh

PPG Paints Arena

TSN3

TSN 1290

Oct. 10

7:00 p.m.

Minnesota

Bell MTS Place

TSN3

TSN 1290

Oct. 12

6:00 p.m.

@ Chicago

United Center

SN1/SN360

TSN 1290


Pre-Season Recap

The Jets went 3-3-1 during the pre-season, including 2-1-1 at home and 1-2-0 on the road…Blake Wheeler led the Jets in scoring during the pre-season with six points (2G, 4A) in three games…Both of Wheeler’s goals were game-winning goals…Defenceman Josh Morrissey (2G, 2A) and Tucker Poolman (1G, 3A) trailed Wheeler with four points each…Goaltender Laurent Brossoit was 3-0 in three games played with a 1.28 goals-against average and .950 save percentage.

Season Openers

The Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1 in their opener last season to improve to 5-1-0 in their past six season openers…As a franchise, Winnipeg is 10-8-1 all-time in season openers…The Jets are 5-2-0 when starting the season on the road, including winning their past four season openers that are on the road…Scoring has rarely been an issue in season openers of late, as the Jets have scored five goals or more in five of their past six season openers and have outscored their opponents 29-20 in the six games…Bryan Little leads the Jets franchise in scoring in season openers with 11 points (6G, 5A) in 12 games, while Patrik Laine has five points (2G, 3A) in three season openers.

Jets Top 5 Active Players in Season Opener Scoring

Player

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

S

S%

Bryan Little

12

6

5

11

4

0

29

20.7

Blake Wheeler

8

5

4

9

0

9

18

27.8

Mark Scheifele

8

4

3

7

5

2

21

19

Patrik Laine

3

2

3

5

3

0

9

22.2

Mathieu Perreault

5

2

1

3

-1

0

10

20

Kyle Connor

2

1

2

3

1

2

8

12.5

 

On the Road

Including the Heritage Classic on Oct. 26, the Jets play nine of their first 15 games away from Bell MTS Place to start the season…Winnipeg went 22-18-1 on the road last season, which was 13th in the NHL…The Jets won eight of nine road games from Nov. 24-Dec. 31 and never lost more than two consecutive road games…The Jets penalty kill excelled on the road at 82.2%, compared to 75.7% at home…Blake Wheeler led the Jets in scoring on the road last season with 40 points (10G, 30A) in 41 games.

Facing Eastward

Jets went 18-12-2 against Eastern Conference teams last season, including 11-5-0 against the Metropolitan Division and 7-7-2 against the Atlantic Division…Blake Wheeler (10G, 28A) led the Jets with 38 points in 32 games against the Eastern Conference last season, while Mark Schiefele had 36 points (18G, 18A) in 32 games.

Sign Here

The Jets signed three former first round picks to new contracts during the pre-season…On Sept. 12, defenceman Josh Morrissey signed an eight-year, $6.25 million AAV contract extension…Patrik Laine signed a two-year, $6.75 million AAV on Sept. 27 and Kyle Connor inked a seven-year, $7.14 AAV contract on Sept. 28…With those three contracts signed, the Jets have 16 of the 23 players on the opening night roster signed through the 2020-21 season, while two players are RFAs after this season.

Young Guns

Defenceman Ville Heinola, who the Jets selected 20th overall in the 2019 NHL Draft in June, is on the Jets season opening roster after his first NHL training camp…He played in five pre-season games for the Jets, netting two assists…Since relocation, only Mark Scheifele (2011) and Patrik Laine (2016) are first round picks that have made the Jets opening night roster the season after their draft year…Nineteen-year-old centre David Gustafsson is the first player from the Jets 2018 draft class to reach the NHL…The former second round pick has played the past two seasons for HV71 in the Sweden, registering 24 points (8G, 16A) in 81 games.

Jets vs. NY Rangers Information

All-Time Record: 33-36-4
Home: 13-16-2
Road: 20-10-2
At Bell MTS Place: 3-6-0
Media Guide Page: http://jetsmedia.ca/new-york-rangers

Series Notes
  • Winnipeg holds a .656 points percentage all-time at Madison Square Garden, which is tops among active Eastern Conference arenas and trails only Rogers Place in Edmonton (.750).
  • The Jets have won back-to-back games against the Rangers after losing the previous three contests.
  • Winnipeg is 3-for-37 (8.1%) on the power play against the Rangers in the last 12 meetings.
  • The Jets are 7-for-7 on the penalty kill in their last three games against the Rangers.
  • The Jets are 1-4 in their last five games against the Rangers at Bell MTS Place and are 0-for-16 on the power play in those five games.
  • Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in career scoring against the Rangers with 16 points (3G, 13A) in 29 games.

 

Career Scoring vs. Rangers

Player

GP

G

A

Pts

PPG

Blake Wheeler

30

3

14

17

0.57

Bryan Little

32

9

5

14

0.44

Mark Scheifele

11

5

4

9

0.82

Mathieu Perreault

19

1

4

5

0.26

Nikolaj Ehlers

7

2

2

4

0.57

Patrik Laine

6

4

0

4

0.67

Mark Letestu

19

0

3

3

0.16

Nathan Beaulieu

10

0

2

2

0.20

Dmitry Kulikov

22

0

2

2

0.09

Adam Lowry

7

0

2

2

0.29

Mason Appleton

2

0

1

1

0.50

Kyle Connor

5

0

1

1

0.20

Andrew Copp

8

1

0

1

0.13

Josh Morrissey

6

0

1

1

0.17

Jack Roslovic

4

1

0

1

0.25

Anthony Bitetto

2

0

0

0

0.00

Carl Dahlstrom

1

0

0

0

0.00

Career Goaltending Against the Rangers

Player

GP

W

L

OTL

ShO

Sv%

GAA

Connor Hellebuyck

5

3

2

0

0

0.89

3

Former Rangers Playing for the Jets

D – Neal Pionk

Former Jets Playing for the Rangers

F – Brendan Lemieux
D – Jacob Trouba

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 seven games played to reach 300 for his NHL career.
Nikolaj Ehlers
  • Needs one game played to pass Alexander Burmistrov (298) for sole possession of 25th in games played in franchise history.
  • Needs one point to reach 200 for his NHL career.
  • Needs two games played to reach 300 for his NHL career.
  • Needs 10 goals to reach 100 for his NHL career.
Dmitry Kulikov
  • Needs five penalty minutes to reach 400 for his NHL career.
Patrik Laine
  • Needs two assists to pass Rich Peverley (75) for 24th in assists in franchise history.
  • 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 three games played to pass Evander Kane (361) for 16th in games played in franchise history.
  • Needs eight penalty minutes reach 200 for his NHL career.
Josh Morrissey
  • Needs one penalty minute to reach 100 for his NHL career.
Mathieu Perreault
  • Needs four points to reach 200 as a member of the Jets.
  • Needs eight penalty minutes to reach 300 for his NHL career.
Blake Wheeler
  • Needs four points to reach 700 for his NHL career.
  • Needs six assists to reach 400 as a member of the Jets franchise.
  • Needs eight goals to reach 200 as a member of the Jets franchise.

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)

Current Injuries

Player

Injury

Date Injured

Games Missed

Nathan Beaulieu*

Upper Body

Sept. 29 at MIN

*- Currently on injured reserve

Man-Games Lost:

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 begin their 2019-20 AHL season tomorrow night on the road against the San Antonio Rampage in the first of two games this weekend in Texas…The Moose play the Texas Stars on Saturday in the second game of their two-game road trip…Manitoba hosts the Toronto Marlies on Oct. 11 for their home opener at Bell MTS Place.

Broadcast Information

TV:          TSN3 – Dennis Beyak & Kevin Sawyer
Radio:
   TSN 1290 – Paul Edmonds & Brian Munz

Jets Communications

Road Trip Contact: Scott Brown (204-799-6392/sbrown@winnipegjets.com)
Jets Media Site: jetsmedia.ca
Jets Media Guide: jetsmedia.ca/media-guide