Game Notes: Oct. 8 at Pittsburgh Penguins

The Winnipeg Jets finish their four-game season opening road trip tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins…The Jets are 1-2-0 on the trip so far after losing 4-1 to the New York Islanders on Sunday night…After tonight’s game, the Jets return to Bell MTS Place for their home opener on Thursday against the Minnesota Wild.

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Last Game

Oct. 6 at NYI – 4-1 L
Jets Scorer: Laine (1)
Islanders Scorers: Bailey (1), Nelson (1), Lee (1), Beauvillier (1)

Jets Goaltender: Brossoit (29 sv, 4 ga)
Islanders Goaltender: Greiss (35 sv, 1 ga)

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

Recap: The Winnipeg Jets outshot the New York Islanders 15-9 in the first period, but gave up three goals in the second period and lost 4-1 on Sunday night…Patrik Laine scored his first goal of the season in the second period for Winnipeg’s only tally…Kyle Connor and Ville Heinola led the Jets with five shots.

Three Stars: 1. Beauvillier 2. Bailey 3. Greiss

Next Five Games

Date

Time (Local)

Opponent

Venue

TV

Radio

Oct. 10

7:00 p.m.

Minnesota

Bell MTS Place

TSN3

TSN 1290

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


Few Penalties

The Jets are averaging a paltry 3.3 penalty minutes per game to start the season…Winnipeg was assessed two minor penalties in each of their first two games and just one minor penalty on Sunday against the Islanders…Last season the Jets averaged 9.3 penalty minutes per game, which was the fifth most in the NHL.

Three Goal Periods

The Jets have allowed three in goals in a period in each of their first three games…Last season the Jets allowed three goals or more in a period 11 times, which was second fewest in the NHL behind the New York Islanders’ 10 occurrences…Winnipeg allowed 2.96 goals against per game last season (15th in the NHL), compared to 4.67 goals against per game to start this season.

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.

Road Trippin’

Including the 2019 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic later this month, Winnipeg plays nine of their first 15 games of the season away from Bell MTS Place…The Jets start the season with five of their first six games on the road…The Jets went 8-7-1 in games that were a part of a four-game road trip last season…The Jets had four four-game trips and won two games on each trip.

First For Laine

Patrik Laine scored his first goal of the season on Sunday against the Islanders, leaving the Columbus Blue Jackets as the only team he hasn’t scored against in his career…Since entering the NHL, Laine’s 111 goals in 239 games ranks sixth in the NHL, while his 61 goals on the road is third.

Get In There, Kid

Eighteen-year-old defenceman Ville Heinola has gone from 18:24 to 21:10 to 23:01 of ice time in his first three career games…He’s also averaging 1:42 of power play time per game, which is third most by a rookie defenceman in franchise history behind Toby Enstrom (5:44 in 2007-08) and Jacob Trouba (1:58 in 2013-14)…The franchise rookie record for most ice time in a game is 33:39, which was logged by Enstrom Mar. 7/08 in a 3-2 win against the Minnesota Wild.

Face-Off Success

Jack Roslovic won six of eight face-offs on Sunday against the Islanders to increase his face-off winning percentage to 62.5% this season…He holds a career 44.4% face-off winning percentage…He’s won five face-offs or more five times during his career and all five of those games were on the road.

Jets vs. Penguins Information

All-Time Record: 15-40-8
Home: 11-18-3
Road: 4-22-5
At Bell MTS Place: 4-5-1
At PPG Paints Arena: 0-9-2
Media Guide Page: jetsmedia.ca/pittsburgh-penguins

Series Notes
  • The Jets are 1-4-2 in the past seven games against the Penguins.
  • The Jets franchise has never won a game at PPG Paints Arena, but have lost in overtime in two of their past three visits. It’s the only NHL arena in which the team has not posted a victory.
  • The Jets are zero-for-seven on the power play in their past three games in Pittsburgh.
  • Bryan Little (2) and Blake Wheeler (1) are the only two players on the Jets roster that have scored a game-winning goal against the Penguins.
  • Winnipeg is 66.7% all-time on the power play at PPG Paints Arena, which is the lowest of any NHL building the franchise has played in.
  • Mark Scheifele is averaging a point per game against the Penguins with 11 points (4G, 7A) in 11 career games, including eight points (3G, 5A) in his last five games against Pittsburgh.

 

 

Career Scoring vs. Penguins

Player

GP

G

A

Pts

PPG

Blake Wheeler

31

10

14

24

0.77

Bryan Little

30

8

9

17

0.57

Dustin Byfuglien

24

5

6

11

0.46

Mark Scheifele

11

4

7

11

1.00

Dmitry Kulikov

25

1

5

6

0.24

Adam Lowry

8

1

4

5

0.63

Nikolaj Ehlers

8

1

3

4

0.50

Mathieu Perreault

16

0

4

4

0.25

Neal Pionk

5

0

4

4

0.80

Gabriel Bourque

7

2

1

3

0.43

Kyle Connor

4

0

2

2

0.50

Andrew Copp

6

1

1

2

0.33

Carl Dahlstrom

2

0

2

2

1.00

Mark Letestu

16

0

2

2

0.13

Nathan Beaulieu

13

0

1

1

0.08

Patrik Laine

6

1

0

1

0.17

Josh Morrissey

6

1

0

1

0.17

Anthony Bitetto

2

0

0

0

0.00

Jack Roslovic

2

0

0

0

0.00

 
Career Goaltending Against the Penguins

Player

GP

W

L

OTL

ShO

Sv%

GAA

Connor Hellebuyck

7

2

3

2

1

0.911

2.91

 
Former Penguins Playing for the Jets

F – Mark Letestu

Former Jets Playing for the Penguins

F – Brandon Tanev

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 four games played to reach 300 for his NHL career.
Nikolaj Ehlers
  • 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 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)

Current Injuries

Player

Injury

Date Injured

Games Missed

Nathan Beaulieu*

Upper Body

Sept. 29 at MIN

3

Bryan Little*

Upper Body

Sept. 29 at MIN

3

Josh Morrissey

Upper Body

Oct. 6 at NYI

1

*- Currently on injured reserve

Man-Games Lost: 7

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 went 1-1-0 in 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

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