The Winnipeg Jets return to the ice tonight after the three-day Christmas break to host the St. Louis Blues at Bell MTS Place in the first game of a home-and-home set…The Jets lost 6-2 to the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night in the last game before the break…Winnipeg visits St. Louis on Sunday afternoon in the back half of the home-and-home series, which begins a stretch of six of seven road games for the Jets.
Dec. 23 vs. MTL – 6-2 L
Jets Scorers: Connor (15), Laine (14)
Canadiens Scorers: Tatar (14, 15), Danault (9, 10), Domi (9), Lehkonen (7)
Jets Goaltender: Laurent Brossoit (42 sv, 6 ga)
Canadiens Goaltenders: Carey Price (27 sv, 2 ga)
Jets PP: 1-for-3
Jets PK: 1-for-2
Recap: Kyle Connor opened the scoring midway through the first period, but the Jets fell 6-2 to the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night…Patrik Laine tallied Winnipeg’s other goal…Anthony Bitetto paced the Jets with six hits, while Josh Morrissey had four blocked shots…Goaltender Laurent Brossoit made 42 saves in the loss.
Three Stars: 1. Danault 2. Tatar 3. Suzuki
Next Five Games
|Dec. 29||2:00 p.m.||At St. Louis||Enterprise Center||TSN3||TSN 1290|
|Dec. 31||8:00 p.m.||At Colorado||Pepsi Center||TSN3||TSN 1290|
|Jan. 2||7:00 p.m.||Toronto||Bell MTS Place||TSN3||TSN 1290|
|Jan. 4||1:00 p.m.||At Minnesota||Xcel Energy Center||TSN3||TSN 1290|
|Jan. 6||6:00 p.m.||At Montreal||Bell Centre||TSN3||TSN 1290|
The Jets end a stretch of playing five of six games at Bell MTS Place tonight…Winnipeg is 10-8-1 on home ice this season, including 9-5-1 in their past 15 home contests…The Jets have lost three consecutive home games after winning five straight at home…Mark Scheifele leads the Jets in scoring at home with 19 points (10G, 97A) in 19 games, including 11 points (6G, 5A) in seven home games during December.
The Jets are 6-3-1 against divisional opponents this season…The Jets are 14-7-1 against the Western Conference this season…The Jets are in the midst of playing five of six games against Western Conference teams…Kyle Connor leads the Jets in scoring against the Western Conference with 23 points (9G, 14A) in 22 games, while Mark Scheifele has a team-leading 11 goals.
Monday’s loss by four goals was Winnipeg’s fourth consecutive loss by three goals or more…The Jets are 9-12 in games decided by two goals or more this season, but 12-2-2 in games decided by one goal…Winnipeg’s 12 wins in one-goal games is tied for the NHL lead…The Jets past seven games have been decided by three goals or more (3-4-0).
Turning the Calendar
The Jets have won 40 games in a calendar year for the third consecutive year and fourth time in the past five years…The Jets need three points in their last three games in 2019 to post their third best record in a calendar year since relocation…Three wins in their last three games of 2019 would match the 46 wins the Jets had in 2017, which is the second most in franchise history.
Jets Record By Calendar Year
2019 on Point
Mark Scheifele leads the Jets in scoring during the 2019 calendar year with 74 points (33G, 41A) in 80 games…He also has a team-leading 11 power play goals…Kyle Connor leads the Jets in goals in 2019 with 36 in 80 games…Blake Wheeler leads the Jets with 21 power play assists in 2019.
Patrik Laine scored his eighth second period goal of the season on Monday, which is tied for sixth in the NHL and two behind Alexander Ovechkin’s NHL-leading 10 second period goals…Laine is tied for ninth in the NHL with 16 (8G, 8A) second period points this season…Three of Laine’s second period goals have been assisted by Mark Scheifele, who is third in the NHL this season with 14 second period assists…The second period has been the most productive of Laine’s NHL career with 49 of his 124 career goals coming in the middle frame.
Mark Scheifele had the primary assist on both of Winnipeg’s goals on Monday to join Blake Wheeler, Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor for the team lead in primary assists with 13…All four players have more primary assists than secondary assists…Laine is four primary assists away from matching the career high 17 primary assists he had last season…Wheeler holds the franchise record for primary assists with 283.
Jets vs. Blues Information
At Bell MTS Place: 6-6-2
Jets vs. Blues Notes
- The Jets and Blues met in the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Blues won the series four-games-to-two en route to winning the Stanley Cup.
- The Jets won three of four games during the regular season last season against the Blues, outscoring St. Louis 18-10.
- The Jets have won four of their past five regular season games against the Blues and 12 of their last 14 meetings.
- The Jets are 14-11-3 in the regular season against St. Louis since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg in 2011.
- The Jets have a power play goal in six of their past seven regular season games against the Blues (6-for-31, 19.4%).
- Winnipeg is 28-for-33 (84.8%) on the penalty kill in their past 11 regular season games against St. Louis.
- Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in career scoring against the Blues with 35 points (14G, 21A) in 31 games, while Mark Scheifele has 24 points (10G, 14A) in 25 games.
- Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is 6-3-0 against the Blues in the regular season with a 1.66 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage.
Career Scoring vs. Blues
Career Goaltending Against the Blues
Former Blues Playing for the Jets
Former Jets Playing for the Blues
- Needs two points to reach 100 for his NHL career.
- Needs four goals to pass Marian Hossa (108) for 10th in goals in franchise history.
- Needs one shutout to pass Ondrej Pavelec (17) for the most shutouts in franchise history.
- Needs seven penalty minutes to reach 300 for his NHL career.
- Needs six games played to reach 400 for his NHL career.
- Needs six penalty minutes to reach 300 for his NHL career.
- Needs three goals to pass Dany Heatley (80) for 12th in goals in franchise history.
- Needs four assists to pass Marc Savard (133) for 11th in assists in franchise history.
Recently Accomplished Milestones
- 3 vs. DAL – Reached 200 penalty minutes for his NHL career.
- 21 at MIN – Reached 100 points for his NHL career.
- Dec. 8 vs. ANA – Reached 400 points for his NHL career.
- Dec. 17 vs. CAR – Played in his 200th career NHL game.
- Dec. 10 vs. DET – Reached 200 goals as a member of the Jets franchise.
- Dec. 21 at MIN – Became the leading scorer in franchise history with 616 points
Nov. 29 – Placed D – Nathan Beaulieu on injured reserve
Nov. 30 – Recalled D – Cameron Schilling from the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Dec. 4 – Placed D – Dmitry Kulikov on injured reserve; Claimed F – Nick Shore off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs; Reassigned F – Michael Spacek to the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Dec. 5 – Activated D – Nathan Beaulieu from injured reserve
Dec. 6 – Reassigned D – Cameron Schilling to the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Dec. 10 – Activated F – Gabriel Bourque from injured reserve; Activated F – Mason Appleton from injured reserve and assigned him to the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Dec. 13 – Loaned F – David Gustafsson to Sweden for the 2020 World Junior Championship
Dec. 18 – Placed F – Andrew Copp and F – Mathieu Perreault on injured reserve; Recalled F – Mason Appleton and F – Jansen Harkins from the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Dec. 19 – Claimed G – Eric Comrie off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings
|Player||Injury||Date Injured||Games Missed|
|Mark Letestu*||Upper Body||—||30|
|Bryan Little*||Upper Body||Nov. 5 vs NJD||21|
|Dmitry Kulikov*||Upper Body||Nov. 29 at ANA||11|
|Mathieu Perreault*||Upper Body||Nov. 15 vs. PHI||4|
|Andrew Copp*||Upper Body||Nov. 17 vs. CAR||3|
*- Currently on injured reserve
Man-Games Lost: 134
How the Jets Were Built
Drafted (13) – Appleton, Connor, Copp, Ehlers, Harkins, Hellebuyck, Laine, Little, Lowry, Morrissey, Poolman, Scheifele, Roslovic
Trade (3) – Beaulieu, Pionk, Wheeler
Free Agency (8) – Bitetto, Bourque, Brossoit, Kulikov, Letestu, Luoto, Perreault, Shaw
Waivers (4) – Comrie, Dahlstrom, Sbisa, Shore
The Manitoba Moose begin their post-Christmas schedule on Sunday afternoon at Bell MTS Place in the first of two games against the Rockford IceHogs…The two sides also meet in Winnipeg on New Year’s Eve…Manitoba sits in tied for fourth in the Central Division with a 15-18-0 record.
TV: TSN3 – Brian Munz & Kevin Sawyer
Radio: TSN 1290 – Paul Edmonds & Trevor Kidd