Game Notes: Dec. 31 at Colorado Avalanche

The Winnipeg Jets finish a two-game road trip tonight in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche…The Jets dropped a pair of games to the St. Louis Blues coming out of the Christmas break, including a 4-1 loss in St. Louis on Sunday in the first game of the trip…Following tonight’s game, the Jets return home to host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday before embarking on a four-game road trip.

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Last Game

Dec. 29 at STL – 4-1 L
Jets Scorer: Shore (3)
Blues Scorers: O’Reilly (8), Schwartz (12, 13), Thomas (5)

Jets Goaltender: Connor Hellebuyck (24 sv, 3 ga)
Blues Goaltender: Jordan Binnington (25 sv, 1 ga)

Jets PP: 0-for-3
Jets PK:
1-for-2

Recap: The Jets dropped the back half of a home-and-home set with the St. Louis Blues by losing 4-1 on Sunday afternoon…It is Winnipeg’s first loss in seven afternoon games this season…Nick Shore scored his first goal in a Jets uniform for Winnipeg’s lone tally…Patrik Laine led the Jets with six shots, while Adam Lowry had a team high seven hits.

Three Stars: 1. Pietrangelo 2. Binnington 3. Bortuzzo

Next Five Games

Date Time (Local) Opponent Venue TV Radio
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 7:00 p.m. At Montreal Bell Centre TSN3 TSN 1290
Jan. 8 7:30 p.m. At Toronto Scotiabank Arena Sportsnet TSN 1290
Jan. 9 7:00 p.m. At Boston TD Garden TSN3 TSN 1290

 

Western Rivals

The Jets are 6-4-2 against divisional opponents this season…The Jets are 14-8-2 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 25 points (11G, 14A) in 24 games.

 

Road Stint

Winnipeg is 11-7-1 on the road this season, which is seventh in the NHL…The Jets are in the midst of playing six of seven games on the road…Winnipeg hasn’t lost consecutive games in regulation on the road this season, but are 1-3-1 in their past five games away from Bell MTS Place and have been held to two goals or less in each of the four losses…Patrik Laine leads the Jets in scoring on the road this season with 21 points (6G, 15A) in 17 games.

 

New Year’s Eve

The Jets are 4-3-0 in New Year’s Eve games since relocation in 2011…The Jets have won the past two years on New Year’s Eve, which have both been wins in Edmonton against the Oilers.

 

New Year’s Eve Games Since Relocation

2011 – 3-2 W vs. TOR

2013 – 3-0 W vs. BUF

2014 – 5-2 L vs NYI

2015 – 4-2 L at ARI

2016 – 6-2 L vs NYI

2017 – 5-0 W at EDM

2018 – 4-3 W at EDM

 

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…Winnipeg has also reached 90 points in a calendar year for the third consecutive year and fifth time since relocation.

 

Jets Record By Calendar Year

Year GP W L OTL PTS
2011 38 19 14 5 43
2012 44 18 21 5 41
2013 89 42 39 8 92
2014 77 37 28 12 86
2015 80 41 31 8 90
2016 82 35 39 9 79
2017 83 46 27 10 102
2018 81 54 21 6 114
2019 82 43 33 6 92

 

2019 on Point

Mark Scheifele leads the Jets in scoring during the 2019 calendar year with 75 points (33G, 42A) in 82 games…He also has a team-leading 11 power play goals…Kyle Connor leads the Jets in goals in 2019 with 38 in 82 games…Blake Wheeler leads the Jets with 21 power play assists in 2019.

 

Hits Leader

Adam Lowry leads the Jets with 107 hits this season and is the only member of the Jets to surpass to the 100 hit mark so far…His seven hits on Sunday marked the third time this season he’s had seven or more hits in a game…Lowry is on pace for 231 hits this season, which would best the career high 223 hits he had last season.

 

Shooters

Kyle Connor continues to be one of the most frequent shooters in the NHL this season with 134 shots, which is 14th in the NHL…He’s averaging 3.44 shots per game and has multiple shots in eight consecutive games…Connor has a shot in all 39 games he’s played this season, including a career high nine shots on Oct. 29 at ANA…Patrik Laine also has a shot in every game this season and has 20 shots in his past four games…Winnipeg’s top line of Mark Scheifele, Connor and Laine have accounted for 44.6% (121-of-271) of the Jets shots by forwards in December.

Jets vs. Avalanche Information

Overall: 23-13-11
Home: 14-7-3

Road: 9-6-8
At Bell MTS Place: 12-4-1

At Pepsi Center: 9-5-8
Media Guide Page: http://jetsmedia.ca/colorado-avalanche

Series Notes

  • The Jets have points in 13 of their past 17 games (9-4-4) against the Avalanche, but are 0-3-1 in the past four meetings.
  • Winnipeg has been held to four goals combined in the previous four games against Colorado, but tallied 18 goals in the three games prior.
  • The Jets are 10-for-32 (31.3%) on the power play and 30-for-33 (90.9%) on the penalty kill in their past nine games against Colorado.
  • Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in career scoring against Colorado with 48 points (17G, 31A) in 35 games…He also has a team high four game-winning goals against the Avalanche and is a plus-15.
  • Mark Scheifele has 25 points (7G, 18A) in 25 games against the Avalanche…His seven goals include two power play goals and two shorthanded goals.
  • Goaltender Laurent Brossoit is 2-1-0 with a 1.73 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in three career games against Colorado.

 

Career Scoring vs. the Avalanche
Player GP G A Pts PPG
Blake Wheeler 35 17 31 48 1.37
Mark Scheifele 25 7 18 25 1.00
Bryan Little 33 12 11 23 0.70
Mathieu Perreault 29 4 11 15 0.52
Nikolaj Ehlers 16 7 7 14 0.88
Patrik Laine 15 5 7 12 0.80
Gabriel Bourque 15 2 5 7 0.47
Luca Sbisa 23 0 7 7 0.30
Mark Letestu 18 1 5 6 0.33
Kyle Connor 12 4 1 5 0.42
Dmitry Kulikov 21 0 5 5 0.24
Adam Lowry 21 3 2 5 0.24
Josh Morrissey 14 1 4 5 0.36
Anthony Bitetto 7 1 1 2 0.29
Andrew Copp 19 2 0 2 0.11
Nicholas Shore 11 1 1 2 0.18
Mason Appleton 3 0 1 1 0.33
Nathan Beaulieu 8 1 0 1 0.13
Jack Roslovic 8 1 0 1 0.13
Logan Shaw 8 0 1 1 0.13
Carl Dahlstrom 4 0 0 0 0.00
Joona Luoto 1 0 0 0 0.00
Neal Pionk 3 0 0 0 0.00
Tucker Poolman 1 0 0 0 0.00
Career Goaltending Against the Avalanche
Player GP W L OTL ShO Sv% GAA
Connor Hellebuyck 13 6 4 3 1 0.914 2.68
Laurent Brossoit 3 2 1 0 0 0.929 1.73
Former Avalanche Playing for the Jets

None

Former Jets Playing for the Avalanche

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Upcoming Milestones

Andrew Copp
  • Needs two points to reach 100 for his NHL career.
Nikolaj Ehlers
  • Needs four goals to pass Marian Hossa (108) for 10th in goals in franchise history.
Connor Hellebuyck
  • Needs one shutout to pass Ondrej Pavelec (17) for the most shutouts in franchise history.
Patrik Laine
  • Needs three assists to reach 100 assists for his NHL career
Bryan Little
  • Needs seven penalty minutes to reach 300 for his NHL career.
Adam Lowry
  • Needs four games played to reach 400 for his NHL career.
Mathieu Perreault
  • 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

Adam Lowry
  • 3 vs. DAL – Reached 200 penalty minutes for his NHL career.
Josh Morrissey
  • 21 at MIN – Reached 100 points for his NHL career.
Mark Scheifele
  • 8 vs. ANA – Reached 400 points for his NHL career.
Logan Shaw
  • 17 vs. CAR – Played in his 200th career NHL game.
Blake Wheeler
  • 10 vs. DET – Reached 200 goals as a member of the Jets franchise.
  • 21 at MIN – Became the leading scorer in franchise history with 616 points

Recent Transactions

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
Dec. 28 – Placed G – Eric Comrie on waivers
Dec. 29 – Reassigned G – Eric Comrie to the Manitoba Moose (AHL)

Current Injuries

Player Injury Date Injured Games Missed
Mark Letestu* Upper Body 32
Bryan Little* Upper Body Nov. 5 vs NJD 23
Dmitry Kulikov* Upper Body Nov. 29 at ANA 13
Mathieu Perreault* Upper Body Nov. 15 vs. PHI 6
Andrew Copp* Upper Body Nov. 17 vs. CAR 5

*- Currently on injured reserve

Man-Games Lost: 143

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 (3) – Dahlstrom, Sbisa, Shore

 

Moose Tracks

The Manitoba Moose beat the Rockford IceHogs 3-2 Sunday to improve to 16-18-0 on the season…Manitoba occupies sixth place in the Central Division…Johnathan Kovacevic and Skyler McKenzie (2A) each had two points to the Moose in yesterday’s win…Manitoba continues their six-game homestand today against Rockford.

 

Broadcast Information

TV:         TSN3 – Brian Munz & Kevin Sawyer
Radio:   TSN 1290 – Paul Edmonds & Trevor Kidd

Jets Communications

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