Game Notes: Jan. 4 at Minnesota Wild

The Winnipeg Jets visit the Minnesota Wild today in the first game of a four-game road trip…The Jets lost 6-3 to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday in their first game of 2020…Winnipeg continues the road trip on Monday at Bell Centre against the Montreal Canadiens.

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Last Game

Jan. 2 vs. TOR – 6-3 L
Jets Scorers: Connor, (21), Laine (15), Scheifele (19)
Maple Leafs Scorers: Nylander (18, 19), Kapanen (10), Dermott (4), Engvall (5), Marner (11)

Jets Goaltenders: Connor Hellebuyck (12 sv, 5 ga), Laurent Brossoit (10 sv, 1 ga)
Maple Leafs Goaltender: Frederik Andersen (45 sv, 3 ga)

Jets PP: 1-for-2
Jets PK:
3-for-4

Recap: The Jets battled back from a 2-0 first period deficit, but lost 6-3 to the Maple Leafs at Bell MTS Place on Thursday night…Kyle Connor and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg, while Patrik Laine paced the Jets with 13 shots.

Three Stars: 1. Nylander 2. Kapanen 3. Scheifele

Next Five Games

Date Time (Local) Opponent Venue TV Radio
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
Jan. 12 1:00 p.m. Nashville Bell MTS Place TSN3 TSN 1290
Jan. 14 7:00 p.m. Vancouver Bell MTS Place TSN3 TSN 1290

 

On the Road

Winnipeg is 12-7-1 on the road this season, which is tied for seventh in the NHL…today the Jets begin a stretch of seven of 10 games on the road…Winnipeg hasn’t lost consecutive games in regulation on the road this season…Mark Scheifele leads the Jets in scoring on the road with 24 points (8G, 16A) in 20 games, while Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers each have 11 goals.

 

Afternoon Tilt

The Jets are 6-1-0 in afternoon games this season, including 3-1-0 on the road…The six wins have tied a franchise record for most wins in afternoon games in a season, which was also done during the 2002-03 and 2016-17 seasons…Winnipeg plays 14 afternoon games this season, which is the most in a season in franchise history…The previous high was 11 during the 2013-14 and 2016-17 seasons…Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in scoring in day games this season with 11 points (2G, 9A) in seven games, while Mark Scheifele has a team best five goals, including three game-winning goals.

 

Consistent Power Play

The Jets have scored a power play goal in five of their past six games…Winnipeg is 5-for-16 (31.3%) on the power play during the six games…The Jets are averaging a power play goal per game since Dec. 8, going 11-for-35 (31.4%) on the power play during that time…Kyle Connor has scored Winnipeg’s past four power play goals, which have all been assisted by Mark Scheifele…Scheifele has factored into 10 of Winnipeg’s 11 power play goals since Dec. 8 (4G, 6A).

 

Shots for Everybody

Winnipeg outshot Toronto 48-28 on Thursday, which marked the first time in five games that the Jets outshot their opposition…All 18 skaters registered at least one shot in the game…The Jets fired 23 shots in the second period, which is the most in a period this season…Winnipeg is 7-10-1 when outshooting their opponent this season, but 14-6-3 when being outshot.

 

Hot After the Break

Kyle Connor (6G, 1A) and Mark Scheifele (2G, 5A) lead the Jets in scoring since the Christmas break with seven points in four games…Both players have multiple points in consecutive games.

 

Shooter

Patrik Laine had a career high 13 shots on Thursday, which is the most by a player in a game in the NHL this season…His previous high for shots in a game was eight…Thursday marked the third time in franchise history a player had 13 or more shots in a game and was three behind Marian Hossa’s record 16 shots on Nov. 1/06 when the franchise was in Atlanta.

 

Goalie Point

Connor Hellebuyck had an assist on Thursday for his first point of the season…It’s his sixth career assist, which ties him with Ondrej Pavelec for the most assists by a goaltender in franchise history…Nine different goaltenders have registered a point in franchise history, which have all been assists.

 

Jets vs. Wild Information

All-Time Record: 19-21-3
Home: 11-9-1
Road: 8-12-2
At Bell MTS Place: 10-6-1
Media Guide Page: jetsmedia.ca/Minnesota-wild

Series Notes
  • The Jets have won both games against the Wild this season after losing the previous six games prior to this season.
  • There have been seven winning streaks of three games or more in the all-time series between the two teams, including five since 2015.
  • Winnipeg is 16-15-2 during the regular season when facing Minnesota since moving to Manitoba in 2011.
  • The Jets are 2-6-0 in their past eight trips to Minnesota and have been outscored 24-18 in the eight games.
  • Blake Wheeler leads all active Minnesotans in the NHL in scoring against the Wild with 33 points (14G, 19A) in 37 games and has five career game-winning goals against the Wild…He’s on a four-game point streak against Minnesota (3G, 3A).

 

Career Scoring vs. Wild
Player GP G A Pts PPG
Blake Wheeler 37 13 20 33 0.89
Bryan Little 31 9 12 21 0.68
Mark Scheifele 28 7 14 21 0.75
Mathieu Perreault 26 8 11 19 0.73
Patrik Laine 16 10 4 14 0.88
Nikolaj Ehlers 20 7 4 11 0.55
Kyle Connor 12 3 6 9 0.75
Adam Lowry 22 3 5 8 0.36
Josh Morrissey 14 1 6 7 0.50
Dmitry Kulikov 19 0 6 6 0.32
Luca Sbisa 24 1 5 6 0.25
Andrew Copp 18 2 3 5 0.28
Gabriel Bourque 26 2 2 4 0.15
Mark Letestu 17 2 1 3 0.18
Neal Pionk 6 0 3 3 0.50
Nicholas Shore 10 1 2 3 0.30
Anthony Bitetto 8 0 2 2 0.25
Nathan Beaulieu 9 0 1 1 0.11
Jansen Harkins 1 0 1 1 1.00
Jack Roslovic 8 1 0 1 0.13
Logan Shaw 7 1 0 1 0.14
Mason Appleton 4 0 0 0 0.00
Carl Dahlstrom 3 0 0 0 0.00
Sami Niku 1 0 0 0 0.00
Tucker Poolman 2 0 0 0 0.00
Career Goaltending Against the Wild
Player GP W L OTL ShO Sv% GAA
Connor Hellebuyck 16 7 6 0 2 0.921 2.39
Laurent Brossoit 1 0 0 0 0 0.938 2.20
Former Wild Playing for the Jets

F – Anthony Bitetto

Former Jets Playing for the Wild

None

Upcoming Milestones

Andrew Copp
  • Needs two points to reach 100 for his NHL career.
Nikolaj Ehlers
  • Needs three 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 one assist to reach 100 assists for his NHL career
Bryan Little
  • Needs seven penalty minutes to reach 300 for his NHL career.
Adam Lowry
  • Needs two 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
  • Dec. 3 vs. DAL – Reached 200 penalty minutes for his NHL career.
Josh Morrissey
  • Dec. 21 at MIN – Reached 100 points for his NHL career.
Mark Scheifele
  • Dec. 8 vs. ANA – Reached 400 points for his NHL career.
Logan Shaw
  • Dec. 17 vs. CAR – Played in his 200th career NHL game.
Blake Wheeler
  • 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
  • Dec. 31 at COL – Played in his 900th NHL game.

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)
Dec. 31 – Activated F – Mathieu Perreault from injured reserve
Jan. 2 – Reassigned F – Joona Luoto to the Manitoba Moose (AHL); Placed D – Nathan Beaulieu on injured reserve; Recalled D – Sami Niku from the Manitoba Moose (AHL)

Current Injuries

Player Injury Date Injured Games Missed
Mark Letestu* Upper Body 34
Bryan Little* Upper Body Nov. 5 vs NJD 25
Dmitry Kulikov* Upper Body Nov. 29 at ANA 15
Andrew Copp* Upper Body Nov. 17 vs. CAR 7
Nathan Beaulieu* Lower Body Dec. 31 at COL 1

*- Currently on injured reserve

Man-Games Lost: 153

How the Jets Were Built

Drafted (14) – Appleton, Connor, Copp, Ehlers, Harkins, Hellebuyck, Laine, Little, Lowry, Morrissey, Niku, Poolman, Scheifele, Roslovic
Trade (3) – Beaulieu, Pionk, Wheeler
Free Agency (7) – Bitetto, Bourque, Brossoit, Kulikov, Letestu, Perreault, Shaw
Waivers (3) – Dahlstrom, Sbisa, Shore

Moose Tracks

The Manitoba Moose lost 1-0 to the Colorado Eagles last night and sit in fifth place in the Central Division with a 17-19-0 record…Eric Comrie made 22 saves in his first game for the Moose this season…Manitoba wraps up a six-game homestand tonight against the Eagles.

 

Broadcast Information

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

Jets Communications

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