Game Notes: Jan. 6 at Montreal Canadiens

The Winnipeg Jets visit the Montreal Canadiens tonight in the second game of Winnipeg’s four-game road trip…The Jets started the trip with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday afternoon…Winnipeg finishes the trip with games against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday and Boston Bruins on Thursday.

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Last Game

Jan. 4 at MIN – 3-2 L
Jets Scorers: Scheifele (20), Wheeler (14)
Wild Scorers: Foligno (5), Kunin (10) Staal (16)

Jets Goaltender: Connor Hellebuyck (41 sv, 3 ga)
Wild Goaltender: Devan Dubnyk (19 sv, 2 ga)

Jets PP: 2-for-5
Jets PK:
4-for-5

Recap: The Jets grabbed a 2-1 lead early in the first period, but fell 3-2 in overtime to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday afternoon…Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler led Winnipeg with a goal and an assist each…Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 41 of 44 shots in a losing cause…Luca Sbisa led Winnipeg with four blocked shots.

Three Stars: 1. Staal 2. Foligno 3. Hellebuyck

Next Five Games

Date Time (Local) Opponent Venue TV Radio
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
Jan. 16 7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Bell MTS Place TSN3 TSN 1290

 

On the Road

Winnipeg is 12-7-2 on the road this season…Winnipeg’s 26 points earned in road games is tied for fifth in the NHL…The Jets are in 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 26 points (9G, 17A) in 21 games, while Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers each have 11 goals.

 

So Busy

The Jets play three games in four nights this week…It’s the first of two times they play three games in four nights before the all-star/player break later this month…The Jets play 11 games in 21 days from Jan. 2-22 leading up to the eight-day all-star/player break.

 

Needing Back Up

The Jets can earn points in consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 8-10 with a win tonight…After posting five streaks of points in three consecutive games or more in the first two months of the season, the Jets are 3-6-2 since Dec. 12…However, the Jets have lost back-to-back games in regulation just once during that 11-game stretch.

 

OT Woes

Saturday’s loss marked Winnipeg’s third consecutive loss in games decided in overtime this season…The Jets started the season by winning six of seven games decided in overtime or a shootout, giving them a 6-4 record in extra time games this season.

 

Consistent Power Play

The Jets have scored a power play goal in six of their past seven games…Winnipeg is 7-for-21 (32.3%) on the power play during the seven games…Winnipeg scored both of their goals on the power play on Saturday…The Jets are averaging a power play goal per game since Dec. 8, going 13-for-40 (32.5%) on the power play during that time…Mark Scheifele has factored into 12 of Winnipeg’s 13 power play goals since Dec. 8 (5G, 7A).

 

Skyrocketing Scheifele

Mark Scheifele has multiple points in three consecutive games…His eight points (3G, 5A) in the past trio of contests has vaulted him into 12th in NHL scoring with 48 points (20G, 28A) in 42 games…Since Dec. 3, Scheifele is second in the NHL with 24 points (11G, 13A) in 15 games.

 

Pionk Piles On

Defenceman Neal Pionk had an assist on Saturday to set a career high for points in a season with 27 (3G, 24A) in 42 games…He had 26 points (6G, 20A) in 73 games for the New York Rangers last season…His 27 points is the sixth most by a defenceman through 42 games of a season in franchise history…After having 13 power play points last season, Pionk already has 15 power play points this season after going from an average of 1:30 of power play time per game to 2:42 this season.

 

Productive at Bell Centre

Kyle Connor has four points (1G, 3A) in two trips to Bell Centre in Montreal…Both of Mathieu Perreault’s goals in his home province are game-winning goals…Patrik Laine (1G, 2A) Andrew Copp (2A), and Jack Roslovic (1G, 1A) are all averaging a point per game at Bell Centre, while Sami Niku scored his first career goal in the building on Apr. 3/18.

 

Jets vs. Canadiens Information

Overall: 21-36-7

Home: 11-16-5
Away: 10-20-2
At Bell MTS Place: 3-6-1

 

Jets vs. Canadiens Notes

  • The Jets have lost their past three games to Montreal and are 1-3-1 in the past five meetings.
  • Winnipeg has been outscored 14-5 in the past three contests.
  • The Jets are 3-3-0 in their past six trips to Bell Centre.
  • Winnipeg is 6-for-17 (35.3%) on the power play in their past six games against Montreal.
  • Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in scoring against Montreal with 18 points (10G, 8A) in 37 games and has scored four of the nine power play goals the Jets have scored against Montreal since relocation.
  • Kyle Connor has five points 21G, 3A) in five career games against Montreal.

 

Career Scoring vs. Canadiens
Player GP G A Pts PPG
Blake Wheeler 37 10 8 18 0.49
Mark Scheifele 13 7 4 11 0.85
Mathieu Perreault 19 7 3 10 0.53
Bryan Little 29 3 5 8 0.28
Dmitry Kulikov 28 3 4 7 0.25
Kyle Connor 5 2 3 5 1.00
Patrik Laine 6 4 1 5 0.83
Mark Letestu 20 1 4 5 0.25
Andrew Copp 6 2 2 4 0.67
Nikolaj Ehlers 7 2 2 4 0.57
Jack Roslovic 4 1 2 3 0.75
Luca Sbisa 14 1 2 3 0.21
Gabriel Bourque 8 1 1 2 0.25
Neal Pionk 5 1 1 2 0.40
Adam Lowry 9 1 0 1 0.11
Sami Niku 1 1 0 1 1.00
Tucker Poolman 2 0 1 1 0.50
Nicholas Shore 9 1 0 1 0.11
Mason Appleton 2 0 0 0 0.00
Nathan Beaulieu 7 0 0 0 0.00
Anthony Bitetto 3 0 0 0 0.00
Jansen Harkins 1 0 0 0 0.00
Josh Morrissey 5 0 0 0 0.00
Logan Shaw 6 0 0 0 0.00
Career Goaltending Against the Canadiens
Player GP W L OTL ShO Sv% GAA
Connor Hellebuyck 5 1 2 1 0 0.908 3.75
Laurent Brossoit 2 1 1 0 0 0.889 4.00
Former Canadiens Playing for the Jets

D – Nathan Beaulieu
F – Logan Shaw

Former Jets Playing for the Canadiens

F – Joel Armia
D – Ben Chiarot

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 one game 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 35
Bryan Little* Upper Body Nov. 5 vs NJD 26
Dmitry Kulikov* Upper Body Nov. 29 at ANA 16
Andrew Copp* Upper Body Nov. 17 vs. CAR 8
Nathan Beaulieu* Lower Body Dec. 31 at COL 2

*- Currently on injured reserve

Man-Games Lost: 158

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 beat the Colorado Eagles 4-3 in overtime on Saturday to improve to 18-19-0 on the season…The vaulted the Moose into a tie for third place in the Central Division…Kristian Vesalainen had a goal and an assist on Saturday for Manitoba and has seven points (2G, 5A) in his past six games…The Moose play their next three games on the road, beginning Wednesday against the Rockford IceHogs.

 

Broadcast Information

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

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