Game Notes: Feb. 4 vs. Nashville Predators

The Winnipeg Jets conclude a three-game homestand tonight when they welcome the Nashville Predators to Bell MTS Place…The Jets have split the first two game of the homestand after a 5-2 win against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night…Following tonight’s game, the Jets play the lone road game of a 10-game stretch Thursday in St. Louis against the Blues.

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Last Game

Feb. 1 vs. STL – 5-2 W
Jets Scorers: Roslovic (10, 11), Copp (8), Wheeler (16), Laine (19)
Blues Scorers: Schenn (18), O’Reilly (10)

Jets Goaltender: Connor Hellebuyck (38 sv, 2 ga)
Blues Goaltender: Jordan Binnington (28 sv, 3 ga)

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

Recap: Jack Roslovic scored the first two goals of the game and led the Jets to a 5-2 win against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night…Blake Wheeler (1G, 1A), Mark Scheifele (2A), and Sami Niku (2A) each had two-point nights…Connor Hellebuyck made 38 saves, including 28 in the first two periods.

Three Stars: 1. Niku 2. Hellebuyck 3. Roslovic

Next Five Games

Date Time (Local) Opponent Venue TV Radio
Feb. 6 7:00 p.m. At St. Louis Enterprise Center TSN3 TSN 1290
Feb. 8 1:00 p.m. Ottawa Bell MTS Place CBC TSN 1290
Feb. 9 6:00 p.m. Chicago Bell MTS Place Sportsnet TSN 1290
Feb. 11 7:00 p.m. NY Rangers Bell MTS Place TSN3 TSN 1290
Feb. 14 7:00 p.m. San Jose Bell MTS Place TSN3 TSN 1290

At Home

Winnipeg is 12-12-2 at home this season and are in a stretch of nine of 10 games at Bell MTS Place…The Jets are 2-7-1 in their past 10 home games after a five-game home winning streak between Nov. 23-Dec. 15…Winnipeg went 18-19-4 on home ice during the 2015-16 season, which is the only time since relocation the Jets have had a home record at or below .500 in a season…Mark Scheifele leads the Jets in scoring at home this season with 25 points (11G, 14A) in 26 games…Kyle Connor has a team-leading 12 goals.

Ending the Skid

Saturday’s win ended a five-game losing streak for the Jets…It was just the third five-game losing streak in 498 games since Paul Maurice became the team’s head coach during the 2013-14 season…With a victory tonight, the Jets can win consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 6-8 and consecutive games in regulation for the first time since Dec. 8-10.

Sealing It

The Jets have scored nine empty net goals this season and are tied for sixth in the NHL in 5-on-6 goals…Four of the nine goals have come in the two games – Dec. 31 at COL and Feb. 1 vs. STL…Kyle Connor has scored three empty net goals, while Patrik Laine and Blake Wheeler each have two…Wheeler leads the Jets with five points (2G, 3A) on empty net goals this season.

Opening Salvos

The Jets have scored in the first period in a season-high four consecutive games…The most goals the Jets have scored in the first period of a game this season is two, which has happened nine times…The first period has been Winnipeg’s least productive this season with 38 goals, compared to 62 goals in second periods and 51 goals in third periods…Nikolaj Ehlers leads the Jets with six first period goals this season…Three of Winnipeg’s four shorthanded goals this season have been scored in the first period.

Double Rosy

Jack Roslovic scored twice on Saturday to establish a career high with 11 goals this season…His previous high was nine goals last season…Roslovic has four goals in his past seven games…He’s two points shy of the career high 24 points he had last season.

Point Producers

In 33 games since Nov. 16, the Jets have three players in the top 17 in NHL scoring…Kyle Connor is 13th with 37 points (19G, 18), Mark Scheifele is tied for 14th with 36 points (15G, 21A), and Blake Wheeler is 17th with 35 points (11G, 24A)…The Jets are the only team in the NHL with three players in the top 17 in scoring since Nov. 16.

Facing 40

Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck faced 40 shots in a game on Saturday for the seventh time this season, which is the second most in the NHL…He’s 5-1-1 with a 2.29 goals-against average and .947 save percentage in games when he’s faced 40 shots…Hellebuyck has faced 1,335 shots and played 2,379 minutes this season, which is second most in the NHL in both categories.

Jets vs. Predators Information

Overall: 20-21-5
Home: 12-8-3

Road: 8-13-2
At Bell MTS Place: 8-7-0

Series Notes

  • Winnipeg has won five of their past seven meetings with the Predators.
  • The Jets have outscored the Predators 17-6 in the past five games between the two teams.
  • Ten of the past 13 meetings between the Jets and Predators have been decided by two goals or less, with six of those games decided by only one goal.
  • Winnipeg has just one power play goal in their previous six games against Nashville, going 1-for-15 (6.7%).
  • The Jets are 18-for-19 (94.7%) on the penalty kill in their past six games against the Predators.
  • Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in career scoring against the Predators with 27 points (14G, 13A) in 34 games…He also has a team-leading three game-winning goals.
  • Kyle Connor has 13 points (7G, 6A) in 14 career games against Nashville.
  • Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele are each 1-for-1 in shootouts against the Predators.
  • Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is 9-6-1 with a 2.61 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in 17 career games against the Predators.

 

Career Scoring vs. the Predators
Player GP G A Pts PPG
Blake Wheeler 34 14 13 27 0.79
Mark Scheifele 27 6 12 18 0.67
Bryan Little 32 8 8 16 0.50
Kyle Connor 14 7 6 13 0.93
Nikolaj Ehlers 18 6 5 11 0.61
Mathieu Perreault 26 3 6 9 0.35
Patrik Laine 15 3 5 8 0.53
Adam Lowry 22 2 4 6 0.27
Mark Letestu 20 2 2 4 0.20
Nicholas Shore 11 1 3 4 0.36
Andrew Copp 20 1 2 3 0.15
Jack Roslovic 7 0 3 3 0.43
Luca Sbisa 23 0 3 3 0.13
Josh Morrissey 13 0 2 2 0.15
Sami Niku 4 0 2 2 0.50
Mason Appleton 2 1 0 1 0.50
Nathan Beaulieu 11 0 1 1 0.09
Gabriel Bourque 6 0 1 1 0.17
Carl Dahlstrom 2 0 1 1 0.50
Dmitry Kulikov 19 0 1 1 0.05
Anthony Bitetto 3 0 0 0 0.00
Career Goaltending Against the Predators
Player GP W L OTL ShO Sv% GAA
Connor Hellebuyck 17 9 6 1 2 0.925 2.61
Laurent Brossoit 3 1 2 0 0 0.884 3.38
Former Predators Playing for the Jets

D – Anthony Bitetto
F – Gabriel Bourque

Former Jets Playing for the Predators

None

Upcoming Milestones

Gabriel Bourque
  • Needs two games played to reach 400 games played in for his NHL career.

 

Kyle Connor
  • Needs eight goals to reach 100 for his NHL career.

 

Nikolaj Ehlers
  • Needs one goal to pass Marian Hossa (108) for 10th in goals in franchise history.
  • Needs two goals to pass Evander Kane (109) for ninth in goals in franchise history.
Bryan Little
  • Needs seven penalty minutes to reach 300 for his NHL career.
Adam Lowry
  • Needs two games played to pass Jacob Trouba (408) for 12th in games played in franchise history.
Mathieu Perreault
  • Needs two 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.
  • Needs seven assists to reach 200 for his NHL career.
  • Needs four games played to reach 400 with the Jets franchise.
  • Needs three goals to pass Dany Heatley (80) for 13th in goals in franchise history.
  • Needs two assists to pass Marc Savard (133) for 11th in assists in franchise history.
Luca Sbisa
  • Needs seven assists to reach 100 for his NHL career.
Mark Scheifele
  • Needs two assists to pass Toby Enstrom (254) for fifth in assists in franchise history.
Nick Shore
  • Needs six penalty minutes to reach 100 for his NHL career.
Blake Wheeler
  • Needs six penalty minutes to reach 600 for his NHL career.

Recently Accomplished Milestones

Andrew Copp
  • Jan. 9 at BOS – Reached 100 points for his NHL career.
Connor Hellebuyck
  • Jan. 14 vs. VAN – Passed Ondrej Pavelec for the most shutouts in franchise history with 18.
Patrik Laine
  • Jan. 9 at BOS – Reached 100 assists for his NHL career.
Adam Lowry
  • Jan. 6 at MTL – Played in his 400th career NHL game.
Mark Scheifele
  • Jan. 31 vs. BOS – Played in his 500th career NHL game.

Recent Transactions

Jan. 23 – Reassigned D – Cameron Schilling, D – Nelson Nogier, and F – Kristian Vesalainen to the Manitoba Moose
Jan. 26 – Recalled D – Cameron Schilling from the Manitoba Moose (AHL); Reassigned F – Jansen Harkins to the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Jan. 28 – Recalled F – Jansen Harkins from the Manitoba Moose (AHL); Reassigned D – Cameron Schilling to the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Jan. 30 – Recalled D – Cameron Schilling and F – Logan Shaw from the Manitoba Moose (AHL)

Current Injuries

Player Injury Date Injured Games Missed
Mark Letestu* Upper Body 46
Bryan Little* Upper Body Nov. 5 vs NJD 37
Nathan Beaulieu* Lower Body Dec. 31 at COL 13
Tucker Poolman* Lower Body Dec. 12 vs. NSH 7
Carl Dahlstrom* Upper Body Dec. 14 vs. VAN 6
Adam Lowry* Upper Body Dec. 19 at CHI 4
Mathieu Perreault Upper Body Jan. 31 vs. BOS 1

*- Currently on injured reserve

Man-Games Lost: 207

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 (8) – Bitetto, Bourque, Brossoit, Kulikov, Letestu, Perreault, Schilling, Shaw
Waivers (3) – Dahlstrom, Sbisa, Shore

Moose Tracks

The Manitoba Moose lost 5-2 to the Chicago Wolves on Saturday to split a two-game road trip last weekend…The Moose are four points out of a playoff spot in the Central Division with a record of 21-27-0…Manitoba begins a six-game homestand this week by hosting the Wolves on Thursday and Friday.

 

Broadcast Information

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Radio:   TSN 1290 – Paul Edmonds & Brian Munz

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