Game Notes: Mar. 3 vs. Buffalo Sabres

The Winnipeg Jets begin a three-game homestand tonight when they welcome the Buffalo Sabres to Bell MTS Place…The Jets are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night…The homestand continues Friday against the Vegas Golden Knights.

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Last Game

Feb. 29 at EDM – 3-2 L
Jets Scorers: Shaw (3), Connor (33)
Oilers Scorers: Draisaitl (38, 39), Nugent-Hopkins (19)

Jets Goaltender: Connor Hellebuyck (19 sv, 3 ga)
Oilers Goaltender: Mike Smith (39 sv, 2 ga)

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

Recap: Kyle Connor gave the Jets a 2-1 lead in the second period, but the Jets lost 3-2 to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night…Connor and Neal Pionk paced the Jets with seven shots each…Pionk also led the Jets with five hits.

Three Stars: 1. Draisaitl 2. Nugent-Hopkins 3. Smith

Next Five Games

Date Time (Local) Opponent Venue TV Radio
Mar. 6 7:00 p.m. Vegas Bell MTS Place TSN3 TSN 1290
Mar. 9 7:00 p.m. Arizona Bell MTS Place TSN3 TSN 1290
Mar. 11 7:00 p.m. At Edmonton Rogers Place Sportsnet TSN 1290
Mar. 14 8:00 p.m. At Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome Sportsnet TSN 1290
Mar. 15 7:00 p.m. At Vancouver Rogers Arena Sportsnet TSN 1290

Settle In

The Jets are in the midst of four of five games at home…Winnipeg plays seven of their last 15 games at home…The Jets have won three consecutive home games to improve to 17-14-3 on the season…Winnipeg is also 6-2-1 in their past nine home games…Kyle Connor leads the Jets at home with 33 points (17G, 16A) in 34 games.

Days Off

The Jets have two days off between all three games of this homestand…Winnipeg is 9-6-3 this season when having two days or more of rest…After playing five games in the final eight days of February, the Jets play twice in the first eight days of March…The Jets are one of seven teams in the NHL to play a league-leading 67 games.

Over 40

The Jets had 41 shots on Saturday, which was the first time in nine games they reached 40 shots…Winnipeg has 40 shots or more in a game eight times this season, which is tied for 12th in the NHL…The Jets are 1-7-0 this season when reaching 40 or more shots.

Hitting a Century

Kyle Connor reached 100 career goals with his second period tally on Saturday against Edmonton…He’s the 12th player in franchise history to reach 100 goals…Connor has scored in three consecutive games for the first time this season…He’s one goal shy of matching the career high 34 goals he had last season…Saturday’s goal gave him 67 points this season, which is a career high.

Consecutive Assists

Defenceman Anthony Bitetto has assists in consecutive games for the first time this season…It’s the fifth time in his career he has an assist in back-to-back games…Saturday’s assist is his eighth of the season, which is a career high for assists and points in a season…Bitetto is averaging a career high 15:10 time on ice per game this season.

Shooters

Kyle Connor and Neal Pionk each had seven shots on Saturday, which marked the third time this season two members of the Jets had seven shots or more in the same game…Connor and Patrik Laine leads the Jets this season with six games of seven shots or more, which is tied for sixth in the NHL.

Jets vs. Sabres All-Time Records

Overall: 35-22-7
Home: 20-6-5
Away: 15-16-2
At Bell MTS Place: 6-2-1

 

Series Notes

  • The Jets have points in four of their past five games against the Sabres (3-1-1).
  • Winnipeg is 4-for-11 (36.4%) on the power play and 17-for-19 (89.5%) on the penalty kill in the past five games against Buffalo.
  • The Jets franchise is 7-2-1 in their past 10 home games against the Sabres.
  • Winnipeg and Buffalo completed a seven-player and one draft pick trade on Feb. 11/15. Winnipeg selected Jack Roslovic in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft with the draft pick obtained from Buffalo and he’s the only player still with either team from the trade.
  • Mark Scheifele is averaging more than a point per game against Buffalo with 11 points (5G, 6A) in 10 games.
  • Despite not having a win in two career starts against Buffalo, goaltender Laurent Brossoit has a 1.46 goals-against average and .952 save percentage against the Sabres.

 

Career Scoring vs. Sabres
Player GP G A Pts PPG
Bryan Little 30 10 16 26 0.87
Blake Wheeler 39 8 15 23 0.59
Mathieu Perreault 18 3 10 13 0.72
Mark Scheifele 10 5 6 11 1.10
Mark Letestu 18 4 3 7 0.39
Gabriel Bourque 9 2 4 6 0.67
Cody Eakin 13 3 3 6 0.46
Nikolaj Ehlers 8 5 1 6 0.75
Kyle Connor 6 3 1 4 0.67
Andrew Copp 8 2 2 4 0.50
Dmitry Kulikov 31 1 3 4 0.13
Patrik Laine 7 1 3 4 0.57
Josh Morrissey 6 0 4 4 0.67
Dylan DeMelo 8 1 2 3 0.38
Neal Pionk 5 2 1 3 0.60
Luca Sbisa 10 0 2 2 0.20
Logan Shaw 5 0 2 2 0.40
Jansen Harkins 1 0 1 1 1.00
Adam Lowry 9 0 1 1 0.11
Mason Appleton 2 0 0 0 0.00
Nathan Beaulieu 11 0 0 0 0.00
Anthony Bitetto 6 0 0 0 0.00
Carl Dahlstrom 2 0 0 0 0.00
Tucker Poolman 1 0 0 0 0.00
Jack Roslovic 4 0 0 0 0.00
Nicholas Shore 6 0 0 0 0.00
Career Goaltending Against the Sabres
Player GP W L OTL ShO Sv% GAA
Connor Hellebuyck 6 2 3 0 0 0.922 2.45
Laurent Brossoit 2 0 1 1 0 0.952 1.46
Former Sabres Playing for the Sabres

D – Nathan Beaulieu
D – Dmitry Kulikov

Former Jets Playing for the Sabres

F – Michael Frolik

Upcoming Milestones

Kyle Connor
  • Needs five assists to reach 100 for his NHL career.
  • Needs five points to reach 200 for his NHL career.
 Adam Lowry
  • Needs two games played to pass Jacob Trouba (408) for 12th in games played in franchise history.
Paul Maurice
  • Needs four games coached to reach 1,600 games as an NHL head coach.
  • Needs three games coached to pass Ken Hitchcock (1,598) for fifth in games coached by a head coach in NHL 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.
Nick Shore
  • Needs six penalty minutes to reach 100 for his NHL career.

Recently Accomplished Milestones

Gabriel Bourque
  • Feb. 6 at STL – Played in his 400th career NHL game.
Kyle Connor
  • Feb. 29 at EDM – Reached 100 goals for his NHL career.
Patrik Laine
  • Feb. 25 at WSH – Played in his 300th career NHL game.
Blake Wheeler
  • Feb. 8 vs. OTT – Reached 600 penalty minutes for his NHL career.
  • Feb. 18 vs. LAK – Played his 700th game as a member of the Jets franchise.

Recent Transactions

Feb. 4 – Activated D – Nathan Beaulieu from injured reserve; Placed F – Mathieu Perreault on injured reserve
Feb. 5 – Recalled F – Andrei Chibisov from the Manitoba Moose (AHL); Reassigned D – Cameron Schilling to the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Feb. 12 – Reassigned F – Andrei Chibisov to the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Feb. 13 – Recalled F – Andrei Chibisov from the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Feb. 15 – Reassigned F – Andrei Chibisov to the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Feb. 16 – Recalled F – Andrei Chibisov from the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Feb. 18 – Acquired D – Dylan DeMelo from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a third round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft; Placed D – Luca Sbisa on injured reserve
Feb. 21 – Acquired F – Cody Eakin from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft; Reassigned F – Andrei Chibisov to the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Feb. 24 – Assigned F – Logan Shaw to the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Feb. 25 – Recalled F – Logan Shaw from the Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Feb. 27 – Recalled D – Nelson Nogier from the Manitoba Moose (AHL) on an emergency basis
Feb. 28 – Recalled F – C.J. Suess from the Manitoba Moose (AHL) on an emergency basis
Mar. 1 – Reassigned D – Nelson Nogier and F – C.J. Suess to the Manitoba Moose (AHL)

Current Injuries

Player Injury Date Injured Games Missed
Mark Letestu* Upper Body 60
Bryan Little* Upper Body Nov. 5 vs NJD 51
Carl Dahlstrom* Upper Body Dec. 14 vs. VAN 20
Adam Lowry* Upper Body Jan. 19 at CHI 18
Mathieu Perreault* Upper Body Jan. 31 vs. BOS 15
Luca Sbisa* Upper Body Feb. 16 vs. CHI 7
Josh Morrissey Upper Body Feb. 22 at PHI 4
Sami Niku Lower Body Feb. 25 at WSH 3
Patrik Laine Lower Body Feb. 27 vs. WSH 1

*- Currently on injured reserve

Man-Games Lost: 300

How the Jets Were Built

Drafted (14) – Appleton, Connor, Copp, Ehlers, Harkins, Hellebuyck, Laine, Little, Lowry, Morrissey, Niku, Poolman, Scheifele, Roslovic
Trade (5) – Beaulieu, Eakin, DeMelo, Pionk, Wheeler
Free Agency (7) – Bitetto, Bourque, Brossoit, Kulikov, Letestu, Perreault, Shaw
Waivers (3) – Dahlstrom, Sbisa, Shore

Moose Tracks

The Manitoba Moose beat the Chicago Wolves twice in overtime last weekend to improve to 26-32-1 on the season…With 53 points, the Moose sit six points out of a playoff spot in the Central Division…Manitoba continues a four-game homestand this weekend with games against the Iowa Wild on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

Broadcast Information

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

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