Stanley Cup Qualifier Series – Game 1
The Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames begin their best-of-five Stanley Cup Qualifier Series on Saturday night in Edmonton at Rogers Place…The Jets beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Wednesday night in their lone exhibition game prior to the playoffs…Game 2 of the series goes Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. central time.
July 29 vs. VAN – 4-1 W
Jets Scorers: Poolman, Ehlers, Kulikov, Wheeler (EN)
Canucks Scorers: Roussel
Jets Goaltender: Connor Hellebuyck (37 sv, 1 ga)
Canucks Goaltender: Jacob Markstrom (31 sv, 3 ga)
Jets PP: 0-for-2
Jets PK: 2-for-2
Recap: Despite being outshot 38-34, the Jets prevailed 4-1 over the Canucks in Wednesday night’s exhibition game…Eleven different Jets had a point, led by Blake Wheeler’s two-point effort…Connor Hellebuyck stopped 37 of 38 shots in the win, including 14 shots in the third period…Dylan DeMelo paced the Jets in ice time with 21:11.
|Aug. 1||9:30 p.m.||At Calgary||Rogers Place||Sportsnet||TSN 1290|
|Aug. 3||1:30 p.m.||At Calgary||Rogers Place||Sportsnet||TSN 1290|
|Aug. 4||5:45 p.m.||Calgary||Rogers Place||Sportsnet||TSN 1290|
|Aug. 6*||TBD||Calgary||Rogers Place||Sportsnet||TSN 1290|
|Aug. 8*||TBD||At Calgary||Rogers Place||Sportsnet||TSN 1290|
Back in the Dance
The Jets are back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third consecutive season…It is the first time in franchise history the Jets have reached the playoffs in three consecutive seasons and fifth time overall.
|Records in Seasons When Making the Playoffs|
The Jets don’t have home ice in a series for the second time in their five playoff series during the past three seasons…The Jets defeated the Nashville Predators in seven games in their second round playoff series in 2018 on the other occassion…In that series, the road team won five of the seven games…The road team has won six of Winnipeg’s past seven playoff games…Both of Winnipeg’s wins in last season’s first round series against the St. Louis Blues came on the road…During the regular season, the Jets were 17-14-3 on the road, including winning eight of their first 11 games away from Bell MTS Place to start the campaign.
Another New Playoff Foe
This is the seventh playoff series in franchise history and the seventh time the Jets face a different opponent…The then-Atlanta Thrashers played the New York Rangers in 2007…The Jets made the playoffs for the first time after relocation in 2015 and met the Anaheim Ducks in the first round…During its run to the 2018 Western Conference Final, Winnipeg played the Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators and Vegas Golden Knights…Last season, the Jets faced the St. Louis Blues in the first round.
Marching to Victory
The Jets ended the regular season by winning all four of their games in March…Winnipeg outscored their opponents 15-5 in the quartet of contests…Kyle Connor (5G, 1A), Nikolaj Ehlers (2G, 4A), and Blake Wheeler (1G, 5A) each had six points in the four games… It was Winnipeg’s longest winning streak of the season, as the Jets won three games in a row on four other occasions…Winnipeg earned points in a season-high five games twice – Nov. 1-10 and Feb. 1-9…The Jets were supposed to put their four-game winning streak on the line against Calgary when the regular season ended abruptly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Jets defeated the Flames 2-1 in overtime at the 2019 Tim Hortons Heritage Classic in Regina in October…It was the only meeting between the two clubs in the regular season, as the other two meetings were supposed to occur after the NHL paused the regular season due to the COVID-19 pandemic…Josh Morrissey forced overtime by scoring with 4:11 remaining in the third period on the power play, while Bryan Little netted the overtime-winner 3:04 into the extra session…Winnipeg outshot Calgary 45-30 in the contest.
Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey was born and raised in Calgary, while forward Adam Lowry grew up in Calgary after being born in St. Louis…Morrissey played minor hockey for the Calgary Royals, while Lowry played for the Calgary Bisons…Forward Mark Letestu hails from Elk River.
Fanning the Flames
The Jets have won their past two regular season games against the Flames…Winnipeg’s last four wins against Calgary have come by a 2-1 score…The Jets are 4-4-0 against the Flames in the past eight regular season meetings and the losing side has been limited to one goal or less in six of the eight contests.
Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in career scoring against the Flames with 19 points (7G, 19A) in 21 games…Three of Mark Letestu’s five goals against Calgary are shorthanded goals.
The Jets are 2-2-0 all-time in neutral site games during the regular season…Two of the games were outdoors – 2016 Heritage Classic vs. Edmonton (3-0 L) and 2019 Heritage Classic (2-1 OTW)…The other two games took place in Finland at Hartwell Arena against the Florida Panthers during the 2018-2019 regular season.
The Jets and Flames franchise both originated in Atlanta…Calgary played as the Atlanta Flames from 1972-79, while the Jets were the Atlanta Thrashers from 2000-2011…Neither franchise won a playoff series while being based in Atlanta.
Jets head coach Paul Maurice is coaching in the postseason for the eight time in his career…Maurice is 36-44 behind the bench in playoff games, with the highlight of his postseason success coming in 2002 when he coached the Carolina Hurricanes to an appearance the Stanley Cup Final…The nine playoff wins the Jets posted in 2018 is the second most Maurice has had in a playoff run, next to the 2002 season.
Kyle Connor scored at 6:02 of the first overtime period in Game 4 of last season’s first round series against the St. Louis Blues for the only playoff overtime winner in franchise history…Cody Eakin is the only other player on the Jets roster that has scored an overtime goal in the playoffs, doing so May 5/16 at STL when he was a member of the Dallas Stars.
Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL goaltender that is adjudged to be the best at his position…Hellebuyck led all NHL goaltenders in games (t-58), shots faced (1,796), saves (1,656), and shutouts (6)…The Commerce, Michigan native ranked second overall in starts (56), wins (31), and minutes (3,268:33)…Hellebuyck recorded 31 of the 37 Jets wins (83.8%), the second-highest percentage among goaltenders on the 24 teams set to resume play…Hellebuyck faced 37-or-more shots on 13 occasions and posted a 10-1-2 record, 2.08 goals-against average, and a .949 save percentage in those contests…He is the only member of the Jets that is the finalist for any of the NHL’s year-end awards, though captain Blake Wheeler has been announced as one of the 31 nominees for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.
Blake Wheeler’s empty net goal on Wednesday against Vancouver capped a two-point night for the Jets captain…He was tied with Mark Scheifele for second on the Jets during the regular season with 19 multi-point games (Kyle Connor led the team with 20)…Wheeler ended the regular season with 22 points in 19 games, thanks to six multi-point outings.
All-Time Playoff Appearance: 5th
Consecutive Playoff Appearance: 3
Most Recent Playoff Appearance: 2019 (FR: 4-2 L vs. STL)
All-Time Playoff Record: 11-20 in 31 GP (2-4 in 6 series)
Game 7s: 1-0 (0-0 at home, 1-0 on road)
Overtime: 1-2 (0-1 at home, 1-1 on road)
Facing Elimination: 1-4 (0-2 at home, 1-2 on road)
With Chance to Clinch Series: 2-1 (1-1 at home, 1-0 on road)
How the Jets Were Built
Drafted (15) – Appleton, Berdin, Connor, Copp, Ehlers, Gustafsson, Harkins, Hellebuyck, Laine, Lowry, Morrissey, Niku, Poolman, Roslovic, Scheifele
Trade (5) – Beaulieu, DeMelo, Eakin, Pionk, Wheeler
Free Agency (6) – Bitetto, Bourque, Brossoit, Kulikov, Letestu, Perreault
Waivers (5) – Comrie, Dahlstrom, Sbisa, Shaw, Shore
All games of this Stanley Cup Qualifier meeting between Winnipeg and Calgary can be viewed on Sportsnet in Canada or listened to in Winnipeg on TSN 1290.
TV: Sportsnet – Chris Cuthbert & Louie DeBrusk
Radio: TSN 1290 – Paul Edmonds & Brian Munz