With the Vancouver Canucks coming into BellMTS Place tonight to take on a very hot Winnipeg Jets team, the Canucks will have their hands full. This is game 4 of a 7 game homestand for Winnipeg, so the Jets will look to build more momentum with the home-ice advantage. Their special teams are performing exceptionally well, scoring on the power play in all of Winnipeg’s home games so far to open the season.
When trailing heading into the final period, they have still managed a 3-2 record on the year (2-1 at home). This is notable because the jets have only played 7 games this year, and they have trailed after forty minutes in 5 of those (3 out of 4 home games, 2 out of 3 on the road). The Jets should consider scoring goals in the first and second periods if they aim for long-term success. A squad can only play the come-from-behind-and-win strategy for so long. From an objective point of view, this does make the Jets’ 3rd periods a lot more exciting for the fans.
Tonight will be the first of five games at BellMTS Place against the Vancouver Canucks. These two teams will see each other a total of 9 times this season. Winnipeg has prevailed 10 consecutive times against the Canucks, 6 of those wins have come at BellMTS Place.
The Winnipeg Jets went 8-3-1 last year on Saturday scheduled games, so far this year they are a perfect 1-0. Opening this season at 5-2 overall, the Jets are off to their best start since relocating to Winnipeg. At this point, the Jets are tied for 7th place in the league standings and third place in the Scotia North Division. They have managed this by averaging 4 goals per game. To put that in perspective, if Winnipeg continues to play this type of hockey and this season was the normal 82 games, they would be on pace to score a projected 328 goals. That staggering number would break the franchise record by close to 50 goals. As it stands, they are on pace to score 224 goals in the actual 56 game season as it’s scheduled.
There are a few milestones on the radar for the Jets organization. Head Coach Paul Maurice will pass Al Abour for the fourth-most games coached in the history of the National Hockey League (they are currently tied at 1608). With a victory tonight, Maurice will tie Lindy Ruff for most wins as a coach at 739. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck will look to earn a victory to pass Ondrej Pavelec for the most in the history of the franchise. Hellebuyck and Pavelec are currently tied at 152 wins.
With a Winnipeg victory tonight, the Jets will sit at 6-2-0 (.750) on the season.
GO JETS GO!