Tonight’s matchup for the Winnipeg Jets against the visiting Calgary Flames will be the finale to a 7 game homestand. During the first 6 games of this span, Winnipeg holds a record of 3-2-1. Already having played the Flames three times in a row, tonight will be Calgary’s last visit to Bell MTS Place for the season. As mentioned in our previous Jets vs Flames preview, this will be the sole time that Winnipeg will see any opposing team 4 games in a row, the final of which will take place Tuesday, February 9th in Calgary.
After tonight’s game, the Jets will have 4 days off, 2 of which will even be media-free, allowing quite a bit of recovery time before the 4th and final clash of this “series”. The Flames will be forced to play the Oilers Saturday night, negating any such rest for their squad.
Derek Forbort and Trevor Lewis notched their first goals as Jets during Tuesday night’s game. Forbort’s goal is the first to be netted by a defenceman this season, and Lewis’ earned the club’s first shorthanded goal of the season.
Paul Stastny’s 65 points in 60 games has him leading all players currently active in the NHL against Calgary. The centreman has 38 assists and 27 goals in his career versus the Flames.
The Jets narrowly earned a victory Tuesday night to avoid losing 3 consecutive matchups. Losing once in regulation and then in a shootout, this was the first time Winnipeg saw themselves in a situation to lose 3 in a row since February 25th, 2020. However, Winnipeg has a record of 11-4-1 since February 27th, 2020, earning a total of 23 points out of 32.
The Jets enjoy playing with their backs against the wall. Tuesday night’s victory was Winnipeg’s fourth game this season where the outcome was decided by 1 goal. Winnipeg is 3-1-1 in these one-goal games that we are getting to see too much of. 2 out of 3 of the one-goal contests have been here in downtown Winnipeg. Even last season the Jets played quite a hefty amount of one-goal contests, going 15-9-6.
Last season’s Vezina Trophy recipient, Connor Hellebuyck, is just one victory shy of 153 career victories. With a win tonight, the netminder can set the franchise record.
GO JETS GO!