Game five of the Winnipeg Jets’ seven-game road trip goes down tonight at the Saddledome in Calgary as they visit the Flames for a 3-game series. A record of 1-7-0 for their last eight trips into the city of Calgary, which did include back-to-back losses for Winnipeg. This trip will have the Jets reach the finish line of playing 12 out of 14 games away from Bell MTS Place. With a road record of 10-6-1 for this season, the Jets earned at least one point in five out of seven of their previous 7 road matchups.
This will also be the Jets’ fourth out of five 3-game series versus the same opponent during the season. Going 11-5-1 in their past 17 contests, the Jets earned points in 12 of those matchups as well recorded a season-best four-game winning streak.
Winnipeg’s power-play unit has gone 7 for 17 (41.2%) during their last seven contests.
Taking an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach, roster-wise, Head Coach Paul Maurice has utilized the same two goalies and 18 skaters during their eight previous matchups. It’s a tough time to be on the healthy scratch list or taxi squad.
Mark Scheifele, ranks fifth league-wide in scoring with a total of 39 points. With his 39 points in 33 matchups this year, his dominant play will have him in the NHL Awards talk come seasons end.
Versus Vancouver this past Wednesday night, Andrew Copp scored four goals. His career-high and for the season, the second-highest amount of goals scored by a player in the league this year.
Vezina Trophy recipient from last season, and legitimately a repeat contender this year, netminder Connor Hellebuyck is tied for first among all goalies in the National Hockey League in games played with 26. With 1,538 minutes played, Hellebuyck is second in the league for minutes played, shots against with 813, and saves with 745 (in all of which he will likely come out of the 3-game Calgary series in first since Vancouver has a full week off, so Thatcher Demko can’t add to his numbers).
Dylan MeMelo can reach 300 games played with 2 more and Josh Morrissey is 1 assist away from 100 for his NHL career.
GO JETS GO!