CALGARY, AB -- Making their return to the Western Conference, the Winnipeg Jets will look to make a young core come together headed by captain Andrew Ladd.
The team boasts a plethora of young talent, including Evander Kane and rookies Jacob Trouba and Mark Scheifele. With Ondrej Pavalec stopping the puck, the Jets should soon be returning to Stanley Cup playoffs action.
But the formula has yet to take off for the Jets this year. Winnipeg finds themselves in sixth in the Central Division and 11th in the Western Conference. Some of the team’s bigger guns haven’t produced as expected and Pavalec -- though better of late -- has been inconsistent between the pipes.
This Season: 10-10-2, 22 points (11th in West)
Last Season: 24-21-3, 51 points (9th in East)
Notable Additions: RW Michael Frolik, RW Andrew Gordon, RW Matt Halischuk, D Adam Pardy, RW Devin Setoguchi
Notable Subtractions: C Nik Antropov, C Alexander Burmistrov, Ron Hainsey D, LW Antti Miettinen, C Aaron Gagnon, D Derek Meech
Flames Season Series Record: 0-0-0
With three goals in his past two games and four over his last four contests, Byfuglien is starting to find the back of the net after 18 straight without a marker to start the season. His recent run has the 6-foot-5, 265-pound defenceman at 15 points through 22 games this season. Traditionally, he’s found success against the Flames, with five goals and eight points in 14 career contests versus Calgary.
Scheifele has failed to get on the scoresheet since the first multi-point game of his career on November 4th -- a six-game stretch. The 20-year-old has gone through dry spells this season, adding a seven-game drought after points in back-to-back games to start the year. In all, the 7th overall pick from 2011 has one goal and five points in 22 contests.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Though he’s managed just three goals and 12 points in 22 contests this season, Jokinen is on a better of late. The former Flames pivot has six points in his past six games after being held pointless in five straight. Jokinen joined the Jets as a free agent in the summer of 2012, inking a two-year, $9-million pact that will expire this July.
Though he has just five goals this season, Ladd leads Winnipeg in assists with 12. The former Calgary Hitmen standout is pitching in at both ends and finds himself second in plus/minus on the team with a plus-7 rating. Ladd, who sports the captaincy for the Jets, has three goals and 10 points in 12 career games against Calgary.
Pacing all Jets with 11 goals and 19 points in 22 games, Little has been an offensive force for Winnipeg this year. The former first round pick in 2006 has been red-hot of late, too, with three goals and six points in his past five games. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Edmonton product has three goals in five career games versus the Flames in his career.