CALGARY, AB -- Last night in Edmonton, the Winnipeg Jets tried everything they could think of to stymie a red-hot Cam Talbot.
After a slow start, they turned on the jets and out-played the Oilers for the majority of the game. They outshot Edmonton 45-21 overall and in the final two periods, shots were 30-10 in Winnipeg's favour.
Alas, they could only get one shot by Talbot and fell 3-1 to the Flames provincial rivals.
"We put up 86 shots attempts, (and) got 45 to the net,” head coach Paul Maurice told WinnipegJets.com afterwards. "Their guy played great and that was the difference in the game."
"Overall I think if you look at the game, we should be happy with it," Bryan Little told the Jets' website. "We outshot them, controlled the play and got most of the scoring chances, but it doesn’t mean anything right now. They won the game. They got the two points. I would have rather been outshot and outplayed and win the game, but that’s the way it goes sometimes."
Connor Hellebuyck was pulled after allowing three goals on 14 shots. Michael Hutchinson, who is expected to start tonight for Winnipeg, was called upon in relief.
Tonight, they will face a Calgary Flames squad that has been red-hot at home since the month of November, stringing nine straight wins together at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
The two teams have met once this year, with Winnipeg picking up a 3-1 win over Calgary on Oct. 13. Little and Blake Wheeler had two points each in that game and Dustin Byfuglien scored the game-winner with just 1:28 remaining in regulation.
2015 vs. the Flames: 1-0-0
All-Time Record vs. the Flames: 10-9-0
Notable Injuries: Ondrej Pavelec (lower body), Grant Clitsome (upper body)
Who's HOT: Bryan Little
The 28-year-old has recorded four points in his last two games, scoring last night in Edmonton and posting three points against the New York Rangers on Dec. 18. Little has had plenty of success against the Flames throughout his career, posting seven goals and 13 points in 11 games against Calgary. In the last two games against the Flames, Little has two goals and four points.
Honourable Mention: Tyler Myers
The defenceman has five points in his last three games, bringing his season point total to 13 in 33 games. He has at least one assist in each of his last three games, which ties his career-long assist streak. Last night in Edmonton, Myers had assisted on the Jets lone goal against the Oilers.
Who's NOT: Alexander Burmistrov
The Atlanta Thrashers first round selection in the 2010 NHL Draft hasn't been piling up the points this year. Burmistrov has been held off the scoresheet since Nov. 28, when he had one assist in a game against the Colorado Avalanche. The pivot has two goals and seven points in 33 skates this season.