CALGARY, AB -- Through 69 games, the Winnipeg Jets are in the exact same position as the Calgary Flames.
Both Western Conference clubs have struggled after making the postseason in 2014-15, both have 29-35-5 records and 63 points on the year, and both are heading into Wednesday's all-Canadian match-up on a high note.
The Flames defeated the St. Louis Blues 7-4 on Monday night while the Jets are coming off a 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
That win at Rogers Arena saw the Jets' line of Alexander Burmistrov, Marko Dano, and Mathieu Perreault combine for seven points against the Canucks. Dano, acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks as a part of the Andrew Ladd trade earlier this year, led his line with two goals and three points in Vancouver.
"My linemates were good (on Monday). I got lucky with the second goal, but we played a great game," Dano told WinnipegJets.com afterwards. "We’re getting more comfortable (as a line), we’re getting some chemistry going, and we’ve been able profit off that. Tonight we ended up scoring some goals and hopefully it’s going to work next game, too."
Expect Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice to keep that trio together when the Jets roll into Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday evening.
"It looks like that line is moving the puck to each other a little bit,” Maurice told WinnipegJets.com on Monday. "(Dano’s) got some confidence and he has good enough
hands to get it off his stick in different areas.
"They’re playing pretty well. It’s starting to come together."
Due to injuries, goaltending duties have been split between Ondrej Pavelec, Michael Hutchinson, and Connor Hellebuyck this year. It was Hutchinson in net on Monday night, stopping 26 of the 28 shots Vancouver sent his way.
This will be the final game between the two clubs this season. The Jets took the first game of the season series by a score of 3-1 while the Flames picked up a 4-1 victory over Winnipeg on Dec. 22.
Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in scoring against the Flames this year, with one goal and two assists. Johnny Gaudreau leads the Flames with three goals against the Jets this year.
BREAKING DOWN THE JETS
Power Play: 15.4 percent overall (34 goals scored in 221 chances with the man advantage), 14.6 percent on the road (16 goals scored in 110 chances with the man advantage)
Penalty Kill: 78.6 percent overall (54 goals allowed in 252 times being short-handed), 79.6 percent on the road (27 goals allowed in 132 times being short-handed)
2015-16 Record vs. the Flames: 1-1-0
2014-15 Record vs. the Flames: 1-2-0
Notable Injuries: Joel Armia (lower body, day-to-day), Anthony Peluso (shoulder), Nikolaj Ehlers (eye), Mark Stuart (hand), Bryan Little (upper body), and Grant Clitsome (back)
Who's HOT: Mark Scheifele
Scheifele is on a roll.
The 23-year-old has points in eight straight games and has amassed 17 points in his last 11 appearances. He is second in team scoring with 23 goals and 46 points through 58 games this year.
Honourable Mention: Marko Dano
Dano, selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets 27th overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, has five points in his last four skates and is coming off a three-point performance against the Canucks on Monday.
Since being drafted, Dano has dressed for 57 NHL games. He has 12 goals and 28 points in that span, with 21 of those points coming as a member of the Blue Jackets.
Who's NOT: Andrew Copp
In his first full NHL season, Copp has been limited to three goals and seven points. He has no points in his last five games and is a minus-one during that stretch.
Copp, Winnipeg's fourth round pick in 2013, has averaged just 6:46 of ice time per game this year.