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GAME DAY: Jets at Blackhawks

6:00 pm CT - TV: HNIC; Radio: TSN 1290

by WinnipegJets.com Staff @NHLJets / WinnipegJets.com

CHICAGO, IL - The Winnipeg Jets will not hold a morning skate in Chicago. Head coach Paul Maurice is set to speak with the media ahead of tonight's game at 3:30 pm CT. Stay tuned to WinnipegJets.com for lineup information.

--Tyler Esquivel, WinnipegJets.com--

GAME NOTES

The Winnipeg Jets are back on the road for a meeting with the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow at United Center...The Jets have won back-to-back games and are coming off a 5-2 victory against the Minnesota Wild in Winnipeg's home opener Thursday night...The Jets are back at Bell MTS Place on Sunday to host the Pittsburgh Penguins, which begins a five-game homestand for Winnipeg.

Last Game
Oct. 10 vs. MIN - 5-2 W
Jets Scorers:
Wheeler (3), Laine (2, 3), Connor (2), Roslovic (2)
Wild Scorers: Hartman (1), Hunt (1)

Jets Goaltender: Hellebuyck (38 sv, 2 ga)
Wild Goaltender: Dubnyk (27 sv, 4 ga)

Jets PP: 0-for-2
Jets PK: 2-for-2

Recap: The Winnipeg Jets erased a 1-0 first period deficit to defeat the Minnesota Wild 5-2 at Bell MTS Place on Thursday night...Patrik Laine paced Winnipeg with four points (2G, 2A), while linemates Blake Wheeler (1G, 1A) and Mark Scheifele (2A) each had two-point nights...Connor Hellebuyck stopped 38 of 40 shots, including making 30 saves in the first two periods.

Three Stars: 1. Laine 2. Wheeler 3. Hellebuyck

Road Start
Today the Jets end a string of five of their first six games being on the road...With a win tonight, the Jets can win back-to-back road games in the regular season for the first time since Mar. 18-20 of last season - a span of nine games...Last season, the Jets went 22-18-1 on the road, which was the seventh most wins in the NHL.

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Central Foes
Thursday against Minnesota and tomorrow against Chicago are Winnipeg's first games against Central Division opponents this season...It's also the only meetings the Jets have with Central Division opponents in their first 17 games to start the season...Only five of Winnipeg's first 31 games are against Central Division teams...The Jets went 13-12-1 against Central Division teams last season...Since the start of the 2016-17 season, the Jets are 48-29-5 against Central Division teams, which is second in the NHL...In that same time frame, Blake Wheeler leads all NHLers in scoring against the Central Division with 100 points (29G, 71A) in 82 games.

Come Back Again and Again
The Jets have trailed first in all five games to start the season and have come back to win three of those games, which leads the NHL in wins when trailing first...The Jets and San Jose Sharks (1-4-0) are the only two teams in the NHL so far to trail first in their first five games to start the season...Last season, the Jets won 18 games when trailing first, which was second in the league...Blake Wheeler has a share of the NHL lead this season with three game-tying goals.

Even Strength
Of the 18 goals the Jets have scored this season, 16 have come at even strength, which leads the NHL...Winnipeg has scored 14 goals five-on-five and two goals four-on-four...Winnipeg scored two four-on-four goals in 28 seconds on Thursday, compared to scoring four four-on-four goals all of last season.

Leading Laine
Patrik Laine's four-point (2G, 2A) night on Thursday increased his season total to 10 points (3G, 7A) in five games and propelled him into a share of the NHL scoring lead with Edmonton's Connor McDavid...Laine's seven assists also leads the NHL...It's his hottest start to a season since netting five points (4G, 1A) in five games to begin his rookie season...Since entering the NHL in 2016-17, Laine's 113 goals is tied for fifth in the league.

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