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GAME DAY: Jets continue home stand vs. Avalanche

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

by Winnipeg Jets @NHLJets /

Video: POSTGAME | Paul Maurice

Head Coach Paul Maurice has confirmed that Connor Hellebuyck will get the start in goal tonight.

Tweet from @NHLJets: Connor Hellebuyck starts in goal for the #NHLJets tonight.


Tonight's Game

The Winnipeg Jets play for the second time in as many nights tonight when they welcome the Colorado Avalanche to MTS Centre for the second and final time this season…The Jets shutout the St. Louis Blues 3-0 last night…Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves for the Jets, while Blake Wheeler had a goal and two assists…Colorado has lost two in a row and ends a three-game road trip tonight…The Jets continue their six-game homestand Monday night against the San Jose Sharks.

Back at It

For the first of three times this month, Winnipeg is playing on back-to-back nights…The Jets are 6-5-1 in the first game of back-to-backs, while they enter tonight's game 5-4-2 in the second game of back-to-back games this season.

Raining Goals

The Jets have scored at least three goals in each of their last seven games, including five twice - Feb. 14 vs. DAL 5-2 W and Feb. 28 vs. MIN 6-5 L…Winnipeg is averaging 3.7 goals per game in their last seven contests…The Jets are 26-8-4 when scoring three goals or more this season.

The Road Ahead

The Jets enter tonight's game four points back of the Los Angeles Kings for the second and final wild card spot in the Western Conference…Of the 17 games the Jets have left in the regular season, 11 are against teams currently holding a playoff spot…The Jets have a combined record of 14-17-1 this season against the teams they have remaining on their schedule.

Facing the Central

The Jets are 15-8-1 against Central Division teams this season, including 8-3-0 at home…Tonight is the last of four consecutive home games the Jets have against Central Division foes.

Home Comforts

The Jets are in a stretch of 11 of 15 games at MTS Centre…The Jets have played 34 games on the road this season, compared to 31 games at home…The Jets continue to be one of the teams to have played the most games in the NHL this season with 65.

Special Teams Notes

- The Jets are 2-for-27 (7.4%) on the power play in their last eight games.
- The Jets are 25-for-31 (80.6%) on the penalty kill in their last 10 games and have allowed at least one power play goal against in five of the seven games.
- The Jets have played 37:21 more on the power play than on the penalty kill at home this season, but have played 47:35 more on the penalty kill than on the power play on the road.
- The Jets have been shorthanded 76 times in the third period this season, which is the most in the league.

Two Wheeler

Last night marked Blake Wheeler's 17th multi-goal game for the Jets franchise, which moved him into sole possession of fourth place for most multi-goal games in team history…It was his first multi-goal game since Apr. 1/16 vs. CHI in a 5-4 loss, which was his only multi-goal game last season…It was the 16th time this season a member of the Jets has scored twice or more in a game.

Streaky, Streaky

Dustin Byfuglien (2g, 5a) and Mathieu Perreault (3g, 7a) are on six-game point streaks…Blake Wheeler (2g, 3a) has points in three straight games.

Plenty of Finnish

Patrik Laine scored his 31st goal of the season Tuesday against Minnesota, which is tied with Toronto's Auston Matthews for the rookie goal scoring lead…Laine's 56 points (31g, 25a) leads all NHL rookies and he's the only rookie averaging a point per game this season…He's the first second overall pick to surpass 50 points in his rookie season since Gabriel Landeskog had 52 points with the Colorado Avalanche during the 2011-12 season…Since representing the Jets at the NHL All-star Game, Laine has 15 points (8g, 7a) in 12 games…Laine needs 20 points in his last 17 games to pass Jarri Kurri for the second-most points in a season by a Finnish rookie, second only to Teemu Selanne's 132 points while he was playing for the Winnipeg Jets during the 1992-93 season.

PSL Line

During the last six games, the line of Mathieu Perreault (3g, 7a), Mark Scheifele (1g, 8a) and Patrik Laine (5g, 4a) has combined for 28 points…They have scored nine of the 21 goals the Jets have scored in the last six games…At least one member of the trio has scored or assisted on 13 of the 21 goals in the last six games.

Jets vs. Avalanche All-Time Records

Overall: 18-10-8
At MTS Centre: 7-2-1

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