Video: JetsTV Road Report
Update at 11:30am CT: The Jets have recalled defenceman Brenden Kichton from the Manitoba Moose on an emergency basis.
Head Coach Paul Maurice will address the media at 6:25pm CT. Stay tuned to WinnipegJets.com and JetsTV for the full video afterwards, and for any lineup changes he will announce.
Video: PREGAME | Paul Maurice
The Winnipeg Jets conclude a two-game, two-day road trip tonight against the Anaheim Ducks…The Jets lost 5-2 to the Los Angeles Kings in the first game of the road trip last night…Mathieu Perreault and Patrik Laine scored for the Jets against the Kings…The Ducks beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Wednesday and have points in five consecutive games…The Jets head home after tonight's game and play the Vancouver Canucks Sunday night at MTS Centre.
Tonight is the second of three consecutive games the Jets play against Pacific Division teams…The Jets are 5-12-1 against Pacific Division teams this season and have yet to beat one of the three teams in the division currently holding a divisional playoff spot - Anaheim, San Jose and Edmonton (0-7-0)…Last season, the Jets went 12-8-1 against Pacific Division opponents.
Back at It
For the second time this month, Winnipeg is playing on back-to-back nights…The Jets are 6-6-1 in the first game of back-to-backs, while they enter tonight's game 6-4-2 in the second game of back-to-back games this season.
The Road Ahead
The Jets are 12 points back of the Nashville Predators for the second and final wild card spot in the Western Conference and the Predators have one game in hand…Of the eight games the Jets have left in the regular season, six are against teams currently holding a playoff spot…The Jets have a combined record of 8-4-2 this season against the teams they have remaining on their schedule…Winnipeg's tragic number for being eliminated from playoff contention is four.
Special Teams Notes
- The Jets are 8-for-42 (19.0%) on the power play in their last 10 games and have scored a power play goal in five consecutive games (5-for-20, 25.0%).
- The Jets gave up three power play goals against in last night's loss to Los Angeles…It marked the fifth time this season the Jets have allowed three power play goals against in a game - Nov. 25 at NSH 5-1 L, Dec. 1 vs. EDM 6-3 L, Dec. 15 vs. FLA 4-3 SOW and Mar. 8 vs. PIT 7-4 L.
- Winnipeg has been shorthanded the most in the NHL this season at 256 times.
- The Jets have been shorthanded 85 times in the third period this season, which is the most in the league.
Back on Top
Patrik Laine scored his 34th goal of the season last night against Los Angeles to regain the NHL rookie scoring lead with 61 points (34g, 27a) in 66 games, which is one more than Auston Matthews who has played in seven more games…Laine is tied for fourth in NHL goal scoring this season.
Logging Minutes on D
With injuries on the backend, defenceman Julian Melchiori logged 22:14 of ice time last night, which is a career high and just the third time in 22 career games that he surpassed 20 minutes of ice time in a game…Rookie defenceman Josh Morrissey had 20:45 TOI last night, which is the fifth straight game he's had more than 20 minutes of ice time…It's the longest streak of Morrissey's career that he's played more than 20 minutes in a game…Three of the six defencemen that played for the Jets last night - Melchiori, Brian Strait (17:16) and Nelson Nogier (12:02) - have each played more games with the AHL's Manitoba Moose than the Jets this season.
Jets vs. Ducks All-Time Records
At Honda Center: 6-4-2