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GAME DAY: Jets look to snap skid vs. Lightning

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

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR /

Neither team will hold a morning skate or media availability prior to tonight's game. Stay locked on or our official Twitter feed ( for lineup notes closer to game time.

Tweet from @NHLJets: Connor Hellebuyck will get the start in goal tonight for the #NHLJets. #TBLvsWPG


Tonight's Game

The Winnipeg Jets continue a four-game home stand tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are making their only visit to MTS Centre this season…The Jets started the homestand with a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night and a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks last night... Six different Jets registered a point against Chicago last night, while goaltender Connor Hellebuyck stopped 31 of the 34 shots he faced...The Lightning lost 2-1 to the Minnesota Wild in a shootout last night and are in the midst of four consecutive road games…The Jets finish the homestand Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars.

East Woes

The Jets are 7-12-2 against Eastern Conference teams this season, including 5-5-1 against Atlantic Division teams…Winnipeg has lost their last two games against Eastern Conference opponents overall and three in a row at MTS Centre...This is the first game for the Jets against a team from the Eastern Conference since a 7-4 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 11…Last season the Jets went 12-15-5 against the Eastern Conference.

Lightning Struck

The Jets have earned a point in four straight games against Tampa Bay (2-0-2)…Winnipeg has also won six of the last 10 meetings (6-2-2)…However, the Jets are winless in their last three games against the Lightning in Winnipeg (0-2-1)…Winnipeg's last win against Tampa Bay at MTS Centre occurred on Apr. 16/13 when former Jets Mike Santorelli and Andrew Ladd scored in a shootout to give the team a 4-3 win.

Back at It

The Jets play first of two sets of back-to-back games in February tonight against the Lightning…The other back-to-back happens next Saturday and Sunday in Montreal and Ottawa…After last night's loss, the Jets are 4-5-1 in the first game of back-to-backs, while they enter tonight's game 4-3-2 in the second game of back-to-back games this season…This is the sixth time since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg that the Jets play on back-to-back days at home.

Special Teams Notes

- The Jets have played 34:43 more on the power play than on the penalty kill at home this season, but have played 44:24 more on the penalty kill than on the power play on the road.
- The Jets have been shorthanded 66 times in the third period this season, which is the most in the league.
- The Jets have gone back-to-back games without allowing a power play goal from the first time since Jan. 7-9 - a span of 12 games.
- The Jets have been assessed four penalty minutes or less in five of their last seven games.

Team Quick Hits

- The Jets home losing streak has reached four games, which is a season high…The last time the Jets lost four games in a row at home was a five-game winless streak Mar. 4-14/14 (0-3-2)…This is the first time the Jets have lost four games in a row at home in regulation since Feb. 7-17/13.
- The Jets have given up three goals more in each of their last 14 games and 18 of their last 20 games…Since Dec. 29, the Jets have allowed 75 goals in 20 games, which is the most in the NHL.

Trouba Takes Off

In 42 games, defenceman Jacob Trouba has surpassed the 21 points he put up last season in 81 games…He has four goals and 19 assists this season for 23 points and has a point in five of his last six home games…Trouba has a career-high 0.55 points-per-game this season and defensively has 23 takeaways, which is eight away from the career high 31 takeaways he registered as a rookie in 65 games.

Laine Back in Second

Patrik Laine's assist last night ended a two-game pointless streak and moved him back into a tie for second in NHL rookie scoring with Toronto's Auston Matthews with 44 points (23g, 21a) in 49 games…Laine leads all NHL rookies with an average of 0.90 points per game.

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