Video: PRACTICE | Paul Maurice
The Winnipeg Jets play the Minnesota Wild today in the first of two home games this week…The Jets split a pair of road games last week, losing 5-4 in overtime to the Nashville Predators on Monday and beating the New York Islanders 4-2 on Thursday…Bryan Little scored twice against the Islanders on Thursday to reach 20 goals this season, while Nikolaj Ehlers had two assists…The Jets play the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday at MTS Centre before going back on the road to play the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
Facing the Central
The Jets are 16-8-2 against Central Division teams this season, including 8-3-0 at home…Including tonight, Winnipeg only has three games remaining against Central Division teams…The Jets are 0-4-0 against the Wild this season.
The Road Ahead
The Jets are 10 points back of the St. Louis Blues for the second and final wild card spot in the Western Conference and the Blues have one game in hand…Of the 11 games the Jets have left in the regular season, seven are against teams currently holding a playoff spot, while the Blues only have two of their last 12 games against playoff teams…The Jets have a combined record of 9-9-3 this season against the teams they have remaining on their schedule…Winnipeg's tragic number for being eliminated from playoff contention is 12.
Special Teams Notes
- The Jets are 5-for-28 (17.9%) on the power play in their last seven games and have scored a power play goal in back-to-back games (2-for-6, 33.3%).
- The Jets are 11-for-17 (64.7%) on the penalty kill in their last four games.
- Thursday's game in New York marked the first time in four games the Jets didn't allow a power play goal against.
- Winnipeg has been shorthanded the most in the NHL this season at 246 times.
- The Jets have been shorthanded 80 times in the third period this season, which is the most in the league.
Bryan Little became the fifth member of the Jets to score 20 goals this season when he sniped a pair against the Islanders on Thursday, joining Patrik Laine (33), Mark Schiefele (28), Nikolaj Ehlers (22) and Blake Wheeler (21)…The Jets are the only team in the league with five 20-goal scorers and the only team in the NHL with three 20-goal scorers age 23 or younger (Scheifele, Ehlers and Laine) when the season began…It's the third time in franchise history the team has had five 20-goal scorers in a season, joining the 2006 and 2009 Atlanta Thrashers.
Little Lights Up
Bryan Little's two goals against the Islanders was the third time this season he's scored twice in a game…After missing 23 games with a lower body injury he suffered in the first game of the season, Little has 20 goals in 48 games this season…His .42 goals per game is a career high and tied for 15th in the NHL…If Little had been healthy all season and scored at the same rate, he'd have 30 goals this season, which would be one shy of the career-high 31 goals he scored during his second season in 2008-09.
Rookie Lead Widens
Patrik Laine scored his 33rd goal of the season Monday night against Nashville and continues to lead NHL rookies in scoring with 60 points (33g, 27a) in 62 games, which is five more points than Toronto's Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, who have each played more games than Laine…Laine is tied for fourth in NHL goal scoring this season and has scored the sixth most goals by an 18-year-old rookie in NHL history...Laine needs seven goals in Winnipeg's last 11 games to become only the second 18-year-old rookie in NHL history to score 40 goals in a season, joining former Winnipeg Jet Dale Hawerchuk, who had 45 goals during the 1981-82 season…Since representing the Jets at the NHL All-star Game, Laine has 20 points (11g, 9a) in 19 games.
Jets vs. Wild All-Time Records
At MTS Centre: 5-3-1