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COLUMBUS, OH - Jack Roslovic and Eric Comrie will make their NHL debuts tonight as the Winnipeg Jets wrap up the road half of their regular season schedule tonight in Columbus.
For Roslovic, a Columbus, OH native, his first strides in a professional game will come in the rink he grew up sitting in as a fan. He's also the first Columbus born and raised player to make it to the NHL.
"It (ranks) really high. Not only just for me and my family, but for the whole city," said Roslovic about where this experience means to him. "I know a lot of kids that I talk to in the program and the AAA program kind of ask me questions and even look up to me. So being able to do this is kind of a good thing for them to see."
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While Roslovic has been with the team since Monday, Eric Comrie had a more hectic 36 hours. He made 35 saves in a 3-1 Manitoba Moose win on Wednesday night, and while having a post-game dinner with his sister and her three kids, got the call to join the Jets in Columbus.
He rushed home to pack, went to bed at 2 am, and less than three hours later, the 21-year-old goaltender was on his way to the airport. Now, he's set to make his first NHL start in his 100th professional game.
"You've got to treat it like any other game," said Comrie. "I've been preparing for this moment my whole life. … I'm just going to enjoy it. I'm going to stick to what I've known my whole life and hopefully it works out."
Comrie has a 2.98 goals against average and a 17-25-2 record with the Moose this season, while Roslovic led the Jets' top affiliate in points (45) at the time of his recall.
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The two players become the fourth and fifth players on the Jets roster to make their NHL debut this season, joining a list that includes Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor, and Nelson Nogier.
"They're both likeable guys and you can see it. There's the right amount of nervousness and excitement in their body language on the ice," said Maurice. "We'll hopefully give them enough support around them that they can enjoy their first one.
"We brought two guys up that we thought, just as importantly, that we want them to recognize the good work they did in the American League. We want them to go home with a drive this summer that it's there for them, at least the competition part, that they're considered as parts of that future."
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The Jets carry a season-long five-game winning streak into the game, while Columbus is carrying a streak of their own. Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh extended the Blue Jackets' losing skid to four games, the longest of their season. But despite being winless in four games, Maurice feels Columbus will present a unique challenge tonight.
"Their style of game is going to try and get to our defence. It's a simple game, it's hard and it's fast. They're on the puck and they stay on the puck. It's a real grind game," said Maurice. "Certainly they can do some things off the rush, they've got skill. We've done a really good job with the young group that we have back there of keeping them off our defence. Tonight they're going to get a full challenge."
Puck drops at 6 pm CT.
- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.com
JETS GAME NOTES
The Winnipeg Jets play their last road game of the season tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets…The Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 Tuesday night to run their winning streak to five games…Patrik Laine scored twice against the Blues, while six other Jets each had two points in the game…The Blue Jackets have lost four in a row, including their first two games of April…The Jets conclude their 2016-17 season Saturday night at MTS Centre against the Nashville Predators.
Fly the W
Tuesday's win improved Winnipeg to 8-2-1 in their last 11 games, giving the Jets a tie for the seventh-best record in the NHL since Mar. 13…It's their best 11-game stretch of the season, which has been buoyed by five straight comeback wins...It's the first time the Jets have won five games in a row since the 2014-15 season and fourth time since 2011…The Jets haven't won six games in a row since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg in 2011.
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Splitting the East
The Jets have won five in a row against Eastern Conference teams to improve their record to 13-14-4 against the Eastern Conference this season…A win tonight would avoid the Jets being swept by a Eastern Conference team for the sixth time this season…The Jets lost each of their two games to the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers in regulation, while going 0-1-1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals…Winning tonight would also give the Jets a .500 record against Eastern Conference teams this season.
Dating back to last season, the Jets have won six straight games in April…Winnipeg is 12-0-2 in their last 14 games in April…The Jets last regulation loss in April occurred on Apr. 7, 2014 in a 1-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild…Since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg in 2011, the Jets are 21-8-4 in the month of April.
Special Teams Notes
- The Jets are 8-for-35 (22.9%) on the power play in their last 11 games.
- After scoring a power play goal in seven straight games, the Jets have been held without a power play goal in four consecutive games (0-for-10).
- The Jets are 12-for-13 (92.3%) on the penalty kill in their last six games.
With Mark Scheifele (80), Blake Wheeler (72), Patrik Laine (64) and Nikolaj Ehlers (64), the Jets one of two teams in the NHL to have four players reach 60 points this season (The Toronto Maple Leafs are the other)…All four of Winnipeg's quartet had two points on Tuesday against the Blues…The foursome has combined for 280 points, which is the most points by four teammates in the NHL this season.
Draft and Develop
With Kyle Connor and Jack Roslovic recalled from the Manitoba Moose, the Jets have seven of their eight first round draft picks since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg in 2011 on their roster…Roslovic is the only one of the eight to have yet to make his NHL debut…If Roslovic or newly recalled Eric Comrie make their NHL debut in one of the final two games, they'll join Connor, Patrik Laine and Nelson Nogier as members of the Jets to make their NHL debut this season…With Comrie, 19 players on the roster have been drafted by the organization.
Captain Blake Wheeler is on a six-game point streak (3g, 6a), which is his third six-game point streak this season…Three of the six game during the streak have been multi-point games…Wheeler's goal on Saturday against Ottawa pushed him to the 70-point mark for the second straight season…He needs six points to match the career high 78 points he had last season…Since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg in 2011, Wheeler leads the team in scoring with 384 points (139g, 245a) in 450 games and is the only player to surpass 300 points since that time…Since the 2012-13 season, Wheeler is tied for 11th in NHL scoring with 321 points (124g, 197a) in 371 games.
Scheifs Stays Hot
Mark Scheifele has a point in 17 of his last 22 games (6g, 21a)…He had two assists on Tuesday to become the first player to reach 80 points since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg in 2011…Vyacheslav Kozlov's 80 points during the 2006-07 season was the last time in franchise history a player reached 80 points in a season.
Jets vs. Blue Jackets All-Time Records
At Nationwide Arena: 5-4-1