DETROIT, Michigan - The Winnipeg Jets will make their final visit to Joe Louis Arena tonight when they face the Detroit Red Wings. If that occasion wasn't special enough, the Jets also have the honour of being in the building as the home team honours NHL legend, Gordie Howe.
It's the first meeting of the season between the two clubs. The Red Wings (6-4-1) are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday, a game that Detroit held a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, the Jets (4-6-1) roll into Detroit with last night's 4-3 loss in Washington fresh on their minds. Third period goals from Toby Enstrom, Adam Lowry, and Marko Dano erased a third period deficit - the third time the Jets have come back from three goals down this season - only to have Alex Ovechkin win it for the Capitals in overtime.
"It was no secret last year, the last two years, our team struggled to come back in third periods… Finding ways to come back in these games and score multiple goals, it shows the character of this group," said Lowry, who now has goals in back-to-back games.
"It shows some of the inexperience that guys forget about the second period and they just go out and play. You see the skill we have and we're able to score those goals. Now it's just about finding ways to go into a third period with a lead."
Video: POSTGAME | Adam Lowry
The Jets have won both times they've gone into a third period with a lead, and are 2-6-1 when trailing going into the final frame. Both head coach Paul Maurice and captain Blake Wheeler say they like how the team has started games, including last night's, and performance in the second period continues to improve. Overall, Winnipeg has been outscored 14-4 in the second period.
"We've got a resilient group. A young group of guys that maybe doesn't know any better that we shouldn't be doing this every night," said Wheeler. "(We) did it in the first game of the season, we've just continued to do it. It's a pretty amazing feeling coming in after two periods, being down 3-0, and knowing you've still got a shot to win a hockey game."
Video: POSTGAME | Blake Wheeler
Tonight's game in Detroit will complete the second set of back-to-back games on the Jets' regular season schedule. Before that schedule wraps up, Winnipeg will play in 14 back-to-back situations, with three of those coming in the November.
If that isn't tough enough, the Jets were also dealt more injuries last night in D.C. Mathieu Perreault (upper body) and Joel Armia (lower body) both left last night's game and didn't return. Maurice didn't have an update immediately following the game, but said the team would know more on Friday. As a result of the injuries, the Jets recalled Nic Petan from the Manitoba Moose, and placed Tyler Myers on injured reserve. Petan has four goals and five points in nine games with the Moose this season.
Perreault has been a versatile centre in the Jets line-up this season, while Armia has been a fixture on the wing with Lowry in the middle.
"He's been good for a long time," Maurice said of Lowry. "Whoever we play him with plays well…. I've changed his line mates just about every game now due to injury. We'll just keep working guys in on him."
LATE HITS: Perreault and Armia could join the long list of injured Jets, which include Bryan Little (lower body), Drew Stafford (upper body), Tyler Myers (lower body), Mark Stuart (lower body), and Shawn Matthias (lower body).
- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.com
Video: POSTGAME | Paul Maurice
JETS GAME NOTES
The Winnipeg Jets play the middle game of this three-game road trip tonight against the Detroit Red Wings…The Jets came back from a 3-0 third period deficit last night, but lost 4-3 in overtime to the Washington Capitals…Toby Enstrom, Adam Lowry and Marko Dano scored for Winnipeg last night…This road trip concludes Sunday night at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers…The Jets return home Tuesday to take on the Dallas Stars at MTS Centre in a brief one-game homestand.
Down, But Not Out
The Jets have erased a three-goal deficit three times this season, including last night against Washington…Winnipeg is tied for second in the NHL by earning points in three games in which they were trailing going into the third period…The Jets are second in the NHL by trailing going into the third period in nine games this season…Winnipeg has led going into the third period twice this year, both of which were wins - Oct. 27 vs DAL (4-1 W) and Oct. 28 at COL (1-0 W).
Toby Enstrom scored the Jets first goal last night shorthanded…It marked the second shorthanded goal of his 10-year NHL career…His only other shorthanded goal happened on Feb. 24/09 vs. COL in a 4-3 W when he also assisted Rich Peverley's game-winning goal…This season, Enstrom is eighth in the NHL 38:25 TOI while shorthanded.
Andrew Copp and Marko Dano, who both started the season with the Manitoba Moose, had a point in their Jets season debut last night when Copp assisted Dano's game-tying goal in the third period…Dating back to last season, Copp has a point (2g, 1a) in three consecutive games and five points (2g, 3a) in his last six games…Meanwhile, Dano has four points (2g, 2a) in his last five games dating back to last season.
The Jets play 16 games in 29 days during November, including 10 on the road…During each of the next three weekends Winnipeg will play three games in four nights and four games in seven nights to end the month…The Jets don't have back-to-back days off again until Nov. 21-22.
The Jets play 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, with the second half of the second occurrence happening tonight against the Red Wings…Of the 28 games involved in the back-to-backs, 23 are on the road…Winnipeg plays three back-to-back sets in November, all of which are on the road…The Jets are 1-0-0 in the second half of back-to-backs this season and were 4-7-1 in the second game of a back-to-back set last season.
Team Quick Hits
- Winnipeg has allowed at least three goals in nine of their 11 games.
- Winnipeg is 17-for-19 (89%) on the penalty kill in its last four games.
- Tonight is the fourth of five consecutive games for the Jets against Eastern Conference opponents…The Jets are 2-3-1 against Eastern teams this season.
- Winnipeg is outscoring its opposition 17-8 in third periods and overtime, but have been outscored 16-4 in second periods this season…The four second period goals is the lowest in the NHL.
- With last night's loss, the Jets are on a season-high three-game winless streak.
- Last night broke a three-game winning streak for the Jets in games decided in overtime.