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GAMEDAY: Jets at Panthers

6:00 pm CT - TV: TSN 3; Radio: TSN 1290

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

SUNRISE, FLORIDA - The Winnipeg Jets will not hold a morning skate prior to tonight's game against the Florida Panthers.

Head coach Paul Maurice will meet the media roughly two-and-a-half hours prior to game time, so stay tuned for line-up updates as they come available.

-- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.com

Game Notes

The Winnipeg Jets begin a four-game road trip tonight against the Florida Panthers…The Jets went 2-1-1 on a four-game homestand, which ended with a 4-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night…The road trip continues Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Last Game

Nov. 12 vs. COL - 4-0 L
Jets Scorers: None
Avalanche Scorers: Makar (5), MacKinnon (10, 11), Donskoi (9)

Jets Goaltender: Hellebuyck (21 sv, 4 ga)
Avalanche Goaltender: Francouz (0 sv, 0 ga), Werner (40 sv, 0 ga)

Jets PP: 0-for-2
Jets PK: 2-for-3

Recap: Despite having a 40-25 advantage in shots, the Jets were shut out 4-0 by the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night at Bell MTS Place…Patrik Laine led the Jets with eight shots, while Neal Pionk and Nathan Beaulieu had four hits each…The Jets won 57% of the face-offs, led by Blake Wheeler winning 7-of-10 draws.

Three Stars: 1. Werner 2. MacKinnon 3. Makar

READ THE GAME NOTES

On the Road Again

The Jets are 5-3-0 on the road and have won consecutive road games…Winnipeg's eight road games played are fifth fewest in the NHL this season…Beginning tonight, the Jets play eight of 10 games on the road…The eight games are being played across three time zones…Including the Heritage Classic in October, the Jets have five four-game road trips this season…Nikolaj Ehlers leads the Jets in scoring on the road with 11 points (5G, 6A) in eight games, while Mark Scheifele has nine points (3G, 6A) in eight games.

Against the East

The Jets are 2-4-1 against the Eastern Conference to start the season…Winnipeg has been outscored 26-17 in the seven games…Tonight is the first game for the Jets against a team from the Atlantic Division.

Nearly Perfect PK

The Jets went eight-for-nine (88.8%) on the penalty kill during the homestand…Winnipeg is also 13-for-15 (86.7%) on the penalty kill in their past seven games…The Jets have risen to 72.5% on the penalty kill for the season after starting the campaign 56.2% on the penalty kill in their first nine games.

Good Behaviour

The Jets remain the least penalized team in the NHL this season with an average of 4.6 penalty minutes per game…Tuesday's loss was just the sixth time in 19 games this season that the Jets took six minutes or more in penalties in a game…Dmitry Kulikov (14) is the only Jets player with double-digit penalty minutes this season.

Gaining Possession

The Jets have won more than 50% of face-offs in three of their past four games (59.2%, 129-for-218)…Adam Lowry leads the Jets with a 58.1% face-off winning percentage this season, while Andrew Copp (55.8%), Blake Wheeler (54.7%) and Jack Roslovic (54.5%) are also better than 50%.

Way Above Average

Connor Hellebuyck leads the NHL in goals saved above average with 9.62…His career high for GSAA is 23.75, which occurred during the 2017-18 season…This season, Hellebuyck is also tied for fifth in the NHL with a .928 save percentage.

Logging Minutes

Six Jets players are averaging 20 minutes or more of ice time per game this season…Josh Morrissey leads the Jets with 24:34 TOI per game, while Neal Pionk is second at 23:00…Morrissey averaged 22:24 TOI last season, while Pionk averaged 21:10 with the New York Rangers…Mark Scheifele leads Jets forward with an average of 21:59 TOI, which is a career high.

How the Jets Were Built

Drafted (14) - Appleton, Connor, Copp, Ehlers, Gustafsson, Hellebuyck, Laine, Little, Lowry, Morrissey, Poolman, Scheifele, Spacek, Roslovic
Trade (3) - Beaulieu, Pionk, Wheeler
Free Agency (8) - Bitetto, Bourque, Brossoit, Kulikov, Letestu, Luoto, Perreault, Shaw
Waivers (2) - Dahlstrom, Sbisa

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