DETROIT - Tuesday night's third period was a solid indication of what the Winnipeg Jets need to do when they face the last place Detroit Red Wings for the second time in three nights.
Up 4-1 to start the final 20 minutes the Jets didn't step away from their game plan and allowed the visitors just five shots on goal.
"Obviously it's a 5-1 score but for a lot of that game until reasonably late in the second period it was pretty close. They battled hard. They are competing hard as a team," said Josh Morrissey.
"I think in the third period for us to go out and just play really solid, not really change our game. Being up a couple goals try to just be searching for offence at that point I thought we did a good job of closing out that game. Just another thing as a team you have to be good at."
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There is no denying Detroit has hit rough times having lost 12 consecutive games. Jets defenceman Anthony Bitetto said it best yesterday, that the most dangerous team is a desperate team. Head coach Paul Maurice is preparing for a battle from the home team tonight.
"It's a home game for them now, they have a lot of things righted. When you see they are on a tough stretch for sure," said Maurice.
"There's always that, wins and losses are kind of a lagging indicator to your play. Things aren't going so well when you start your slide and you start playing well long before you come out of it and for me Detroit is that team. They have come out of the things that have maybe caused them to get into their slide."
BIG NIGHT FOR MICHIGAN TRIO
The Michigan contingent is smaller than it has been in years past for the Jets with Connor Hellebuyck, Kyle Connor and Andrew Copp preparing to play in front of a large contingent of family and friends.
"We were in the dressing room and he's got the music blaring first thing in the morning and most guys are still sleeping," smiled Morrissey.
"You knew right away where we were going and coming back to Michigan, to Detroit where those guys are so excited to play. It's awesome, to only get to play here once a year. It's special for those guys and they have a little extra jump for sure and a little extra excitement so it should be fun."
-- Jamie Thomas, WinnipegJets.com
The Winnipeg Jets visit the Detroit Red Wings tonight in the back end of a home-and-home set...The Jets beat the Red Wings 5-1 on Tuesday at Bell MTS Place in the first game...After tonight's game, the Jets return to Winnipeg for a three-game, five-day homestand, which begins Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Dec. 10 vs. DET - 5-1 W
Jets Scorers: Lowry (4), Wheeler (8), Copp (5), Laine (9), Scheifele (14)
Red Wings Scorer: Ehn (1)
Jets Goaltender: Laurent Brossoit (15 sv, 0 ga) Connor Hellebuyck (1 sv, 1 ga)
Red Wings Goaltender: Eric Comrie (25 sv, 5 ga)
Jets PP: 1-for-5
Jets PK: 4-for-4
Recap: Twelve different Jets registered a point on Tuesday, as the Jets beat the Red Wings 5-1...Andrew Copp and Blake Wheeler paced the Jets with a goal and an assist each...Adam Lowry opened the scoring the first period with Winnipeg's first shorthanded goal of the season...Laurent Brossoit stopped all 15 shots he faced to earn the win.
Three Stars: 1. Copp 2. Wheeler 3. Laine
READ THE GAME NOTES
Against the East
The Jets are 6-4-1 against the Eastern Conference this season, including 3-0-0 against the Atlantic Division...Winnipeg has won four consecutive games against the Eastern Conference.
The Jets are 10-5-1 on the road this season, which is tied for the fourth most wins in the NHL...Winnipeg has won seven of their past 10 road games (7-2-1), including matching a franchise record with five consecutive road wins from Nov. 1-19/19...Tomorrow is Winnipeg's first road game in the Eastern Conference since Nov. 19 when the Jets beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3...The Jets have not lost consecutive road games in regulation this season...Patrik Laine (4G, 14A) leads the Jets in scoring on the road with 18 points in 14 games, while Nikolaj Ehlers (9G, 8A) and Mark Scheifele (6G, 11A) have 17 points in 16 road games.
Tuesday's win pushed Winnipeg to 40 points on the season with a record of 19-10-2...It's the fourth fewest games the Jets have needed to reach 40 points in a season...Winnipeg has reached 40 points in 31 games or less in each of the past three seasons.
The Jets hold a record of 13-3-2 since Nov. 1, which is tied with the Dallas Stars and Washington Capitals for the best record in the NHL...After going 10-3-1 in November, the Jets are 3-0-1 in December...The Jets went a franchise best 11-4-0 in December last season.
Blake Wheeler tallied his 200th goal with the Jets franchise on Tuesday...He's the third player in franchise history to reach 200 goals, joining Ilya Kovalchuk (328) and Bryan Little (217)...Wheeler has 250 career goals and 719 points in the NHL, which both rank third among players selected in the 2004 NHL Draft...Wheeler needs seven points to become the all-time leader in points in franchise history.
The Jets have six players on active point streaks, led by Mark Scheifele's four-game point and goal streak (5G, 1A)...Scheifele has scored Winnipeg's last goal of the game in four consecutive games...Blake Wheeler (2G, 3A) and Kyle Connor (1G, 5A) are also on a four-game point streaks, while Connor also has a four-game assist streak.
Get Your Shots In
Sixteen of the 18 skaters that dressed for the Jets on Tuesday registered at least one shot...Neal Pionk, Andrew Copp, Blake Wheeler, and Nathan Beaulieu led the Jets with three shots each...Kyle Connor leads the Jets with 102 shots this season.
The Jets have three Michigan-born players on their active roster, which is the most of any state or province...Kyle Connor (Shelby Township), Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor), and Connor Hellebuyck (Commerce) all played their youth hockey in Michigan...Connor (2015-16) and Copp (2012-15) also starred at the University of Michigan.
How the Jets Were Built
Drafted (12) - Connor, Copp, Ehlers, Gustafsson, Hellebuyck, Laine, Little, Lowry, Morrissey, Poolman, Scheifele, Roslovic
Trade (3) - Beaulieu, Pionk, Wheeler
Free Agency (8) - Bitetto, Bourque, Brossoit, Kulikov, Letestu, Luoto, Perreault, Shaw
Waivers (3) - Dahlstrom, Sbisa, Shore