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GAMEDAY: Jets at Sharks

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by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV /

SAN JOSE - Connor Hellebuyck doesn't need to talk about how great he was the last time the Winnipeg Jets were in Northern California, his teammates will.

The Jets netminder has had a lot of stellar performances through the first 24 games of the season but November 1 at SAP Center may take the cake. Hellebuyck made 51 saves and literally stole two points from the Sharks that night in a 3-2 Winnipeg victory.

Video: PREGAME | Paul Maurice

"He was fantastic that night and I know he kind of stole us the game. I think we played alright defensively once we got in the zone, we took away a lot of chances," said Andrew Copp.

"They put up 53 shots, I don't think it was 53 Grade 'A' chances. Hopefully we play a little bit better for him tonight."

San Jose has won nine of their last 11 games since the Jets left town three and a half weeks ago. Nikolaj Ehlers scored the game-winning goal that night and leads the Jets with 11 on the season. Whether it's that or the fact he has a goal in four of his last five games, the Danish forward is carrying a lot of confidence into the first of a three-game trek through the Pacific Division.

"You always feel good in certain buildings where you've had good nights and things like that," said Ehlers who has four goals in his last two games in San Jose.

"That doesn't mean I'm going to go out there and just skate around, you know and try and sauce it around and stuff like that. We're ready to go as a line (with Blake Wheeler and Jack Roslovic) and we've got to continue creating that chemistry tonight."

Video: PREGAME | Nikolaj Ehlers

The Jets will have their hands full with the Sharks and especially their two offensively gifted defencemen Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns. Winnipeg as a team has done a pretty good job shutting down those types of players recently having gone up against Seth Jones, Zach Werenski, Victor Hedman and Roman Josi.

"(We've done) reasonably well. These two guys (Burns and Karlsson) are special that they can individually beat your group. It's not just everybody's got their guy, they can beat a guy and cause a whole lot of other problems," said Paul Maurice.

"Then pucks to the net. Brent Burns would get the puck off his strong side one-timer better than anybody else in the league from a difficult place to get it to the net."

Video: PREGAME | Andrew Copp


Maurice confirmed today that Anthony Bitetto will play tonight for the Jets in place of the injured Nathan Beaulieu.

"When we started playing well he was a part of that. It was a very difficult out for Anthony to come out because his best hockey was in those four or five games," said Maurice.

"We can put him in on his natural side which also be true of Carl (Dahlstrom). We'll make decisions now (as) Nathan is more than day-to-day, so we'll probably get the chance to look at both of them here."

-- Jamie Thomas,

Game Notes

The Winnipeg Jets embark on a three-game California road trip tonight, beginning in San Jose against the Sharks...The Jets beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 at Bell MTS Place on Saturday night after going 3-1 on a four-game road trip last week...After tonight's game, the Jets face the Anaheim Ducks on Friday afternoon.

Last Game

Nov. 23 vs. CBJ - 4-3 W

Jets Scorers: Wheeler (6), Ehlers (11), Perreault (6), Copp (4)

Blue Jackets Scorers: Dubois (10), Jones (2), Nyquist (4)

Jets Goaltenders: Laurent Brossoit (27 sv, 3 ga); Connor Hellebuyck (5 sv, 0 ga)

Blue Jackets Goaltender: Elvis Merzlikins (27 sv, 4 ga)

Jets PP: 0-for-2

Jets PK: 2-for-5

Recap: In a game that had four lead changes, Andrew Copp scored the game-winning goal with 1:54 left in the third period, as the Jets beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Saturday night...Copp and Blake Wheeler paced the Jets with a goal and an assist each...Wheeler led the Jets in the face-off circle by winning 11-of-15 face-offs (73%)...Luca Sbisa led the Jets with four hits.

Three Stars: 1. Wheeler 2. Ehlers 3. Dubois


On the Road Again

The Jets are 8-4-0 on the road this season and have won five of their past six road games...The Jets are in the midst of playing eight of 10 games on the road...The eight games are being played across three time zones and on both coasts...The Jets have not lost consecutive road games this season.

Party in the Pacific

The Jets are 4-3-0 against the Pacific Division this season after going 16-6-2 against Pacific Division opponents last season, which was the most wins against the Pacific by a team outside the division...Winnipeg is on a 29-10-4 run in their past 43 games versus the Pacific...Since 2017-18, Kyle Connor leads the Jets in scoring against the Pacific Division with 47 points (23G, 24A) in 53 games.

Double Digit PIMS

The Jets took a season-high five minor penalties on Saturday and gave their opposition a season-high five power plays...The Jets are averaging a league-low 5.0 penalty minutes per game...Winnipeg has taken 53 minor penalties this season, which is the fewest in the NHL.

Finding the Power

The Jets are 0-for-7 on the power play in their past three games...Winnipeg has been consistent on the power play this season, going 15.6% in October and 15.4% in November...The Jets have scored multiple power play goals in the same game once this season - Oct. 15 vs. ARI.

Wheels Up

Blake Wheeler had two points (1G, 1A) on Saturday to reach 600 points as a member of the Jets franchise...He's the second player in franchise history to reach 600 points (Ilya Kovalchuk - 615) and first player to reach 600 points and 400 assists...Wheeler is two goals shy of becoming the third player in franchise history to reach 200 goals.

Copper Production

Andrew Copp has set a career high for points in November with eight points (3G, 5A) in 11 games...He has eight points (3G, 5A) in his past nine games after tallying three points in his first 15 games of the season...Copp had a goal and an assist on Saturday against Columbus for his first multi-point game of the season...He's averaging a career high .17 goals, .29 assists and .46 points per game this season.

Road Warriors

Nikolaj Ehlers (8G, 6A) and Mark Scheifele (4G, 10A) lead the Jets in scoring on the road with 14 points in 12 games...Ehlers' eight road goals are tied for sixth in the NHL, while Scheifele's 10 assists are tied for seventh...Scheifele has seven points (2G, 5A) in his past six road games.

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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