The Winnipeg Jets visit the Minnesota Wild this afternoon at Xcel Energy Center. The Jets are coming off a 1-2-0 homestand, which saw them lose the last two games. Winnipeg returns home after today's game to host the Montreal Canadiens at Bell MTS Place on Monday in the Jets last game before the Christmas break.
Dec. 19 vs. CHI - 4-1 L
Jets Scorers: Poolman (2)
Blackhawks Scorers: Nylander (5), Kubalik (9), Gustafsson (4), Kane (19)
Jets Goaltender: Connor Hellebuyck (28 sv, 4 ga)
Blackhawks Goaltender: Robin Lehner (36 sv, 1 ga)
Jets PP: 0-for-2
Jets PK: 1-for-2
Recap: The Jets outshot the Blackhawks 37-32, but lost 4-1 on Thursday night...Tucker Poolman scored Winnipeg's lone goal...Kyle Connor led the Jets with seven shots, while Adam Lowry had a team high six hits.
Three Stars: 1. Lehner 2. Kane 3. Ehlers
The Jets are 5-3-1 against divisional opponents this season...The Jets are 13-7-1 against the Western Conference this season...The Jets are in the midst of playing five of six games against Western Conference teams...Kyle Connor leads the Jets in scoring against the Western Conference with 22 points (9G, 13A) in 21 games, while Mark Scheifele has a team-leading 10 goals.
The Jets are 10-6-1 on the road this season...Winnipeg has won seven of their past 11 road games (7-3-1), including matching a franchise record with five consecutive road wins from Nov. 1-19/19...The Jets have not lost consecutive road games in regulation this season, but are winless in their past three road games (0-2-1)...Patrik Laine (4G, 15A) and Mark Scheifele (6G, 13A) lead the Jets in scoring on the road with 19 points.
Take Your Shots
The Jets outshot Chicago 30-15 in the first two periods of Thursday's game...The second period has been Winnipeg's most productive from a shots perspective this season with 402, which is eighth in the NHL...The Jets are fifth in third period shots with 374...Kyle Connor leads the Jets with 121 shots this season.
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Tucker Poolman scored his second goal of the season on Thursday, which establishes a career high...It ended a 28-game goalless streak...Poolman had already established career highs with 10 assists and 12 points.
Points Record in Reach
Captain Blake Wheeler is two points away from becoming the franchise's all-time leader in points...With 614 points (201G, 413A) in 674 games, he's one point behind Ilya Kovalchuk, who had 615 points (328G, 287A) in 594 games with the franchise when it was in Atlanta...Wheeler is already the franchise leader in assists with 413...He is coming off a pair of career high 91-point seasons and has closed in quickly on the record with 10 points (3G, 7A) in eight games in December.
Six players have played games for the Jets and in the AHL for the Manitoba Moose this season, including three that are on the Jets active roster - Logan Shaw, Joona Luoto, and Mason Appleton...In addition, Jansen Harkins was recalled by the Jets earlier this week, but has yet to make his NHL debut...Michael Spacek, Nelson Nogier, and Cameron Schilling were recalled by the Jets at times earlier this season, but didn't see any game action before being returned to the Moose.