COMING BACK FROM THE ROAD
The Jets are coming back from another extensive road trip for tonight's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets and so far the results have been mixed. Following their four game road trip to kick off the season, Winnipeg beat Minnesota 5-2 thanks to a four point night from Patrik Laine in their home opener. But after a three game trip through California, the Jets fell to the New Jersey Devils in the first contest back, a 2-1 shootout loss. The first period will be interesting to watch after the Jets took Friday off.
OFFENCE FROM THE OTHER TEAMS DEFENCE
From the Avs Cale Makar, Tampa's Victor Hedman, Nashville's Roman Josi and a double dose of the Stars' Miro Heiskanen the Jets have faced a lot of the league's top offensive defencemen in the last half of the month of November. They will get another challenge in the Blue Jackets who have one of the NHL's most active defence group led by Seth Jones and Zach Werenski.
STILL WAITING ON THE PP…
Another game for the new look power play units and the Jets went 0-for-2 in Dallas meaning they are 1-for-10 in their last five games with the man advantage.
"Our numbers aren't where we like it to be so how long do you leave it?," said Paul Maurice.
"We've got one more adjustment that we would make with that two unit concept before we would have to reconsider before we would go back to loading up one (unit)."
DISCIPLINE IS KEY
Winnipeg has nearly 20 more power play opportunities than short-handed situations in 2019-20. Obviously discipline has been a factor in all of this and change in personnel plays a role in that. With the suspension of Dustin Byfuglien (69) and the departure of Brendan Lemieux (64), Tyler Myers (63), Ben Chiarot (62) and Jacob Trouba (58), that means five of the top six penalty minute leaders from 2018-19 are gone.
"We don't run as heavy, we can't. Our wingers are not built to be overly physical so we're not getting those over aggressive penalties," said Maurice.
HIGH FLYING JACKETS
Much like Winnipeg, the Blue Jackets come to town after a lot of offseason changes. Gone are starting goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and high flying winger Artemi Panerin. So after a .500 month of October, Columbus has started scoring in bunches especially during their three game winning streak which they put on the line tonight. The Blue Jackets have back-to-back five goal performances.