SPECIAL, SPECIAL TEAMS
It's been an up and down season for the Winnipeg Jets special team's units. Last night against the Ottawa Senators, it was as close to perfect as you can get. The Jets got three power play goals from Patrik Laine on four opportunities and their penalty kill went a perfect three-for-three. The man advantage had not scored in the previous four games so a breakout game was important and much needed for confidence. As for the PK, they have been perfect three out of the last four games, going 9-for-10 while being shorthanded.
LAINE CLIMBING AN IMPRESSIVE LIST
Patrik Laine has eight goals in his last eight games thanks to his eighth career hat trick Saturday afternoon against the Sens. Laine is up to 23 goals on the season - good for 133 career tallies. He passed Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby and tied former Minnesota North Star Brian Bellows for most goals by a player before his 22nd birthday. On top of that, Laine is one of three players to score 50 or more power play goals since making his NHL debut in 2016-17. The others are Washington's Alex Ovechkin (64) and Boston's David Pastrnak (57).
BEAULIEU GETTING UP TO SPEED
The Jets beleaguered blueline is glad to have Nathan Beaulieu back after a 14 game absence. He now has two games under his belt and is starting to look more comfortable and is a very important part of Winnipeg's penalty kill.
"Obviously I've been injured for most of the season but now I'm back in the lineup," said Beaulieu.
"We're in a position trying to make the playoffs, trying to make a push. I'm just trying to contribute anyway I can."
BACK IN A PLAYOFF SPOT
It's been a lot of hard work out of the break, but the Jets are finally being rewarded for their solid play over the last five games as they sit in the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.
"We went three games culminating in the Boston game where we thought we had turned a corner," said Paul Maurice.
"Our compete level has been way higher. It starts to worry you with your hockey team we didn't have much in the tank in Carolina and Columbus but we played a heck of a game against Boston (on January 31st). We are very hopeful that is the foundation of our game going forward."
FIND A WAY TO SLOW DOWN KANE
Chicago has found a way to take five out of a possible six points from the Jets in three regular season meetings. Patrick Kane had a four point night the last time Chicago came to Bell MTS Place and recorded his 1000th point against the Jets in their last matchup on January 19th.
"He's a pretty talented player and it seems like he's got our number," said Mark Scheifele.
"But he's a very talented guy so we got to take his space away. We just have to play our game."