While we all watched the new lines with interest on Friday night, Connor Hellebuyck put up another stellar performance stopping 32 shots to give him nine games out of 13 appearances with a .920 save percentage or better. His biggest save came a perfect time with the Jets leading 2-1 in the third, Hellebuyck outwaited the Canucks Bo Horvat before closing the door with a glove save.
Even with all the changes to the blueline, Hellebuyck says he hasn't changed his game at all.
"We have a lot of good communication and they want to build it together. We are building this system together," said Hellebuyck.
"I think we're reading on each other very well right now and they're making my game a lot easier."
The Jets played arguably their most complete game of the season Friday night against one of the best teams in the Western Conference. It seemed like the momentum continued in their favour throughout most of the evening through each line change. On top of that, the team's top forwards got a break in terms of ice time thanks to the fact they led from the 16:54 mark of the second period.
Mark Scheifele was the only Jet forward to come even close to 20 minutes of ice time with 19:13 and he was followed by Kyle Connor (18:39) and Andrew Copp (18:17). Only Neal Pionk (23:21) and Josh Morrissey (21:25) eclipsed the 20 minute mark amongst defencemen.
PENALTY KILL MOVING UP
Winnipeg shut down two Canuck power plays on Friday night and are 10-11 on the penalty kill over their last five games. The Jets are 6-1-1 when they do not allow a power play goal against and are starting to become much better at not giving up grade "A" scoring chances.
"Our power play improved statistically the minute Bryan Little came back and then we lost Adam (Lowry to a two-game suspension) and then he comes back," said Paul Maurice.
"During that time we're making adjustments that are starting to come in a little more aggressive."
The young forward looked comfortable skating in the top six forward group and seems on the verge of a breakout game. He scored a power play goal where he used his speed to get to the front of the net and confidence can only help Roslovic going forward. Roslovic's improvements have been noticed by the Jets captain and line mate Blake Wheeler.
"There have been a few games where I've had a few shifts with him. I've really liked it," said Wheeler.
"He's just so fast and he gets on the puck so well. He's really taken some strides."
The Jets are facing the Dallas Stars for the first time this season and it's a team that has split up it's big line of Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Alex Radulov. The Stars are missing key personnel on the blueline with Roman Polak and John Kilngberg out due to injury and after a slow start to the season have won seven of their last 10 games to get back to .500.