The Jets will welcome back another veteran player to the lineup tonight with Gabriel Bourque returning to the roster. Bourque hasn't played since November 5th against the New Jersey Devils and has missed 14 games with a lower body injury. He will slot in on the fourth line with Logan Shaw and Nick Shore.
"He makes real good decisions with the puck. He's heavy on the forecheck, he'll block shots," said Paul Maurice.
"He's more than willing to do all the hard things you have come to expect from a player who has spent his career in that role."
55 HEATING UP
Mark Scheifele scored twice on Sunday afternoon to get to 400 career points in the National Hockey League and he did it in only 478 games. Only one other player to debut with the franchise reached 400 career points faster and that was Ilya Kovalchuk who did it in 403 contests. Scheifele has a point in every game this month with four goals and a helper and is currently tied with Nikolaj Ehlers for the team lead in goals with 13.
With Connor Hellebuyck starting in his home state of Michigan on Thursday in the second game of the home and home with the Red Wings, that means Laurent Brossoit gets the call tonight. Brossoit faced the Red Wings in both meetings last season and was brilliant posting a 2-0 record with a .952 save percentage and 1.50 goals against average. In fact, the Jets have won three of Brossoit's last four starts with the only blemish coming in a 2-1 setback in Los Angeles on November 30th.
IMPRESSIVE OPENING 30 GAMES
With all the questions surrounding the Winnipeg Jets to start the 2019-20 season they responded with 18 wins in the first 30 games of the schedule. That's tied for the second most wins after 30 games to start a season in franchise history, it took the Jets 29 games to get to 18 victories last season.
Eric Comrie was drafted by the Jets in 2013 and played five games with the Jets and 183 with their AHL affiliate. Comrie will start tonight in goal for the Red Wings after coming to Detroit in a trade with Arizona. He made his Red Wing debut on Saturday night coming in for starter Jonathan Bernier and played just over 8 minutes in a 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh.