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The Jets are 7-6-1 against the Eastern Conference this season

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets


It didn't happen on home ice but it did happen in the state where Blake Wheeler grew up, played his high school and college hockey. Wheeler recorded two points during the Jets 6-0 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday afternoon and became the franchise's all-time points leader for the Jets/Thrashers passing Ilya Kovalchuk. His mom and dad were in attendance making the day even more special for the 33-year-old.

"It's funny how things work out that way. I knew I was getting close; I knew Minnesota was coming up and that just seemed like that was going to happen," said Wheeler.

"Ultimately, it's special to have my mom and dad there. They've been there since day one. I was missing four pretty special people in my life there, I would have loved to have had Sam (his wife) and the kids there."


The Jets backup netminder will make his second start this month after he was in goal for the teams 5-1 win over Detroit back on November 10th. Brossoit stopped all 15 shots he faced that night and Connor Hellebuyck allowed the lone goal against the Red Wings. Last season, Brossoit started the final game before the Christmas break and made 40 saves recording his first NHL shutout in Vancouver. 


The Canadiens always have a lot of fans in the stands at Bell MTS Place and it seems to have worked in their favour having taken the last three meetings in Winnipeg. The Jets haven't beaten Montreal here since March 5, 2016. 

"They're fast. They've got some skill up front. They have d-men that can move and make some plays," said Mark Scheifele.

"The biggest thing is they are fast, they're on the puck. They're not going to give you a lot of time and space so you have to try and use that to your advantage and take away their time. It's going to be a tough test."


Ben Chiarot makes his return to Winnipeg after he signed a three-year contract with an AAV of 3.5 million dollars with the Montreal Canadiens in the summer. Chiarot posted career highs in goals, assists and points last season in Winnipeg and was primarily partnered with Dustin Byfuglien. The Hamilton product is paired with Shea Weber on the Canadiens top shut down pairing and is playing a lot of big minutes with the Canadiens.

"It's a big mixed bag of emotions, you know what I mean. It's exciting and kind of sad that you are not here with the people you kind of grew up with," said Chiarot.

"It's a mixed bag of emotions but I'm excited to play tonight."


After making his NHL debut Saturday in Saint Paul, Jansen Harkins will make his first NHL appearance in Winnipeg in front of the fans at Bell MTS Place. Harkins recorded his first NHL assist on Saturday and will be looking to add to his point totals this evening on the fourth line with Nick Shore and Logan Shaw. 

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