PENALTY KILL A WORK IN PROGRESS
The Jets recorded two power play goals in a game for the first time this season and are 4-for-16 with the man advantage in the last three contests. However, the penalty kill needs some work with it ranked 30th in the NHL. Paul Maurice mentioned he wasn't happy with the two power play goals allowed 2:10 apart in the second period Tuesday against the Arizona Coyotes. Winnipeg is 1-4 when allowing a power play goal this season.
ANOTHER NIGHT FOR GUS
David Gustafsson will get another night to impress the coaching staff with Mark Letestu on the mend for another game. The Swedish centre had 11 shifts Tuesday against Arizona, 5:59 of ice time and won three of his four faceoffs in his NHL debut. Gustafsson says he has been watching Andrew Copp and Adam Lowry a lot during his time in the press box.
WAITING ONE MORE GAME
Bryan Little skated on Wednesday in a white jersey at practice and was between Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers. Little hasn't played since Winnipeg's preseason finale in St. Paul where he collided with Minnesota's Luke Kunin and has been dealing with a concussion. Little admitted that the recovery took a lot longer than he would have liked. The Wild forward actually texted Little to apologize for the hit and the 31-year-old and that was good enough for the 12-year veteran. Paul Maurice wants to be cautious with the return time of the teams second line centre, so it looks like Little could return Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers.
FORGET THE LAST VISIT FROM THE ISLANDERS
New York will be without both Jordan Eberle and Casey Cizakas for tonight's game. The last time the Islanders visited Bell MTS Place was March 28th, 2019 and they overcame a 4-2 third period deficit by scoring three times in just under 11 minutes to steal two points from the Jets. Cizakas scored the game tying goal with 1:46 left in the game and Eberle scored twice including the game winner at 18:47 of the final period. The Islanders also trailed by two goals against the St. Blues on Monday and came back to win 3-2 in overtime.
SECOND NHL GAME
The Islanders Oliver Wahlstrom made his NHL debut on Monday and will be going up against one of the players he likes to watch in the Jets Patrik Laine. There are not many players in the league right now that can shoot the puck like the Jets sniper, but Wahlstrom reportedly is one of them. The Boston product says it's pretty cool to get the opportunity to play against Laine this evening.