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Jets have points in five straight games (4-0-1)

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

ALUMNI NIGHT

A special night is in store for Jets fans as the organization welcomes two more members to the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame. Thomas Steen leads the 1.0 edition of the Jets in games played (950), assists (553) and playoff games (56) after playing his entire NHL career here in Winnipeg. Randy Carlyle joins Lars-Erik Sjoberg as the only defencemen in the Jets Hall of Fame. Carlyle recorded 40 plus points in his first five full seasons in Winnipeg and wound up with 306 points in a Jets jersey.

PENALTY KILL

The Jets penalty kill has been a talking point throughout the season but as of late it has been brilliant. Since Winnipeg allowed two power play goals to the Boston Bruins on January 31st they have killed off 12 of the last 13 shorthanded situations.  

GROWTH OF COPP

With the Jets missing their second and third line centres, Andrew Copp has taken advantage of the situation with solid play up the middle. Copp is one goal behind the career high 11 goals he scored last season and has game winning goals in two of his last three games. He has been a big part of the team's success on the penalty kill and has been great in the face-off dot as well.

"I think he's a centreman, that's where he thrives. When he plays in the middle he tends to elevate his game," said Blake Wheeler on Sunday night.

"It seems like that responsibility is great for him."

KYLE CONNOR CONSISTENCY

After being named the NHL's Second Star of the Week, Kyle Connor looks to keep his offensive production going. He became the seventh different player in franchise history to record at least three points on consecutive days and now sits two goals shy of becoming the third player in franchise history with at least three consecutive 30 goal seasons.

"It's just simple hockey. It's just recognizing what's on the table here, we need points," said Connor.

"It's playoff hockey, everybody is bringing their best every single night."

WELCOMING BACK TROUBA AND LEMIEUX

Jacob Trouba and Brendan Lemieux are in Winnipeg for the first time since being dealt to the Rangers in separate deals in 2019. The Jets have already faced their former teammates way back on the first night of their NHL seasons, a 6-4 Rangers win at MSG on October 3rd.

"We talk all the time. So he came over for dinner last night," said Copp of Trouba.

"Just had some dinner, hung out and got to spend some time with him for sure. It's not like we were doing a whole lot of catching up. Great to see him."

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