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Jets play the first of five straight games at Bell MTS Place

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

START OF A HOME STAND

The Jets have played five of their first six games on the road and now starting tonight they will play five straight at Bell MTS Place. Winnipeg is 1-0 at home thanks to that 5-2 effort against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. Not including the Tim Horton's Heritage Classic in Regina (which is technically a home game) the Jets will play nine of their next 12 on home ice. This is a great chance for the team to put up some points early on to help them in a competitive Central Division.

WINNING WITHOUT POWER PLAY

Even though the Jets went 1-for-4 on the power play Saturday night and that goal was a key marker in the 3-2 overtime win in Chicago. Winnipeg has two power play goals this season and they are working at a 13.3% efficiency that has them ranked 25th in the NHL. Winnipeg's 4-2 record is even more impressive considering that a weapon that they have won many a game within years past is not clicking.

COPP'S LINE CLICKING

Andrew Copp scored his first goal of the year Saturday night during a big performance from him, Nikolaj Ehlers (1G, 1A) and Kyle Connor (1A, 7 SOG). After getting so much offence from the top line, it was important for Copp's line to get things going after Winnipeg fell behind 2-0 in the first period. Ehlers is currently third on the team in scoring with seven points (2G, 5A) and Connor has two points to go along with 28 shots, the Michigan product is second in the league in that department.

PERFECT DEFENSIVELY

While Adam Lowry, Gabriel Bourque and Mark Letestu have been unable to get on the scoresheet this season, they have been invincible defensively. The trio have shut things down and have not allowed a single goal against as a unit in 2019-20. Paul Maurice said on Saturday that Lowry's line has a bigger role on home ice against the other team's best players.

SECOND CRACK AT CROSBY

The Penguins superstar scored the first goal for the Penguins and it turned out to be the only goal Pittsburgh would score in a 4-1 loss to the Jets in the first meeting between these two teams back on Tuesday. Winnipeg has done a pretty good job containing the future Hall of Famer holding him to three goals and five assists in the last nine meetings.

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