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The Jets are 4-0-1 on Fridays this season

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets


Connor Hellebuyck became the franchise leader in shutouts on Tuesday night in grand fashion stopping 41 Vancouver Canuck shots in a 4-0 Jets victory. Hellebuyck surpassed former teammate Ondrej Pavelec with his 18th shutout in the NHL and on top of that recorded his fourth shutout of the season making him the leader in the department. The Michigan product is also leading the league in shots faced and saves. Of his 18 shutouts, Hellebuyck has shut out 11 different teams. Tampa Bay however, is one of the teams that he has not blanked in his career.


The win over Vancouver was their first at Bell MTS Place since December 15th and while it only put them one game over .500 on home ice, don't overlook the importance of Tuesday's result. 

"There isn't a negative feeling playing at home but you're aware of where that streak had gotten to," said Paul Maurice of the six game winless streak at Bell MTS Place.

"So it was important that it ended so you are not answering questions and home has been such a dominant place for us the last two couple of years that you want to feel good at home, we want to feel confident here."


Carl Dahlstrom went down on Tuesday night with a broken hand and is lost for six weeks. Tucker Poolman is out of the lineup with a lower body issue sustained on Sunday afternoon, Dmitry Kulikov returns tonight after missing a game with the flu. Stability has been hard to come by on the blueline as the Jets have used six different defence combinations in their eight games this month. 


Confidence is an important thing in sports so Jack Roslovic scoring his first goal since December 17th means a lot to the young forward. Roslovic was moved down from the Wheeler line to the Lowry line for Tuesday's game against the Canucks and Maurice is hoping that the Ohio product takes off from here.

"One (goal) in 19 games, that's a long stretch for a skilled guy to go. A lot of times you get one and you get your confidence boost cause he's had some chances; it just hasn't been going for him," said Maurice.

"So I'm hoping it's a bit of a catalyst for him to get the offensive numbers that we believe he is capable of getting too."


After a couple of lower event games here in Winnipeg on this home stand, expect a lot of action at both ends of the ice. For proof of that look no further than the last two times Tampa has travelled to the Manitoba capital. The Jets won both of those games, a 5-4 OT win in December of 2018 and a 4-1 win over the Lightning in January of 2018. 

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