GIVING HELLY A BREAK
After starting 12 of the last 13 games for the Winnipeg Jets, Connor Hellebuyck will get the night off. The Jets All-Star goaltender might be running into a wall right now especially after he has allowed 13 goals in his last three starts. But head coach Paul Maurice has no concern about his starting goaltender.
"It's not on him right? Like they're still getting "A" chances on us and he needs a night off," said Maurice last night in Raleigh.
"He needs a break. We've asked an awful lot of this guy. I mean we're giving up the number of shots we give up, the quality of shots we give up. He needs a break."
Laurent Brossoit will get the call in goal this evening and this is a big night for him as well. Brossoit hasn't won a game since he stopped all 15 shots he faced in a 5-1 win at home over the Detroit Red Wings back on December 10th. In his last two starts, Brossoit has surrendered 11 goals but he also faced a total of 84 shots at home against Montreal (6-2 L) and at Boston (5-4 L).
PENALTY KILL THRIVING
Even though the Jets surrendered a power play goal last night in Raleigh, the penalty kill continues to roll on. They killed four of five Hurricane power plays on Tuesday night and that means they are now 12-for-13 (92.3%) in their last five games. An impressive feat especially since they have played the majority of this road trip without one of their best penalty killers in Adam Lowry.
JUST OUT OF REACH OF A PLAYOFF SPOT
Thanks to the loss last night in Raleigh, the Jets will not be in a playoff spot when the All-Star break begins Thursday. But with a win in the final game of this three game road trip, Winnipeg will sit one point out of the final wild card spot in the Western Conference. The Jets are currently three points behind the Vegas Golden Knights but hold two games in hand.
GO INTO THE BREAK ON A POSITIVE NOTE
With this being the final game of the moms trip as well, it goes without saying how nice it would be to end this off with a huge two points. The Jets schedule after the All-Star slash player break is rather challenging. They play Boston, St. Louis twice and Nashville in the four games afterwards but following that their next seven games are against non-playoff teams.