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Winnipeg has won six of their last seven against Chicago

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets


In the Jets back-to-back wins over Pittsburgh and Minnesota they gave up 38 and 40 shots, respectively. They were helped by Connor Hellebuyck who has been sensational in his last two starts. Head coach Paul Maurice said on Friday that the Jets are giving up way more (chances) than they want to but he is happy with his current seven defenceman on the roster (Morrissey, Kulikov, Dahlstrom, Bitetto, Poolman, Pionk and Heinola). Maurice feels they are generating enough at the offensive end of the rink but it's in their own end where they have to get better.


 Patrik Laine (10), Mark Scheifele (8) and Blake Wheeler (5) are piling up points as they are first, second and third in scoring on the team right now. The rest of the Jets forwards have combined for 13 points so it's clear on nights when the top unit doesn't produce, there will be offence required from other places. Kyle Connor leads the team with 21 shots and scored his second goal of the season on Thursday and linemate Nikolaj Ehlers is second in shots with 20. If they keep going, chances are the puck is going to start to go in.


 After playing a large amount of time with Andrew Copp and the since departed Brandon Tanev, Adam Lowry continues to adapt to his new veteran wingers in Mark Letestu and Gabriel Bourque. Lowry admits it's still a work in progress but once they get their reads down, they will start to be a more effective trio and spend less time in the defensive end of the rink.


 Ville Heinola has points in three of his first five games in the NHL. Thursday was the first time this season that he showed signs that he is in fact an 18-year-old rookie. Now you could argue that there should have been a penalty on the play that led to the first goal, but nonetheless, it was just a matter of time for the rookie to have a tough night. It will be interesting to see how the young Finn bounces back going forward.


 Winnipeg owned the Blackhawks last season going 4-0 against their Central Division rivals in 2018-19. Chicago is in the midst of a rebuild and have lost their first two games of their season. Look for the Jets to try and get on the young Blackhawks early and not allow them to get the fans behind them at any point.

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