TEAM BUILT FOR ONE GOAL GAMES
We are still a long ways from April but the Winnipeg Jets look comfortable right now to play in playoff style games. 10-1-1 in one goal games so far this season after a 2-1 win in Nashville and it certainly appears they feel confident about their chances in that situation. Paul Maurice is enjoying his team's ability to win these types of games and the fact they've been in so many of them so far.
"I think it's the best kind of environment to work in for a hockey team," said Maurice.
"Because it's the closest thing you can get to a playoff game in the regular season. It's one play right? It's one play that can change the course of a game in a one goal game."
Goaltending plays a role in the Jets success in one goal games but that is only one part of it. The defence has to be given fair credit to this ability to come out on the right side of those games. The addition of Nathan Beaulieu and Luca Sbisa cannot be understated.
"We're a little better defensively five-on-five because of it, the penalty kill has improved," said Maurice.
"So there's a goal, kind of every second game that's not going in."
NO CHANGE TO THE PP
Since the Jets put Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler on separate power play units they have created a lot of opportunities, yet the results haven't been there. Winnipeg has gone 2-11 with the new groups but Maurice doesn't plan to make any changes ahead of the Dallas game.
"We've got 40 plus goal scorers on both units and we've got big point guys on both units," said Maurice.
"If you load it up like we had last year at the start and nothing's happening than you've got a group of guys who are sitting on your bench who aren't involved in your power play."
ONE AWAY FROM CAREER HIGH
Nikolaj Ehlers arguably has been the Jets most consistent offensive forward this season and now has goals in his last three games. Should the Danish forward score tonight against the Dallas Stars he will equal a career high for longest goal streak at four games, a feat he has accomplished twice already in his young NHL career.
GOING TO THE BIG D
The Jets have already beat the Stars 3-2 in overtime this season after going 1-3 against their Central Division rival in 2018-19. Winnipeg dropped both games at American Airlines Arena in Dallas last season and were outscored 9-3 in the process. The Stars are rolling right now as well, having just beat Vancouver 6-1 on home ice on Tuesday. Dallas is 8-1-1 in their last ten and sit a point back of Winnipeg for third spot in the Central.