BUILDING OFF INCREDIBLE COMEBACK
Following the Jets incredible 5-4 comeback victory in New Jersey Friday night, captain Blake Wheeler said the Jets will always have the comeback to fall back on. With all the new faces and how young this group is, coming back from 4-0 down on the road is an important moment for Winnipeg. After an off day in New York, they have some confidence and momentum heading into their game against the stingy Islanders.
Ordinarily Laurent Brossoit plays the second half of back-to-backs to give Connor Hellebuyck a rest before giving the net back to the Jets number one goaltender. Tonight, Paul Maurice has rewarded Brossoit for holding the fort against the Devils on Friday. After giving up a goal-of-the-year candidate to New Jersey's Blake Coleman with just over 6 minutes left in the second, Brossoit shut the door the rest of the way. It's the first time that Brossoit will get starts in consecutive games since he signed with the Jets in the summer of 2018. The 26-year-old started seven consecutive games for the Edmonton Oilers in December of 2017.
COPP LINE GETTING MORE COMFORTABLE
Andrew Copp, Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor are starting to build a little more chemistry. The trio were on the ice for a couple of goals in New York on Thursday but were much better against the Devils getting a two goals back. It's early, but Laine's attention to detail during 5-on-5 play looks a lot better and the 20-year-old says it's better than he expected to start the season.
KULIKOV STEPPING UP
Dmitry Kulikov has been impressive in his first two games skating alongside Josh Morrissey on the Jets top defense pairing. The Russian defenceman has an excellent 56.1% Corsi to go with two points while averaging just over 20 minutes of ice time to start Winnipeg's four game Eastern road trip. Kulikov scored his first goal since February 6, 2018 which started the Jets incredible comeback and Winnipeg improved to 4-0 whenever Kulikov scores a goal dating back to the 2017-18 season. With the Jets being on the road, it will be tough for the team to get Morrissey and Kulikov out against the Islanders top line of Matthew Barzal, Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee.
CHANCES WILL BE LIMITED
The Jets have scored eight goals in their first two games and have dominated long stretches of those games in New York and New Jersey, respectively. Barry Trotz's Islanders were the only team in the NHL to surrender less than 200 goals in 2018-19 with a league leading 196. The Islanders are a tight defensive team so tonight's game shouldn't be as wide open.