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Wheeler on scoring tear for Jets

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Blake Wheeler is on a roll, and so are the Winnipeg Jets.

Wheeler, Winnipeg's captain, matched his single-game NHL career high with four assists in a 4-1 win at the Dallas Stars on Monday. The 31-year-old forward has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in his past five games and has 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in 14 games this season, third in the NHL. Wheeler needed the second-fewest games in Jets/Atlanta Thrashers history to reach the 20-point mark; Ilya Kovalchuk needed 13 games in the 2003-04 season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The Jets (8-3-3) extended their point streak to eight games (5-0-3) and are one game away from matching the longest point streak in franchise history; the Thrashers went 6-0-3 from Dec. 9-28. 2005, according to Elias.

Connor Hellebuyck made 33 saves and is 8-0-2 this season with a 2.12 goals-against average and .936 save percentage, extending the longest season-opening point streak by a goaltender in franchise history.

 

Rock-paper-scissors and whatever else?

When Mark Scheifele of the Jets and Tyler Seguin of the Stars get together, there is going to be some rock-paper-scissors played. Scheifele was 2-0 lifetime, but Seguin won Monday. The victory was not without controversy, however.

 

Global homecoming

The 2017 SAP NHL Global Series will be a special one for Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson. It is being played Sweden, his homeland, and he's very aware of the countrymen who came before him.

 

Behind the numbers

While newly acquired center Matt Duchene has similar scoring and shooting stats to the man the Ottawa Senators traded away in Kyle Turris, one measurable difference could pay big dividends.

 

Hall of Fame suits Recchi

Mark Recchi, who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, used to warm up long before a game started, when he was still wearing a suit, says Arizona Coyotes coach and former Recchi teammate Rick Tocchet.

 

Keller can't stop, won't stop

Coyotes rookie Clayton Keller just can't stop scoring goals. It is something to see. Watch him score his 11th goal, which came in his 16th NHL game.

 

Big night for little guy

Carter Johnson is a 12-year-old undergoing cancer treatment for osteosarcoma, the same disease as legendary Canadian runner Terry Fox. Johnston is proving to be one heck of a fighter. See his story and watch him drop the ceremonial first puck in Vancouver on Hockey Fights Cancer night.

 

Honoring Dave Strader

The son of late broadcaster Dallas Stars broadcaster Dave Strader, Trevor, did a stirring rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in honor of his father on Hockey Fights Cancer night at American Airlines Center.

 

Logan leading the way

Look no further than Logan Shaw to see who is leading the "Movember" charge for the Anaheim Ducks. His mustache is glorious.

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