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13.2.2019
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Match Day: Jets proceed property stand vs. Avalanche

Be sure to catch the JetsTV Stay Pre-Game Demonstrate with Jamie Thomas, Mitchell Clinton & more beginning at 5:00pm CT right here on WinnipegJets.com and the Jets mobile app, as well as YouTube and Facebook Reside.WINNIPEG – If the first two meetings with the Colorado Avalanche this season have taught the Winnipeg Jets anything, it’s to prepare for tonight’s match-up to go down to the final buzzer – and po sibly even further than that.Each https://www.unionjets.com/winnipeg-jets-jersey/patrik-laine-jersey of those games at the Pepsi Center in Denver went into overtime, with the Avalanche winning both.Nathan MacKinnon scored the winner the first time, but the Avalanche won’t have the two-time NHL All-Star in the line-up tonight, due to an upper-body injury he suffered on Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks.Still, that doesn’t change Bryan Little’s approach.“Even though he’s out, they’re still a dangerous team,“ said Little. „They compete. They’re putting that team they were a few years ago behind them. They work hard, and they’re on top of you every chance they get. They’re one of those teams that if you underestimate them, they’re going to make you pay.“ Video: PREGAME | Bryan Little The 22-year-old MacKinnon is third in the NHL in points with 61, and has the most points of any player in the league since Nov. 1, with 53 in 38 games.It will be the second game MacKinnon has mi sed, with the first being on Thursday, a 4-3 Avalanche win over the Edmonton Oilers.“It changes them like (Mark Scheifele) changes us. It’s another real strong offensive weapon,“ said head coach Paul Maurice. „Their sport hasn’t changed. Their video game in Edmonton was powerful. They scored goals, they looked good, they dominated at times in that video game. It’s one le s finisher out there, one le s play creator. But a good player goes in. It’s a big hole to fill. It can be done. You look at any of the teams that have lost an A centre man – LA, Anaheim – there’s a cost to it for sure.“You could say they’re not as dangerous over a 15 sport period. But to say they’re not as dangerous going into tonight’s match is foolish.“The Jets have injury i sues of their own, as centre Adam Lowry won’t play tonight after re-aggravating his upper-body injury in Thursday’s 3-2 overtime lo s to the Vegas Golden Knights.Video: PREGAME | Nikolaj Ehlers It was Lowry’s second game back from his initial injury that caused him to mi s eight games.“He was cleared 100 per cent and got through the first match no problem. It’s not as significant as the last one. I’m not going to rule him out for Arizona, but I’m not going to list him as probable for there either,“ said Maurice.“It was just an unfortunate situation where he got into a bunch of bumping again, which is part of his style of play. He was at full strength, full range of motion, away you go. When he gets back to that, he’ll go back in.“It was an optional skate for the Jets this morning, with eight skaters and goaltender Michael Hutchinson on the ice. With Lowry out of the line-up, the lines are expected to look like this, with Connor Hellebuyck getting the start in goal.Laine-Wheeler-RoslovicPerreault-Little-EhlersTanev-Copp-ArmiaConnor-Hendricks-DanoMorri sey-MyersPoolman-ByfuglienChiarot-KulikovVideo: PREGAME | Paul MauriceThe Jets continue on to lead the Central Division standings with a 30-13-9 record, and have picked up three of a po sible four points on the 10-game dwelling stand thus far.But even though the Jets are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games, they haven’t been able to create any separation in the standings. The reason for that is the strong play of the other six teams in the division.Colorado is just one of those teams. Even though the Avalanche are one point out of a playoff spot, they are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, and saw a 10-game win streak come to an end on Jan. 23.“The speed and intensity has picked up a bit. It seems like it always does this time of year,“ said Little. „Teams are battling for positions in standings, and battling for playoff spots. You expect it to pick up and get more competitive, and it has been. The games have been tighter and more physical. It’s that time of year.“Puck drop is set for 6 pm CT.ICE CHIPSMark Scheifele took part in the optional morning skate today, but wasn’t wearing the bright yellow non-contact jersey he had been the last few days.While Maurice said that was in part because there were only seven other skaters on the ice, he added that Scheifele could be back as early as next week.“The next step for him is to get to contact. It will happen I think sometime this week. It might be Monday. That will be up to the medical (staff),“ said Maurice. „Once he hits that, and he has to get through it, probably a couple of days of it, he’s not going to have any conditioning curve because it’s upper-body. He’s been able to skate. He’s a real fit guy and he pushes himself real hard.“Once he gets through a couple of fairly heavy contact days then he’ll be ready to go. I don’t have him for Arizona, but I won’t rule out St. Louis yet.“- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.comJETS Recreation NOTESTonight’s GameThe Winnipeg Jets welcome the Colorado Avalanche to Bell MTS Place tonight for the first of two games between the two sides in Winnipeg in a span of two weeks…This is the third match of a franchise record 10-game homestand for the Jets…The Jets lost 3-2 in overtime to the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday and are 1-0-1 during the homestand…After a pair of days off, the Jets proceed the homestand on Tuesday against the Arizona Coyotes.Jets vs. Avalanche Notes- The Jets have points in eight of their last nine games (5-1-3) against the Avalanche, including four of five games last season.- Three of the last six games between the Jets and Avalanche have been decided in overtime – all of which the Jets have lost 3-2.- The Jets have outscored the Avalanche 26-20 in the last nine meetings.- Winnipeg is 6-for-33 (18.2%) on the power play in its last nine games against Colorado…The last time the Jets scored multiple power play goals against the Avalanche was Feb. 8/15 – a span of 12 games.PK ImprovementSince the Christmas break, the Jets have killed 42 of their 47 power plays allowed for a 89.4% efficiency on the penalty kill in the 15 games…The Jets are tied for ninth in the NHL with a 82.2% penalty kill on the https://www.unionjets.com/winnipeg-jets-jersey/tyler-myers-jersey season…Winnipeg is also ninth on the penalty kill at property at 84.9%…The Jets haven’t allowed multiple power play goals against in a recreation since Dec. 16 at STL in a 2-0 lo s – a span of 19 games.Points in SixBy pushing the sport to overtime on Thursday, the Jets secured a point in their sixth straight activity…It’s their third streak this season of getting a point in at least six consecutive games…Winnipeg’s season high for consecutive points is eight games from Oct. 20-Nov. 6.Against the CentralThe Central Division-leading Jets are 7-5-2 against their Central Division foes this season and 26-13-4 dating back to last season…However, the Jets are 2-4-1 in their last seven games against the Central.Elusive Second PointThe Jets record in games decided in overtime or a shootout fell to 3-9 on Thursday, including 1-7 in games decided in overtime…The Jets are one of five teams in the NHL this season to win a league-low once in overtime…The Jets have a better winning percentage in games decided in a shootout, going 2-2…Since relocating to Winnipeg in 2011, the Jets are 56-60 in games decided in overtime or a shootout.Household Cookin’The Jets hold down one of the best property records in the NHL this season at 18-3-2, good for an .826 points percentage…The Jets have won 14 of their last 16 dwelling games, outscoring their opposition 62-30 in the proce s…Winnipeg has scored four goals or more in 14 of the 18 wins at Bell MTS Place…The Jets and Golden Knights are the only clubs in the NHL with five total lo ses at property this season…In 2017-18, the Jets have already twice tied the franchise record with seven consecutive wins on home ice (Nov. 14 – Dec. 11/17 and Dec. 17/17-Jan. 30/18)…The Jets also have a point in eight consecutive dwelling games, which is three games shy of the season-high and franchise record of 11 games (Oct. 20-Dec. 11/17)…Since Oct. 17, the Jets have lost just twice at house in regulation…The Jets also have the second-best power play in the NHL at home at 30.5% (25-for-82).The (Bell MTS) Place to BeTonight is the third match of a 10-game homestand for the Jets, the longest run of consecutive games on dwelling ice in the history of the Jets/Thrashers franchise…Before this 10-game stretch at residence, the longest homestand for the club was eight games from Feb. 17- Mar. 12/12 where the Jets went 5-1-2…Of the 10 Bell MTS Place contests during this run, Winnipeg play six games against Western Conference opponents and four against the East…This will be one of just two times this season that the Jets are property for more than three straight games at house (six games from Mar. 15-27).Clutch ConnorAfter scoring the game-winning goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, Kyle Connor scored the game-tying goal on Thursday to force overtime…His 17 goals are tied for third in NHL rookie goal scoring, while he’s tied for second among rookies with 32 points…Connor has scored eight of his 17 goals in the third period, which leads all NHL rookies and is second on the Jets to only Mark Scheifele’s nine third period tallies.Lots of ActionDefenceman Dustin Byfuglien played 29:37 on Thursday, which is the most ice time for any Jets player this season…The previous high https://www.unionjets.com/winnipeg-jets-jersey/dmitry-kulikov-jersey was 27:30 by Jacob Trouba on Dec. 21 at BOS…Byfuglien’s career-high TOI is 31:55, which he played on Jan. 23/17 vs. ANA…Byfuglien is averaging 23:36 TOI this season, compared to 27:27 last season.Double-Digit Goal GettersJoel Armia’s goal late in the first period on Thursday was his 10th of the season, which matches the career high he established last season…It also gave the Jets their eighth double-digit goal scorer of the season, which is tied with the New York Rangers for the most in the NHL this season…Adam Lowry needs two more goals to also join the double-digit club.Jets vs. Avalanche All-Time RecordsOverall: 19-10-10At Bell MTS Place: 8-2-1At Pepsi Center: 9-5-7 Continue reading