2 – Tuesday’s contest from the Bell Centre in Montreal was the second-straight one-goal victory for the Winnipeg Jets. After beating the Leafs 3-1 on Saturday, the Jets topped Ottawa 6-5 on Monday, and now Montreal 5-4 on Tuesday.
3 – Kyle Connor scored his third overtime winner, and 30th goal of the season Tuesday, to leapfrog fellow countryman Brock Boeser for the overall rookie goal scoring lead. The American now has 30 goals and 55 points in 74 games with the Jets this season.
4 – Patrik Laine, Kyle Connor, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are the only four players since 2006-07 to help their respective teams to back-to-back 30-goal rookies. There have only been eight such instances in NHL history.
5 – Winnipeg collected goals from five different goal scorers aged 22 or younger on Tuesday. (Laine 19, Ehlers 22, Roslovic 21, Niku 21, Connor 21).
6 – Six Jets’ regulars sat out Tuesday, in preparation for the upcoming playoffs. Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, Adam Lowry, Josh Morrissey, Jacob Trouba and Connor Hellebuyck all did not dress for Winnipeg.
7 – Patrik Laine snapped his seven game goalless drought as he scored his 44th goal of the season to bring him to within two goals of league leader Alexander Ovechkin. Both the Russian and the Finn have two games remaining in their respective regular seasons.
8 – Jack Roslovic who picked up a goal and an assist in the Jets’ victory, had sat out Winnipeg’s previous eight games as a healthy scratch.
18 – Niku stepped onto the ice for 18 shifts and a total of 15:13 of ice time. He played on the team’s top pair with veteran blue liner Dustin Byfuglien in his NHL debut.
30 – The total number of man games lost by Dmitry Kulikov (Upper-body 13), Matt Hendricks (Lower-body 11) and Toby Enstrom (Lower-body 6) on this current stretch of injuries.
35 – Winnipeg goaltender Steve Mason made his return to the lineup Tuesday and stopped 35 shots, en route to his first victory in quite some time.
50 – The Winnipeg Jets earned win number 50 in their victory over Montreal, putting together 110 points, with 20 losses and 10 overtime/shootout losses to go along with the wins.
90 – Jets’ captain Blake Wheeler is just one point shy of hitting 90 points for the first time in his career. He will put 89 points on the line Thursday night.
7:00 P.M. – The Winnipeg Jets with face off against the Calgary Flames from Bell MTS Place Thursday evening, with puck drop scheduled for 7:00 P.M. central.
By Carter Brooks
Photo by James Carey Lauder