After splitting the two games in Helsinki with the Florida Panthers on Thursday and Friday of last week, Winnipeg now has until Friday night to prepare for their first game back on home soil, against the visiting Central Division rival Colorado Avalanche.
Patrik Laine stole the show overseas, collecting four goals in the two games, including one hat trick, to take over sole possession of the Jets’ goal-scoring lead. Dustin Byfuglien also collected a slew of points, vaulting him into first place all-time in regular season NHL points put up while overseas, surpassing Theo Fleury and Anze Kopitar with his seventh point.
Upon returning home, the Jets announced two roster moves, sending down defenceman Tucker Poolman and goaltender Eric Comrie to their American Hockey League affiliate Manitoba Moose. Both players were recalled as emergency backups for Winnipeg’s trip to Finland.
Poolman has three assists in six games for the Moose this season, while Comrie is 3-2-0 with a .917 save percentage and a 2.80 goals against average early on in the AHL season. East Coast Hockey League call-up Mikhail Berdin performed exceptionally in three starts with Manitoba, posting a 3-0-0 record, with a .941 save percentage and a 1.92 goals against average in his first taste of AHL action.
The Jets pick things back up on Friday evening, as Winnipeg hosts Colorado from Bell MTS Place at 7:00 P.M. local time. The game will be available to watch on TSN3. The New Jersey Devils then roll into town Sunday evening for a 6:00 P.M. showdown. Friday’s game marks the start of a four-game homestand for the Jets.