After landing in St. Petersburg on Wednesday for a two-game set with the Panthers and Lightning, the Jets picked up all four of the possible points in the form of two separate 4-3 wins, before packing their bags and heading north to Nashville and Dallas to complete the road trip.
Netminders Laurent Brossoit and Connor Hellebuyck each improved their records, the Jets’ depth provided offence, while Patrik Laine, Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler, Kyle Connor and Josh Morrissey put up single-game, multi-point efforts in the two-game showdown in the Sunshine Belt.
Winnipeg began its road trip with a Thursday evening showdown against the Panthers. After only producing one goal apiece through the first 40 minutes, the two teams combined for five goals in the third period, with the Jets getting the upper hand. Morrissey opened the scoring, while Scheifele, Nikolaj Ehlers and Adam Lowry added goals in the third period. Brossoit stopped 30 of 32 shots in the victory.
The Jets then faced the 2018-19 Presidents’ Trophy winner Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday afternoon, finishing off the Bolts, once again by a score of 4-3. Despite jumping out to an early lead, Winnipeg gave up two goals late, relying on some solid shutout defence to get the job done.
Hellebuyck made 27 stops on 30 Tampa Bay shots, while Connor, Ehlers, Mathieu Perreault and Jack Roslovic each found the back of the net for the visitors. Wheeler and Morrissey each contributed two assists, while Ehlers collected a power play marker for the Jets.
Winnipeg will now travel to the Central Division for games against the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. The Jets will then return home for one game against Columbus Saturday, before heading back on the road for three-straight in California. Puck drop in Nashville is set for 7:00 PM Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena. Both Tuesday’s and Thursday’s games can be viewed live on TSN3.