Jets begin long process of preparing for ‘sprint’ series against the Flames — Winnipeg Sun

Back in the spring of 2018, the Winnipeg Jets had exactly one day to prepare for their Western Conference final series against the Vegas Golden Knights after they knocked off the Nashville Predators in seven games. Read More

Jets begin long process of preparing for ‘sprint’ series against the Flames — Winnipeg Sun

Back in the spring of 2018, the Winnipeg Jets had exactly one day to prepare for their Western Conference final series against the Vegas Golden Knights after they knocked off the Nashville Predators in seven games.

Contrast that to this year, when Jets head coach Paul Maurice has about two months — including a two-week training camp — to game plan and prepare his team for a best-of-five summer series against the Calgary Flames.

“Never in the history of hockey have you pre-scouted a playoff game a month and a half in advance,” Maurice said Monday after the Jets returned to the ice for the first time since the COVID-19 shut down on March 12.

“There’s a great thing there but there’s a danger there too.”

“That is such a real question of philosophy. When you poll the other NHL coaches and ask ‘What’s your plan for that?’ the one thing we all kind of get to is the primary priority No. 1 is your own team and your own game.”

The Jets practised at the IcePlex on Monday as preparations for the NHL’s return to play began in earnest.

In 13 days they’ll head to Edmonton and go into the hub city bubble, before opening up against the Flames on Aug. 1 at Rogers Place.

It’s the first time the Jets and Flames will meet since the Heritage Classic outdoor game on Oct. 26 in Regina. At the time Bill Peters was still the Flames head coach, but he submitted his resignation amid racism and bullying allegations on Nov. 29 and Geoff Ward took over.

All that is going to make this hockey series in August even more bizarre.

“The really kind of neat story is that there probably isn’t another team in the NHL, that based on last season, we know less about,” Maurice said. “We had one game against them, so that would almost make them like an Eastern Conference opponent, and it was an outdoor game and they had a different coach.

“So both teams don’t have any memory of a style of game or what it might look like. It’s been at least a year and a half I guess before these two teams can remember the hockey. So this is going to be unusual for sure, but certainly exciting.”

The entire NHL went dark because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the playoffs were expanded to 24 teams for the return to play, so there’s very little that’s normal about the situation the players are currently in.

They’re undergoing regular testing for the coronavirus — a highly uncomfortable process they jokingly call the “brain tickler” — doing all their media availabilities over Zoom and skating on soft summer ice in a foggy arena.

Still, there’s one thing that’s the same as every year — they’re trying to come up with a way to beat Calgary and move on to challenge for the Stanley Cup.

“Besides everybody being cautious and wearing a mask, it’s not that different,” forward Nikolaj Ehlers said. “We’re not hugging each other or giving high fives and stuff like we usually do. But other than that we’re in our locker room, not sitting too close to each other but still talking, and making the most of this situation.

“Everybody is back for a reason. We love playing hockey and we’re back playing it.”

They’ll skate most days between now and July 26, when they are slated to leave for Edmonton. The idea is to hit the ground running when they get there.

They’ll play one exhibition game and then get right into the series, which will likely be quite a bit different from any they’ve played before.

“You can get into a seven-game series, and if you think the two teams are evenly matched you say ‘I think this is gonna be a grinder,’” Maurice said.

“I think you go back to the last seven-game series, the Nashville series, that we had, you almost could predict it, you could feel it. There were two points that separated the teams in the regular season, so it could go to seven.

“This one will be viewed far more as a sprint. As hard and as fast as you can go. Everybody will be talking about running four lines but that bench might get a little short, a little early. I would say I’m not sure because I’ve never been in a five-gamer in the NHL and we’ve had four months off before we play it. But I think there might be a mindset of ‘This is gonna be a sprint.’ So there’s no sense saving them for Game 6.”

Maurice trying to find way to push players but not push too hard in training camp

The first day of Winnipeg Jets return-to-play training camp was not exactly a high-intensity affair.

Coach Paul Maurice wanted to get a sense of how each player was feeling, knowing that some had ample access to ice during the pandemic shutdown, while others barely skated at all.

Maurice normally pushes his players hard in the first session of training camp, but this year there will be a delicate balance between getting everyone ready for a series against Calgary and overdoing it.

“That’s the challenge here, for sure,” Maurice said. “You don’t want to be crossing that line. The result of losing a player early right now (to injury) can be disastrous.

“But if you’re looking at a risk/reward, your team has to get pushed here. At some point here, we’re going to get to the right pace. Because you can say ‘Hey great, got through the first game and we didn’t have one injury.’ But if your team’s not ready, you’re only playing three games.”

Twyman@postmedia.com

An enigma to the end, Byfuglien will always be loved in Winnipeg — Winnipeg Sun

The rhythm was often off-beat. Read More

An enigma to the end, Byfuglien will always be loved in Winnipeg — Winnipeg Sun

The rhythm was often off-beat.

The marching was far from an organized stride.

Dustin Byfuglien did his own thing.

Always.

It was his beat. His march. It only needed to make sense to him.

And just as his career began in an eccentric way — getting a phone call about rookie camp in Chicago and then going AWOL until someone from the Blackhawks organization tracked him down to get him there — it ended on a similar note.

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone willing to walk away from $14 million. Even professional athletes, who’ve amassed vast amounts of wealth over their respective careers, often want to maximize those earnings before their body won’t allow them to any longer.

But one of hockey’s most entertaining and enigmatic figures seemingly didn’t care about all of that in the end.

Money, reputation, legacy — these things simply failed to compute in a logical way for a player shrouded in as much curiosity as Byfuglien is (or was, at this point).

Byfuglien did Byfuglien. 24/7. 365 days a year, and he didn’t let his guard down on a leap year, either.

That mystique is a big reason fans embraced him so dearly, and why we media types were always searching for more.

Surely, he knew that.

Fans learned much about the man in the way he carried himself on the ice. That’s how he communicated with them. He was merciless to his opponents — just ask Mark Stone or Roberto Luongo — and fiercely competitive.

But he was also a consummate teammate — just ask anyone not named Evander Kane. And it’s not just his most recent teammates that speak his praises, but also his former colleagues in Chicago.

The story about Byfuglien’s first rookie camp came from long-time Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith a few months ago. Keith’s memories of Byfuglien as a teammate were glowing.

On the homefront, he took Josh Morrissey under his wing.

Byfuglien was the family protector, a job he did admirably, and a job his teammates admired.

Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff spoke Friday of an emotional ending that began back in early September on the eve of training camp. The months-long saga came to an end 219 days later as the NHL, the NHLPA and the Jets announced the termination of Byfuglien’s contract.

That Byfuglien was emotional back then is certainly believable, and one wonders if the finality of today wouldn’t have elicited similar sentiments.

While there are parts of the game — the media, particularly — that Byfuglien never seemed to enjoy, he most certainly relished playing the game, playing in big games, and being a part of the team. And those around him enjoyed it, too. He had that infectious trait about him.

That seeped into the fan base here in Winnipeg. Supporters would have loved for Byfuglien to play forever. That just comes with the territory when you have a player as popular, and as effective, as the 35-year-old was for the Jets.

If Byfuglien’s career is truly over, he leaves the game having hoisted the game’s holy grail. He completed the goal most prominent among every player that’s stepped onto the ice in the National Hockey League.

He also wasn’t a flash in the pan. He played nearly 900 games. He played on the biggest stages the game can offer. He thrived in those moments, too, much to the chagrin of Vancouver Canucks fans, and others throughout his career.

Perhaps most importantly, he did so in front of a legion of fans he earned through playing the game the way he wanted to play.

And if there’s a lesson to take for any player, young, old, and in between, it’s just that: you can be yourself, and true to yourself, while at the same time being good at whatever it is you do in life.

Byfuglien went out on his own terms, and not everyone gets to say that.

And judging by the reaction to the comments from Cheveldayoff on Friday, it sounds like many, if not all, fans accept Byfuglien’s terms.

We don’t have the full story. We may never hear Byfuglien’s side in this whole ordeal.

But unless Cheveldayoff was fibbing, Byfuglien remained loyal to the Jets until his final day as a member of the organization. He didn’t want to be traded, even when asked multiple times. It appeared that it was Winnipeg or bust.

In the end, Byfuglien chose both.

While pain once again ripples through the city, this is the Byfuglien the fans know and love.

And love, they always will.

Jets players score in the clutch, donate $100K to Harvest — Winnipeg Sun

Winning on the ice may be on hold at the moment for the Winnipeg Jets, but that’s not stopping them from doing so off of it. Read More

Jets players score in the clutch, donate $100K to Harvest — Winnipeg Sun.

Winning on the ice may be on hold at the moment for the Winnipeg Jets, but that’s not stopping them from doing so off of it.

While the National Hockey League hit the pause button on the 2019-20 regular season last week thanks to the coronavirus, Jets players came together to deliver a big win for Winnipeg Harvest on Friday.

A donation of $100,000 was made to the food bank, which feeds roughly 70,000 Manitobans each month.

“We know times are difficult right now,” read a tweet that was sent out by Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and other players on Friday. “We know there are people in the community struggling. more…

Jets players score in the clutch, donate $100K to Harvest — Winnipeg Sun

FRIESEN: Jets finally end self-inflicted PR nightmare — Winnipeg Sun

It took three days, a torrent of public criticism on social media and a fundraising campaign by an embarrassed fan, but the Winnipeg Jets are finally doing the right thing. Perhaps being linked to Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk was what finally pushed the Jets to reach the land of common sense. On Thursday when the […]

FRIESEN: Jets finally end self-inflicted PR nightmare — Winnipeg Sun

Jets ownership doubles down on decision not to pay casual, part-time staffers — Winnipeg Sun

True North Sports + Entertainment is doubling down on its decision to shun its casual and part-time employees. Read More

Jets ownership doubles down on decision not to pay casual, part-time staffers — Winnipeg Sun

True North Sports + Entertainment is doubling down on its decision to shun its casual and part-time employees.

In a letter obtained by the Winnipeg Sun and sent to the company’s 1,050 casual and part-time staff on Saturday, TNSE reaffirmed its position on not paying its staff for the remaining four NHL games plus affected dates for the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose, as well as other events such as concerts that have been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The letter, signed by TNSE president and chief operating officer John Olfert, states that “for approximately 97% (of the 1,050 casual and part-time employees who worth at True North venues), income from True North is not their primary source of income.

“For this group, True North shared that the principle of paying employees when shifts are worked will remain,” the letter read.

The letter said for the other 3% of employees who count on the income for their livelihood, “other arrangements have and are being explored.”

The letter does not mention how TNSE arrived at the numbers it did.

It can be read in full here:

Jets ownership doubles down on decision not to pay casual, part-time staffers — Winnipeg Sun

JETS AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: Mitch Marner is averaging 1.24 points per game, 11th among NHLers who have played in at least 30 games.- Averaging 1.26 primary assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, tied for sixth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Tied for 13th in primary assists (18). His 18 primary assists are tied for the most among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 40 games.- Second in takeaways (50).- 13th among forwards in shifts per game (25.1).

WINNIPEG JETS (23-16-4 – 50 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (24-15-5 – 53 Points)

JANUARY 8, 2020 ▪ 7:30 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus WINNIPEG

ALL-TIME RECORD:34-19-1-8 (62 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:17-9-1-3 (30 Games)
2019-20:1-0-0
LAST FIVE:4-1-0
LAST 10:6-3-1

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus WINNIPEG

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (49), Tyson Barrie (28), John Tavares (27)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (15), John Tavares (9), William Nylander (5)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (36), John Tavares (21), Tyson Barrie (12)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (51), John Tavares (30), Tyson Barrie (14)
PENALTY MINUTES:John Tavares (23), Jason Spezza (20), Tyson Barrie (13)

MAPLE LEAFS – JETS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOWINNIPEG
GOALS FOR (Rank):158 (t-2nd)131 (18th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       139 (t-19th)130 (13th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):29/119 [24.4%] (t-5th)26/128 [20.3%] (13th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):97/128 [75.7%] (26th)78/108 [72.2%] (31st)
SHOTS (Rank):1472 (4th)1342 (19th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):2239 (3rd)1871 (21st)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.6% (5th)47.9% (24th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.6% (3rd)50.4% (t-12th)

MAPLE LEAFS – JETS NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:October 27, 1999 (Toronto 4, Atlanta 0)
ALL-TIME RECORD:34-19-1-8 (62 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:17-9-1-3 (30 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:17-10-0-5 (32 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT AT HOME:October 27, 2018 (Toronto 3, Winnipeg 2)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. JETS

Adam BrooksFirst NHL point (Assist) (January 2, 2020 at WPG)
Cody Ceci200th NHL game (March 30, 2016 (OTT) at WPG)
Michael HutchinsonFirst NHL game (April 7, 2014 (WPG) vs. MIN)
Appeared in 102 Games for WPG from 2014-18 with a record of 43-39-11
Mason MarchmentFirst NHL game (January 2, 2020 at WPG)
Martin Marincin100th NHL game (December 2, 2015 at WPG)
Jake Muzzin100th NHL assist (January 14, 2017 (LAK) vs. WPG)
William Nylander200th NHL point (Goal) (January 2, 2020 at WPG)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS29 (Matthews)
ASSISTS30 (Marner)
POINTS52 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS16 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs34 (Muzzin)
SHOTS161 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%57.9% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.4% (Matthews)
BLOCKED SHOTS71 (Ceci)
TAKEAWAYS50 (Marner)
HITS87 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:19 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:02 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME3:02 (Ceci)


MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 9-4-4 at home this season with a 3.11 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.
– Has made 11 career appearances against the Jets and is 9-0-1 with a 2.84 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.- Leads the NHL in wins (21).- Second in the NHL in saves (977) and second in even-strength saves (825).- Eighth in the NHL in shootout saves (11).
Tyson Barrie– Has four multi-assist games, which is tied for 11th-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for 10th among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (7)
– One of 19 NHL defencemen to have recorded at least 100 shots on goal (117).- Tied for 15th among NHL defencemen (1-10-11) in scoring since December 1. 
Cody Ceci– 12th among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (133:24).- Has played 62.0 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time, which is tied for the 12th-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.
Pierre Engvall– First among NHL rookies who have appeared in at least 20 games in goals per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (1.31).- Averages 4.4 shots on goal per 60 minutes of ice time while shorthanded.
Justin Holl– Has started 43.5 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest mark among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Has an unblocked shot attempt percentage of 52.4 percent at 5-on-5, which is the third-highest percentage among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Has a 5-on-5 on-ice goals-for percentage of 57.3 percent, which is the third-highest percentage among Maple Leafs defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.
Michael Hutchinson– Appeared in 102 games for the Jets from 2014-18, posting a 43-39-11 record with a 2.65 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.
Zach Hyman– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 53.4 percent, which is eighth among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 55.2 percent at 5-on-5, which is tied for seventh among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.
– Averaging 15:19 per game in 5-on-5 ice time, which ranks seventh among Maple Leafs.
Kasperi Kapanen– Tied for third among Maple Leafs in points (2-5-7; 6 GP) since the Christmas break.- Has scored 10 goals this season, which is tied for ninth most among NHLers with no power play goals.- Sixth among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (8-13-21).
Alex Kerfoot– Tied for seventh among Maple Leafs in even-strength goals (6). – Ninth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (6-8-14).- Only Toronto forward to have recorded at least 25 hits (34) and 25 blocked shots (26) this season.
Mitch Marner– Averaging 1.24 points per game, which is the 11th-highest average among NHLers who have played in at least 30 games.- Averaging 1.26 primary assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is tied for sixth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Tied for 13th in the NHL in primary assists (18). His 18 primary assists are tied for the most among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 40 games.- Second in the NHL in takeaways (50).- 13th among NHL forwards in shifts per game (25.1).
Auston Matthews– Second among NHL skaters in goals (29).- First NHLer to score 20 even-strength goals this season. Currently leads the League with 21 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (19).- Leads the NHL in multi-goal games (7).- Tied for 10th among NHL skaters in even-strength points (21-15-36).- Tied for fifth in the NHL with 161 shots on goal. 
William Nylander– Averages 1.22 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks second among Toronto skaters and is tied for 23rd among NHL skaters.- One of nine NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:30) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.2 (1.22).- Has eight points (5-3-8) in five career games against the Jets.  
Morgan Rielly– Tied for 15th among NHL defencemen in even-strength points
(3-15-18).- Tied for sixth among NHL defencemen in assists recorded at 5-on-5 (14).- Tied for 13th among NHL skaters in TOI per game (24:19).- Tied for 11th among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.3).- Averaging 13.9 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks ninth among NHL defencemen who have appeared in at least 30 games.
Jason Spezza– Has eight points (3-5-8) in 14 games against Western Conference opponents.- Averaging 2.39 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the third-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 10 games.- Averaging 1.39 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks third among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 10 games.
John Tavares– Tied for 17th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (12).- Tied for 24th among NHLers in even-strength goals (13). His 13 even-strength goals are tied for fourth among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 40 games.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.6 percent, which is 18th among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 17.61 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the third-highest average among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 9.16 shots on goal at 5-on-5 per 60 minutes of ice time, which is 10th among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Pierre EngvallHas goals (3) and points (3-1-4) in three consecutive games.
Justin HollHas assists (2) in two consecutive games.
Kasperi KapanenHas assists (4) and points (1-4-5) in three consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerHas assists (3) in two consecutive games and points (1-5-6) in five consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsHas goals (2) in two consecutive games and points (5-4-9) in five consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Alex KerfootFour games from 200 NHL games
Jason SpezzaThree games from 1,100 NHL games

RECENT MILESTONES

Adam BrooksFirst NHL point (Assist) (Jan. 2 at WPG)
Mason MarchmentFirst NHL game (Jan. 2 at WPG)
Mason MarchmentFirst NHL point (Jan. 6 vs. EDM)
William Nylander200th NHL point (Goal) (Jan. 2 at WPG)

INJURY REPORT

Andreas Johnsson (Leg)On injured reserve.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Trevor Moore (Concussion)On injured reserve.
Jake Muzzin (Foot)Is week-to-week with a broken foot sustained on December 27 at New Jersey.
 Man Games Lost: 100

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

January 4Loaned defenceman Teemu Kivihalme to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
January 1Recalled forward Mason Marchment from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
  
Information from Toronto Maple Leafs

JETS NOTES

The Winnipeg Jets make their lone trip to Scotiabank Arena this season tonight to face the Toronto Maple Leafs…The Jets are 1-0-1 during the trip after beating the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Monday night…Winnipeg finishes the trip tomorrow against the Boston Bruins in the Jets second game in as many nights. Last Game Jan. 6 at MTL – 3-2 W Jets Scorers: Morrissey (4), Ehlers (17), Copp (6) Canadiens Scorers: Chiarot (6, 7) Jets Goaltender: Connor Hellebuyck (29 sv, 2 ga) Canadiens Goaltender: Carey Price (24 sv, 3 ga) Jets PP: 0-for-1 Jets PK: 2-for-2 Recap: Nikolaj Ehlers (1G, 1A) and Blake Wheeler (2A) each had two points to lead the Jets to a 3-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night…Andrew Copp scored the game-winning goal for the Jets in the third period…Connor Hellebuyck stopped 29 shots to earn the victory. Three Stars: 1. Ehlers 2. Chiarot 3. Kovalchuk

Next Five Games On the Road

Winnipeg is 13-7-2 on the road this season…The Jets are 2-0-1 in their past three road games…Winnipeg’s 28 points earned in road games is tied for fifth in the NHL…The Jets are in a stretch of seven of 10 games on the road…Winnipeg hasn’t lost consecutive games in regulation on the road this season…Mark Scheifele leads the Jets in scoring on the road with 26 points (9G, 17A) in 22 games, while Nikolaj Ehlers has a team best 12 goals.

So Busy

The Jets play three games in four nights this week…It’s the first of two times they play three games in four nights before the allstar/player break later this month…The Jets play 11 games in 21 days from Jan. 2-22 leading up to the eight-day all-star/player break. Back to Narrow Margins Monday’s win was Winnipeg’s 13th victory by one goal this season, which ranks third in the NHL…Winnipeg’s previous four wins were by three goals or more.

Back-2-Back The Jets have 10 back-to-back sets this season, the fifth of which is this week…The Jets are 3-1-0 in the first and 2-2-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season…Three of the five wins have come in overtime or a shootout…Winnipeg went 6-3-0 in the first game and 5-4-0 in the second game of back-to-backs last season.

Second Star

The NHL announced on Monday that Jets forward Mark Scheifele is the Second Star of the Week for the week ending Jan. 5/20…Scheifele opened the week with a four-point (1G, 3A) effort in Winnipeg’s 7-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday…On Thursday, the Jets assistant captain scored and added an assist in the Jets’ 6-3 setback to the Toronto Maple Leafs… Saturday, Scheifele recorded two points (1G, 1A) in Winnipeg’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild…The Kitchener, Ont. native shared the NHL lead with eight points (3G, 5A) this week.


Date Time (Local) Opponent Venue TV Radio
Jan. 9 7:00 p.m. At Boston TD Garden TSN3 TSN 1290
Jan. 12 1:00 p.m. Nashville Bell MTS Place TSN3 TSN 1290
Jan. 14 7:00 p.m. Vancouver Bell MTS Place TSN3 TSN 1290
Jan. 16 7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Bell MTS Place TSN3 TSN 1290
Jan. 19 6:00 p.m. At Chicago United Center Sportsnet TSN 1290



Multi-Point Record

Blake Wheeler tallied two assists on Monday for his 156
th multi-point game with the Jets franchise, which moves him past Ilya Kovalchuk for the franchise record…Wheeler has 13 multi-point games this season, which has him tied for the team lead with Mark Scheifele…Wheeler has seven multi-point games in his past 13 games.

Winner, Winner

Andrew Copp scored his second game winning goal of the season on Monday, which matches the career high two game-winning goals he had last season…He’s the fourth member of the Jets to score multiple game-winning goals this season…Winnipeg’s past four game-winning goals have been scored by different players.

Information provided by the Winnipeg Jets

Andersen comes up big in victory as Leafs defence falters against Jets — Toronto Sun

WINNIPEG — Don’t ever doubt that Frederik Andersen isn’t deserving of his spot in the National Hockey League all-star game this month. Read More

Andersen comes up big in victory as Leafs defence falters against Jets — Toronto Sun

LEAFS 6, JETS 3 — WHAT THE MAPLE LEAFS SAID: “(William Nylander is) finding open spots; the puck is coming to him and he’s not missing. So that’s big for our team, it helps us a lot. He’s a big part of this team. So it’s good for everyone.” — MITCH MARNER

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On the team bending but not breaking:

Yeah, I think that’s part of it. Obviously, it wasn’t a good second period at all. The back half of the first period wasn’t very good either. We were very opportunistic here. It started with a great start. We get up 2-0 — it could have been four or five there with a little more luck around the net — but they had their push. We didn’t seem to have very good legs in that second period at all, but we took advantage of the chances when we got there to give ourselves a lead and then our third period was our best period. We had to take care of that lead and I thought did a really good job.

On Nylander’s recent play:

He just looks really confident and he’s feeling it. His linemates have been good around him and he’s been making plays to them and they’ve been making plays to him. He’s putting himself in good spots. He’s feeling it and he’s making good on his chances. It’s been fun to watch him here.

On if he’s ever seen Nylander lack confidence:

No, not in himself, but it’s one thing to have confidence in yourself off the ice and you’re feeling good off the ice. Then the game starts and it’s just not really happening for you, you’re not really overly involved in the game and that in itself can make you lose confidence. He just hasn’t had any lulls in his game. That’s been the nicest thing to see is he’s just been on it every shift and it’s not just the offensive pieces, it’s winning puck battles and coming up with loose pucks all over the ice and keeping himself on offence and putting his linemates in good spots. Obviously, the chemistry with John has been very good there with him as well and Kerfoot also has played outstanding too.

On what about the team allows them to rally when things look like they’re turning for the opposition:

I don’t know what to say about it. It was a game — like I said, it looked like we just didn’t have any legs. Like maybe New Year’s got the best of us. Then we got a push. I thought Travis Dermott made a game changing play for us coming through the neutral zone. That got us going again and we got out of that second period. We just talked to our guys after the second saying we’re in a really good spot here, let’s clean ourselves off and go out here and take care of this third period and I thought we did that. All four lines and all six D contributed, Freddie was solid in net in that third and we get out of here with another two points.

FREDERIK ANDERSEN (45 SHOTS)

On the team getting off to a good start tonight:

I thought we were better in the third, actually. I thought we really pulled together there and made it hard on them. Especially because they were obviously trying to come back in the game with them being down. So, I thought we did a really good job in the third. Again, we were really sharp early on and obviously made really good defensive plays. Obviously, it was a lot of shots but not a lot of danger, I think.

On his teammates helping him see most of Winnipeg’s shots on goal:

They’re one of those teams that likes to get a lot of shots on net and see what happens on the rebounds, but I thought we did a good job today.

MITCH MARNER (1 GOAL)

On what changed from the second to third period in tonight’s game:

I thought we were giving them too much time and space — especially their big guys — giving them too much time and space through the neutral zone, making plays. When our game is going well, we’re limiting those chances through odd-man rushes, we’re getting back, we’re helping out our D. I think we did that better in the second half. We got results from it. In the third, I think our thirds have been pretty good here in these recent games. I think we’re not sitting back; we just keep the pedal down. We keep pushing it’s something we’ve got to keep doing.

On Nylander’s recent play:

He’s finding open spots; the puck is coming to him and he’s not missing. So that’s big for our team, it helps us a lot. He’s a big part of this team. So it’s good for everyone.

WILLIAM NYLANDER (2 GOALS, 1 ASSIST; 200th NHL POINT)

On his two goals tonight:

Yeah, I mean, the first one was a great play by [Brooks] forechecking the goalie. I just turned around and threw it at the net. I was a little blessed that it went in. The second was just a great pass from [Kerfoot] backdoor. I just had to put it in.

On his ability to find open space as the keys to his two goals:

Yeah, of course. The first was kind of off the forecheck. With the other one, [Kerfoot] could have maybe shot too or passed it. I was just trying to be an option for him there.

JOHN TAVARES (1 ASSIST)

On what he has seen from Nylander:

I think he’s just doing a good job in all three zones and then making really good plays with the puck, obviously. I think he’s very underrated with how strong he is on the puck. He does a really good job on the boards and down low in the offensive zone, creating space and finding his line mates and the open man. And then I think he’s just doing a really good job getting through the middle the ice, having good timing to be open around the net and finishing plays off in the middle of the ice and being in and around the net. Doing a really good job at finding ways to score, not just always when you’ve got open looks, but when you’ve got to find second and thirds or ugly ones around there.

On Andersen’s play tonight:

They put a lot of pucks at the net. I think we had a really good first period and then obviously a really slow start to the second and Freddie really kept it tight. Obviously, we gave up a couple of goals, they got one of them off the power play, but we were then able to recapture the lead and do a lot of good things and really possess the puck really well, I thought. At the start of the third, Freddie made some big saves. We probably gave up a little bit too much that we would have liked in the first few minutes. Everyone stuck with it and then cleaned it up and controlled the play a lot in their half of the ice, which, especially with the lead, you want to do. But, no question, he’s been our backbone here.

MAPLE LEAFS 6, JETS 3 POSTGAME NOTES: William Nylander has goals (6) in five consecutive games, assists (5) in four consecutive games and points (6-5-11) in five consecutive games. Nylander is the first Maple Leaf to have a goal streak of at least five games since Auston Matthews (6 Games, 10 G; Oct. 3 – 13, 2018). Tonight’s game is Nylander’s fourth multi-goal and ninth multi-point performance of the season. The Maple Leafs are 7-1-2 when Nylander records multiple points.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (23-14-5 – 51 Points) vs

WINNIPEG JETS (22-16-3 – 47 Points)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2020

 123OTFINAL
TORONTO2316
WINNIPEG0303

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • William Nylander put the Maple Leafs on the board at 3:24 of the first period and later collected the secondary assist on Travis Dermott’s second period goal before scoring the sixth Toronto goal of the night at 8:45 of the third period. Nylander has goals (6) in five consecutive games, assists (5) in four consecutive games and points (6-5-11) in five consecutive games. Nylander is the first Maple Leaf to have a goal streak of at least five games since Auston Matthews (6 Games, 10 G; Oct. 3 – 13, 2018). Tonight’s game is Nylander’s fourth multi-goal and ninth multi-point performance of the season. The Maple Leafs are 7-1-2 when Nylander records multiple points.
  • Kasperi Kapanen scored the second Toronto goal of the night at 9:00 of the first period and later recorded the primary assist on Pierre Engvall’s second period goal. Tonight’s game is Kapanen’s fifth multi-point game of the season. He has four points (2-2-4) over his last four games. He has recorded 18 (8 goals, 10 assists) of his 23 points on the road this season.
  • Travis Dermott scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the game at 9:02 of the second period. Dermott has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. He has registered seven (3-4-7) of his eight points on the road this season.
  • Pierre Engvall scored the fourth Toronto goal of the night at 9:37 of the second period. Engvall has three goals over his last five games played. He has recorded six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 10 games against Western Conference opposition this season. He has three points (1-2-3) in five games against Central Division teams in 2019-20.
  • Mitch Marner scored the fifth Maple Leafs goal of the game on the power play at 16:52 of the second period. Marner has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games. He has registered 20 points (7 goals, 13 assists) over his last 13 games. He has seven career points (2-5-7) in six career games against Winnipeg and has recorded five points (2-3-5) in four career games on the road at Winnipeg.
  • Adam Brooks registered the lone assist on Nylander’s first period goal. Brooks’ assist is his first career NHL point. He registered 16 points (8 goals, 8 assists) in 20 games with the Toronto Marlies (AHL) prior to his recall on December 27.
  • Alex Kerfoot recorded the primary assist on Dermott’s second period goal and later recorded the primary assist on Nylander’s third period goal. Kerfoot has points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is Kerfoot’s second multi-assist and fourth multi-point game of 2019-20. He has registered four points (1-3-4) over his last five games. The Maple Leafs are 9-2-1 when Kerfoot records at least one point.
  • Jason Spezza collected the secondary assist on Engvall’s second period goal. Spezza has four points (1-3-4) over his last five games played. He has registered 12 (4-8-12) of his 16 points in 19 games played on the road.
  • Tyson Barrie registered the primary assist on Marner’s second period goal. Barrie has assists (6) and points (1-6-7) in five consecutive games. Barrie has recorded 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists) in 14 games played since December 1. Toronto is 10-3-3 when Barrie registers a point.
  • Auston Matthews had the secondary assist on Marner’s second period goal. Matthews has assists (3) and points (3-3-6) in three consecutive games. He has recorded 15 points (8 goals, 7 assists) over his last 10 games. He leads the Maple Leafs with 15 power play points (7-8-15).
  • John Tavares picked up the secondary assist on Nylander’s third period goal. Tavares has assists (8) and points (3-8-11) in six consecutive games. In 15 games against Western Conference opponents in 2019-20, he has 13 points (7 goals, 6 assists). He has recorded 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists) in 14 career games on the road at Winnipeg. 
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 45 shots to earn his League-leading 21st win of 2019-20. His 45 saves and 48 shots faced establish new season-highs.

SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO8 (7)9 (5)11 (11)28 (23)
WINNIPEG14 (11)23 (16)11 (9)48 (36)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO20 (19)13 (7)21 (20)54 (46)
WINNIPEG22 (18)31 (24)19 (15)72 (57)

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Record on the Road13-10-0 (23 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Winnipeg34-19-1-8 (62 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Winnipeg on the Road17-10-0-5 (32 Games)
Record vs. Western Conference11-5-0 (16 Games)
Record vs. Central Division5-3-0 (8 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots4 (Matthews)
Shot Attempts(Tavares)
Faceoff Wins(Spezza)
Faceoff Win Percentage100% (Engvall – 1 won, 0 lost)
Hits3 (Rielly)
Blocked Shots(Holl, Marincin)
Takeaways(Hyman)
TOI23:39 (Rielly)
Power Play TOI2:42 (Marner, Matthews, Tavares)
Shorthanded TOI2:23 (Marincin)
Shifts26 (Rielly)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage73.9% (Dermott – 17 for, 11 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Scoring first15-3-1
Lead after 112-2-1
Lead after 216-1-2
Score one power play goal9-3-3
Allow one power play goal11-6-3
Outshot by opponent11-9-3
Thursday3-2-0

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 1-for-2 on the penalty kill and 1-for-4 on the power play tonight.
  • Toronto allowed 48 shots on goal, which is the most shots against the club has faced in 2019-20.
  • The Maple Leafs’ line of Adam Brooks, Frederik Gauthier and Mason Marchment started 20 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which was the lowest mark among Toronto skaters.
  • Cody Ceci was on the ice for a team-high 25 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Ceci finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 67.6 percent (25 for, 12 against).
  • Mason Marchment played in his first career NHL game.
  • Jason Spezza went 5-for-5 (100%) in the faceoff circle when matched up with Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler.
  • John Tavares won 80 percent (4 won, 1 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Saturday, January 4, 7:00 p.m. vs. New York Islanders (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
  • Monday, January 6, 7:00 p.m. vs. Edmonton Oilers (TSN4, TSN 1050)
  • Wednesday, January 8, 7:30 p.m. vs. Winnipeg Jets (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
  • Sunday, January 12, 7:00 p.m. at Florida Panthers (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
  • Tuesday, January 14, 7:00 p.m. vs. New Jersey Devils (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)

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MAPLE LEAFS AT JETS PREGAME NOTES: Auston Matthews is second in the NHL in goals (27).- Leads NHL in even-strength goals (20).- Leads NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (18).- 11th in even-strength points (20-14-34).- Tied for ninth in the NHL with 148 shots on goal.- Scored 11 goals during December, tied for the NHL lead in the month.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (22-14-5 – 49 Points) vs.
WINNIPEG JETS (22-15-3 – 47 Points)
JANUARY 2, 2020 ▪ 8:00 PM EST
BELL MTS PLACE (WINNIPEG, MB) ▪
TV: TSN4 ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN
 
MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus WINNIPEG
  ALL-TIME TIME RECORD: 33-19-1-8 (61 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:16-10-0-5 (31 Games)
2018-19:2-0-0
LAST FIVE:4-1-0
LAST 10:5-4-1

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus WINNIPEG

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (48), Tyson Barrie (27), John Tavares (26)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (15), John Tavares (9), William Nylander (3)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (35), John Tavares (20), Tyson Barrie (11)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (50), John Tavares (29), Tyson Barrie (13)
PENALTY MINUTES:John Tavares (23), Jason Spezza (18), Jake Muzzin (12)

MAPLE LEAFS – JETS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOWINNIPEG
GOALS FOR (Rank):145 (1st)123 (t-16th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       130 (t-20th)119 (12th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):27/112 [24.1%] (5th)23/120 [19.2%] (15th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):91/120 [75.8%] (26th)70/98 [71.4%] (31st)
SHOTS (Rank):1385 (4th)1246 (t-21st)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):2102 (2nd)1739 (19th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):53.0% (4th)48.1% (24th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.5% (3rd)50.4% (t-12th)

MAPLE LEAFS – JETS NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:October 27, 1999 (Toronto 4, Atlanta 0)
ALL-TIME RECORD:33-19-1-8 (61 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:17-9-1-3 (30 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:16-10-0-5 (31 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT AT HOME:October 24, 2018 (Toronto 4, Winnipeg 2)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. JETS

Cody Ceci200th NHL game (March 30, 2016 (OTT) at WPG)
Michael HutchinsonFirst NHL game (April 7, 2014 (WPG) vs. MIN)
Appeared in 102 Games for WPG from 2014-18 with a record of 43-39-11.
Martin Marincin100th NHL game (Dec. 2, 2015 at WPG)
Jake Muzzin100th NHL assist (Jan. 14, 2017 (LAK) vs. WPG)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS27 (Matthews)
ASSISTS27 (Marner)
POINTS48 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS14 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs34 (Muzzin)
SHOTS148 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%58.3% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.9% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS69 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS46 (Marner)
HITS87 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:22 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:06 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME3:04 (Ceci)


MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 11-4-0 on the road this season with a 2.28 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage.
– Has made 10 career appearances against the Jets and is 8-0-1 with a 2.83 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage.- Leads the NHL lead in wins (20).- Second in the NHL in saves (916) and second in even-strength saves (771).- Fifth in the NHL in shootout saves (11).
Tyson Barrie– Had nine points (1 goal, 8 assists) in 13 games during the month of December, which was tied for the 13th-highest point total among NHL defencemen in December.- Averaging 14.5 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time, which is the seventh-highest average among NHL defencemen who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 7.6 shots on goal per 60 minutes of ice time, which is tied for the fifth-highest average among NHL defencemen who have appeared in 30 games.
– Has an on-ice shot attempt differential of plus-135, which is 13th among NHL defencemen.
Cody Ceci– 11th among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (125:26).- Has played 62.3 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time, which is the 11th-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.
Justin Holl– Has started 45.4 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest mark among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games.- Has an unblocked shot attempt percentage of 54.1 percent at 5-on-5, which is the highest percentage among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games.- Has a 5-on-5 on-ice goals-for percentage of 54.7 percent, which is the highest percentage among Maple Leafs defencemen.
Michael Hutchinson– Appeared in 102 games for the Jets from 2014-18, posting a 43-39-11 record with a 2.65 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.- Second among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in 10 or fewer games in saves (250).
Zach Hyman– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.3 percent, which is tied for sixth among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.
– Averaging 15:44 per game in even-strength ice time, which ranks seventh among Maple Leafs.  – Has played 50.4 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time since returning to the lineup on November 13, which is tied for 17th among NHL forwards who have played 20 games and first among Maple Leafs forwards in that span.
Kasperi Kapanen– Has scored nine goals this season, which is tied for 11th most among NHLers with no power play goals.- Eighth among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (7-9-16).- Has recorded 16 (7 goals, 9 assists) of his 21 points in 22 road games this season.  
Alex Kerfoot– Recorded his 100th NHL point with a goal on December 31 at Minnesota.- Tied for sixth among Maple Leafs in even-strength goals (6). – One of two Toronto forwards to have recorded at least 20 hits (29) and 20 blocked shots (25) this season.
Mitch Marner– Averaging 1.26 primary assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is tied for ninth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Tied for 14th in the NHL in primary assists (16). His 16 primary assists are the most among NHLers who have appeared in 30 or fewer games.- Recorded 19 points (6 goals, 13 assists) in 12 games during the month of December, which was the fourth-highest point total in the NHL. – Tied for 12th among NHL forwards in shifts per game (25.2).
Auston Matthews– Second among NHL skaters in goals (27).- Leads NHL skaters in even-strength goals (20).- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (18).- 11th among NHL skaters in even-strength points (20-14-34).- Tied for ninth in the NHL with 148 shots on goal.- Scored 11 goals during the month of December, which was tied for the NHL lead in goals in December. 
William Nylander– Established a new career-long goal streak (4 G; 4 GP) with his goal on December 31 at Minnesota (Previous: Mar. 20 to 23, 2017 (3G; 3GP)).- Averages 1.11 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks second among Toronto skaters.- One of 22 NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:28) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least one (1.11).- Has recorded seven points (4-3-7) in seven games against Central Division opposition. 
Morgan Rielly– Tied for 11th among NHL defencemen in even-strength points
(3-15-18).- Tied for fourth among NHL defencemen in assists recorded at 5-on-5 (14).- 13th among NHL skaters in TOI per game (24:22).- Tied for seventh among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.6).- Averaging 14.3 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks eighth among NHL defencemen who have appeared in at least 30 games.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.26 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the fourth-highest average among Toronto skaters.- Averaging 1.13 primary assists per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time in 2019-20, which ranks second on the Maple Leafs and is the 18th-highest average among NHLers who have appeared in at least 25 games.
John Tavares– Named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for the week ending Dec. 29 after recording seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in three games, including a pair of three-point performances.- Averaging 17.6 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the third-highest average among NHL centres who have appeared in 20 games.- Averaging 9.3 shots on goal at 5-on-5 per 60 minutes of ice time, which is tied for seventh among NHL centres who have appeared in 20 games.- Has recorded 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists) in 13 career games on the road at Winnipeg. 

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Tyson BarrieHas assists (5) and points (1-5-6) in four consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerHas assists (2) in two consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsHas goals (3), assists (2) and points (3-2-5) in two consecutive games.
William NylanderHas assists (4) in three consecutive games and goals (4) and points (4-4-8) in three consecutive games.
John TavaresHas assists (7) and points (3-7-10) in five consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

William NylanderThree points from 200 NHL points

RECENT MILESTONES

Frederik Andersen20,000 career minutes (December 28 vs NYR)
Adam BrooksFirst NHL game (December 28 vs. NYR)
Alex Kerfoot100th career NHL point (December 31 at MIN)

INJURY REPORT

Andreas Johnsson (Leg)On injured reserve.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Trevor Moore (Concussion)On injured reserve.
Jake Muzzin (Foot)Is week-to-week with a broken foot sustained on December 27 at New Jersey.
 Man Games Lost: 87

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

January 1Recalled forward Mason Marchment from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
December 30Loaned defenceman Timothy Liljegren to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
December 30Recalled defencemen Teemu Kivihalme and Timothy Liljegren from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
December 29Loaned forward Kenny Agostino and defenceman Timothy Liljegren to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
December 28Recalled forward Kenny Agostino and defenceman Timothy Liljegren from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Placed forwards Ilya Mikheyev and Trevor Moore on injured reserve.
December 27Recalled forward Adam Brooks and defenceman Martin Marincin from the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
  

JETS NOTES

The Winnipeg Jets begin 2020 by hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bell MTS Place tonight…The Jets beat the Colorado Avalanche 7-4 on New Year’s Eve to pick up their first win since the Christmas break…After tonight’s game, the Jets head out on a four-game road trip, which begins Saturday afternoon against the Minnesota Wild.

Last Game Dec. 31 at COL – 7-4 W Jets Scorers: Wheeler (12, 13), Scheifele (18), Connor (18, 19, 20), Ehlers (16) Avalanche Scorers: Mackinnon (23, 24), Landeskog (10), Kadri (13)

Jets Goaltender: Connor Hellebuyck (39 sv, 4 ga) Avalanche Goaltender: Philipp Grubauer (19 sv, 5 ga)

Jets PP: 1-for-1 Jets PK: 2-for-4

Recap: Kyle Connor tallied a hat trick, while Mark Scheifele had a goal and three assists to lead the Jets to a 7-4 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night…Blake Wheeler also scored twice for the Jets, while Nikolaj Ehlers sealed the win with an empty net goal in the final seconds…Connor led the Jets with eight shots, which accounted for 30.8% of Winnipeg’s shots in the game…Connor Hellebuyck made 39 saves for the win.

Three Stars: 1. Connor 2. MacKinnon 3. Hellebuyck

Halfway Point: Tonight marks the halfway point of Winnipeg’s 2019-20 campaign…At 22-15-3, the Jets have reached 22 wins by the midway point of the season for the third consecutive season…Since relocation in 2011 and excluding the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, the Jets have posted a .500 or better points percentage in first half of each season and have a combined record of 167-125-35…Last season, Winnipeg set a franchise record with 26 wins in the first half of the season.

Recapping December The Jets went 6-5-1 in December to finish with 14 points, which was tied for the 17th in the NHL…Winnipeg scored 48 goals in the month, which was fifth in the league, and its power play was sixth at 25.6%…The Jets penalty kill was tied for last in the NHL in December at 63.8%… It’s the worst month for the Jets penalty kill since going 63.6% in January 2013, but that was during only seven games during the lockout-shortened season…Mark Scheifele finished third in NHL scoring in December with 20 points (9G, 11A) in 13 games…He had a point in 11 of the 13 games and posted six multi-point games…Kyle Connor was tied for eighth in league scoring last month with 17 points (10G, 7A)…Connor’s 10 goals were tied for third.

Fresh Start at Home The Jets enter 2020 having lost four consecutive home games (0-3-1)…Winnipeg is 10-8-2 at home this season, which includes a fivegame winning streak from Nov. 23-Dec. 15…After playing seven of their first 10 games on the road to start the second half of the season, the Jets have a stretch of nine of 10 games at home from Jan. 31-Feb. 16.

Can Con The Jets are 3-1-0 against their Canadian counterparts in the NHL this season…The Jets play three of their next four games against Canadian opponents.

KC Hatty Kyle Connor scored Winnipeg’s first hat trick of the season on Tuesday against Colorado…It was his second career hat trick (Mar. 23/19 vs. NSH 5-0 W)…Connor’s third goal was his 20 th of the season, which leads the Jets…After scoring 31 and 34 goals in his past two seasons, Connor is on pace to reach 40 goals for the first time in his career.

900 GP Captain Blake Wheeler played in his 900th
career game on Tuesday…He’s played 679 games with the Jets franchise after starting his career by playing 221 games with the Boston Bruins…Wheeler is just the fourth player from the 2005 NHL Draft to reach 900 games played, joining Alexander Ovechkin (1,125), Travis Zajac (961), and former teammate Andrew Ladd (947).

Jets vs. Maple Leafs Overall: 27-27-7 Home: 15-14-2 Away: 12-13-5 At Bell MTS Place: 7-3-0

Jets vs. Maples Leafs Notes The Jets have earned points in 11 of their past 14 games against the Maple Leafs (9-3-2), but were swept in the season series last
season.
The Jets are 11-5-3 against the Maple Leafs since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg for the 2011-12 season.
Winnipeg has scored a power play goal in three consecutive games against Toronto (3-for-8, 37.5%).
The Jets went a perfect four-for-four on the penalty kill against the Maple Leafs last season.
The Jets have been held to three goals or less in each of their past four games against the Maple Leafs.
Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in career scoring against Toronto with 29 points (12G, 17A) in 36 games.
Ontario-born Mark Scheifele has 16 points (9G, 7A) in 12 career games against the Maple Leafs.
Patrik Laine has five goals and six points in six career games against Toronto.

Career Scoring vs. Maple Leafs
Player GP G A Pts PPG
Blake Wheeler 36 12 17 29 0.81
Bryan Little 30 10 17 27 0.90
Mark Scheifele 12 9 7 16 1.33