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It's now a given across the NHL that the MTS Centre is one of the loop's best venues for the overall game-day experience. But it's hardly translated into the Jets being absolutely dominant at home.

Some numbers, facts and stats to fuel the discussion:

Jets Scores

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HOME RECORDS, 2013

RANK TEAM W-L-OT

1. Los Angeles  19-4-1

2. Chicago  18-3-3

3. San Jose  17-2-5

4. Pittsburgh  18-6-0

5. Boston  16-5-3

21. WINNIPEG 13-10-1

 

HOME RECORDS, 2011-12

RANK  TEAM  W-L-OT

1. Detroit  31-7-3

2. St. Louis  30-6-5

3. Pittsburgh  29-10-2

4. Chicago  27-8-6

5. Vancouver  27-10-4

15. WINNIPEG  23-13-5

 

FIVE JUICY HOME NUMBERS

1. The Kings roll into Winnipeg having played the night before in Minnesota. Ditto Anaheim, who are here Sunday after playing in Minny Saturday night. In 2011-12 -- the last full NHL season -- the Jets were 9-2-1 at home when the visiting team had played the night before.

2. The Jets had the 26th-ranked power play at home last season with a 15.4 percentage. In their first year in Winnipeg their home power-play ranking was second-best overall to Nashville.

3. Over the last two years the best single month the Jets have had at home was in December of 2011 when they went 9-2-1. The Jets' home record by month, combined over the last two seasons: October: 2-2-0; November: 3-2-0; December: 9-2-1; January: 3-3-1; February: 6-6-2; March: 8-7-0; April: 5-1-2.

4. The Jets are 18-3-0 when leading after the first period over the last two years; 23-5-3 when ahead after 40 minutes.

5. Blake Wheeler leads all Jets in home scoring over the last two years with 22 goals and 44 assists, followed by Andrew Ladd (30G, 28A) and Evander Kane (25G, 26A)

 

OPENING ACTS

A look at past home openers for the Winnipeg Jets, both 1.0 and 2.0:

Jan. 19, 2013* - Ottawa 4 Winnipeg 1

Oct. 9, 2011 - Montreal 5 Winnipeg 1

 

Oct. 7, 1995 - Winnipeg 7 Dallas 5

Jan. 20, 1995* - Winnipeg 3 Calgary 3

Oct. 6, 1993 - Winnipeg 6 Washington 4

Oct. 6, 1992 - Winnipeg 4 Detroit 1

Oct. 4, 1991 - Los Angeles 6 Winnipeg 3

Oct. 4, 1990 - Winnipeg 7 Toronto 1

Oct. 6, 1989 - NY Rangers 4 Winnipeg 1

Oct. 14, 1988 - Winnipeg 4 Vancouver 3

Oct. 12, 1987 - Winnipeg 3 Calgary 2

Oct. 9, 1986 - Winnipeg 3 Buffalo 2

Oct. 13, 1985 - Quebec 5 Winnipeg 2

Oct. 14, 1984 - Winnipeg 5 Toronto 2

Oct. 5, 1983 - Winnipeg 6 Detroit 6

Oct. 6, 1982 - Minnesota 5 Winnipeg 4

Oct. 6, 1981 - Toronto 6 Winnipeg 1

Oct. 17, 1980 - Winnipeg 6 Chicago 2

Oct. 14, 1979 - Winnipeg 4 Colorado 2

*lockout season

 

ATLANTA THRASHERS HOME OPENERS

Oct. 8, 2010 - Atlanta 4 Washington 2

Oct. 3, 2009 - Atlanta 6 Tampa Bay 3

Oct. 8, 2008 - Atlanta 7 Washington 4

Oct. 5, 2007 - Washington 3 Atlanta 1

Oct. 5, 2006 - Tampa Bay 3 Atlanta 2 (SO)

Oct. 8, 2005 - Atlanta 8 Washington 1

Oct. 9, 2003 - Atlanta 2 Columbus 1

Oct. 12, 2002 - Florida 5 Atlanta 4 (OT)

Oct. 13, 2001 - Carolina 5 Atlanta 2

Oct. 7, 2000 - NY Rangers 2 Atlanta 1

Oct. 2, 1999 - New Jersey 4 Atlanta 1

 

-- compiled by Tait

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 4, 2013 C3

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