The Jets are in Minnesota tonight to take on the Wild, a one-game road trip tucked in to their current five-games-out-of-six-at-home stretch.
The team has won two straight and was still atop the Central Division heading into Wednesday night's games with 56 points in 42 games. The Nashville Predators had 55 points in 44 games entering their game last night against the Blackhawks in Chicago.
Winnipeg will return to Bell MTS Place on Friday when they host the Detroit Red Wings before games against Anaheim on Sunday and the Vegas Golden Knights next Tuesday.
Mike McIntyre jumped into a Free Press car and hit the highway Wednesday morning — Mike could have flown to Europe cheaper than a return ticket to Minneapolis. What's with that?! — and will have a full game report.
In a column today, he suggests the Jets are not properly deploying backup goalie Laurent Brossoit.
The guy gets a 40-save shut out on Dec. 22 and his reward is going to be likely playing once in about a five-week span. Again, what's with that?!
— Sports editor Steve Lyons
- Backup and down: Jets riding No. 1 goalie while stats leader Brossoit rides bench
- From red-hot to ice-cold: Laine trying not to think about scoring drought
- Rare air: Jets prepare for Wild's suffocating style of play
- Smart moves: Summer coaching changes paying major dividends across NHL
- Blackhawks down: Forsberg leads Nashville past Chicago 4-3 to put the Predators back on top in the Central
What we're reading
- 31 Thoughts: Pettersson, McDavid could test year-end awards thinking (Elliotte Friedman)
- Masked men to the rescue: The Penguins were falling fast when they pulled the trigger on a few early season trades, but it turns out the answer to their problems came in the form of Pittsburgh's two goalies (The Hockey News)
- Bright spot: Why Andreas Athanasiou is an 'X-factor' for Red Wings (Detroit Free Press)
- Fittest 50: McDavid makes exclusive list (Sports Illustrated)
In case you missed it
- Puck Data: Scoring talent keeping Jets aloft despite defensive leaks, writes Andrew Berkshire
- Opposing view: Avs star Nathan MacKinnon likes look of deep Jets
News and numbers
- Period by Period: The Jets scored twice in the first period on Tuesday against Colorado, the first time in seven games they'd scored in the first period. The opening frame has been the least productive offensively for the Jets this season with 40 goals, compared to 43 goals in the second period and 57 goals in the third period
- Power play clicks: After going 1-for-15 (6.7%) on the power play in seven games from Dec. 18-Jan. 4, the Jets are 4-for-8 on the power play in their past two games. Winnipeg is 12-for-61 (19.7%) on the power play in road games this season and are 0-for-11 in their past five road games
- Handed the C: Manitoba's Brigette Lacquette has been named a 2019 CWHL All-Star Captain. In 2018, Lacquette was the first First Nations woman to play for Team Canada’s Olympic women’s hockey team and helped Canada win the silver medal in PyeongChang. Lacquette was voted captain for the 2019 CWHL all-star game on Jan. 20 after earning 50 per cent of the votes.
- From the lips of Laine: Jets winger chats about recent scoring slump
- From the podium: Head coach Paul Maurice addresses the media following practice on Wednesday
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