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NHL Preview: Vegas Golden Knights (4-0-0) at Winnipeg Jets (1-2-0)


Oct. 19 at Winnipeg Jets 5 p.m. Scripps Sports Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM None
Oct. 21 at Chicago Blackhawks 5 p.m. Scripps Sports Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM None
Oct. 24 vs. Philadelphia Flyers 8 p.m. ESPN/ESPN+ Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes Vegas 1460 AM
Oct. 27 vs. Chicago Blackhawks 3 p.m. Scripps Sports Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM Deportes Vegas 1460 AM
Oct. 28 at Los Angeles Kings 7:30 p.m. Scripps Sports Fox Sports 98.9 FM/1340 AM None

The Vegas Golden Knights (4-0-0) defeated the Dallas Stars (1-0-1) to tie their best start in franchise history with a 3-2 shootout win on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena. After a scoreless first period, the Stars opened the scoring with a goal from Craig Smith, but Golden Knights defenseman Kaedan Korczak tied the game eight minutes later with his first NHL goal. Early in the third, Dallas responded to inch ahead with a goal from Joe Pavelski but William Karlsson deflected a Korczak shot to tie the game with three minutes remaining in regulation to force overtime. The extra frame passed without a score to send the teams into a shootout. Shea Theodore and Matt Duchene traded goals in the second round before Jonathan Marchessault’s game-winning shootout tally brought home the win for the Golden Knights.

The Vegas Golden Knights will face the Winnipeg Jets for the first time since defeating the Jets, 4-1, in the opening round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In the postseason, it was the second time in franchise history the Golden Knights and Jets met in the playoffs and first since Vegas defeated Winnipeg in the Western Conference Final in 2018. After dropping Game 1, 5-1, the Golden Knights bounced back with four-straight wins including a thrilling 5-4 double overtime victory on the road with Michael Amadio’s game-winning goal in Game 3 and an explosive 4-1 win in Game 5 to eliminate the Jets from the playoffs. Chandler Stephenson shined for the Golden Knights, leading the club with four goals and four assists for eight points to help knock out the Jets. In the regular season, Vegas kept Winnipeg out of the win column as the Golden Knights swept the Jets, 3-0-0.

0-0-0 (Home: 0-0-0, Road 0-0-0) 3-0-0 (Home: 2-0-0, Road: 1-0-0)
Oct. 19 – Canada Life Centre Oct. 20 – T-Mobile Arena Vegas 5, Winnipeg 2
Nov. 2 – T-Mobile Arena Oct. 30 – Canada Life Centre Vegas 2, Winnipeg 1 OT
Mar. 28 – Canada Life Centre Dec. 13 – T-Mobile Arena Vegas 6, Winnipeg 5

At 4-0-0, Vegas matched the best start in team history with their win Tuesday (tying the 2020-21 Golden Knights). Vegas is the 10th reigning Stanley Cup champion in NHL history to record a season-opening winning streak of four or more games and the first since the Red Wings in 1997-98 (4 GP). With a win tonight in Winnipeg, Vegas could become the third defending Stanley Cup team to start the season 5-0-0 in NHL history and the first since Wayne Gretzky’s 1985-86 Oilers.

Longest Season-Opening Winning Streaks as Reigning Stanley Cup Champions
5 – Edmonton Oilers (1985-86)
5 – Ottawa Senators (1920-21)
4 – Vegas Golden Knights (2023-24)

The Golden Knights completed their first comeback of the season on Tuesday after overcoming a 2-1 defIcit to force Dallas into overtime and defeat the Stars in a shootout. Vegas led the NHL in third period comeback wins in 2022-23 with 11 – the next closest two teams were Vancouver and Carolina (both with 10).

The Golden Knights have served 61 penalty minutes in their first four games of the 2023-24 season, including four five-minute fighting majors. Last season, Vegas finished with the least amount of penalty minutes with 566 and the least penalties per 60 minutes, 3.19 (tied SJS) and did not reach 60 PIMs until their 12th game of the season. Vegas had 13 skaters with less than 20 PIM and none past the 70-minute mark.

The Golden Knights have won four-straight games and scored three or more goals in each to start the 2023-24 season. Tuesday’s win over Dallas marks the team’s 25th straight game scoring three or more goals including the 2023 postseason. The last time Vegas scored three goals and lost was March 30, 2023 against San Jose.

Scene Setter
The Winnipeg Jets finish a three-game homestand on Thursday night when they face the defending Stanley Cup Champion Vegas Golden Knights… The Jets are 1-1-0 on the homestand so far after a 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night. After Thursday’s game, the Jets visit the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night before returning to Winnipeg to host the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

Tale of the Tape
3 GP 4
1 W 4
2 L 0
0 OT 0
2 PTS 8
10 GF 15
14 GA 5
14.3% PP 13.3%
80.0% PK 100.0%

Next Five Games
Date Opp TV Radio
Oct. 21 At EDM SN 680 CJOB/Power 97
Oct. 24 STL TSN 680 CJOB/Power 97
Oct. 26 At DET TSN 680 CJOB/Power 97
Oct. 28 At MTL SN 680 CJOB/Power 97
Oct. 30 NYR SN 680 CJOB/Power 97

Recent Five Games
Date Opp SC Res Streak
Oct. 2 At CGY 5-4 L 3L
Oct. 5 OTT 3-0 L 4L
Oct. 11 At CGY 5-3 L 1L
Oct. 14 FLA 6-4 W 1W
Oct. 17 LAK 5-1 L 1L

Upcoming Schedule
Thursday, Oct. 19
Morning Skate 10:30 a.m.
Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 20
Practice – Canada Life Centre 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 21
Morning Skate 11:30 a.m.
Jets at Edmonton Oilers 8:00 a.m.
All Times Local

Last Game
Los Angeles Kings 5
Winnipeg Jets 1
Jets Scorer: Scheifele (3)
Kings Scorers: Dubois (1), Moore (2, 3) Kaliyev (1), Moore (3)
Jets Goaltender: Connor Hellebuyck (24 sv, 5 ga)
Kings Goaltender: Cam Talbot (26 sv, 1 ga)
Jets PP: 0-for-4
Jets PK: 4-for-5
Recap: After a scoreless first period, the Jets surrendered two goals in the second period and three goals in the third period in a 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night… Mark Scheifele scored Winnipeg’s lone goal… Brenden Dillon led the Jets with four hits, while Adam
Lowry won 14-of-20 face-offs.

For the third time in his career, Mark Scheifele has scored in the first three games of a season, which ties a franchise record… He also did the feat to start the 2015-16 and 2017-18 seasons… Scheifele is one of four players in the NHL this season to start the campaign on a three-game goal scoring streak, joining Leon Draisaitl, Chris Kreider, and Teuvo Teravainen… In addition to Scheifele, Dylan DeMelo has a point in three consecutive games to start the season with a goal and two assists… DeMelo’s streak is one shy of his career high four-game point streak, which he accomplished with the Ottawa Senators in 2019… Blake Wheeler holds the franchise record for longest point streak to start a season as he had an eight-game streak to start the 2015-16 season.

Against the Pacific
The Jets play a Pacific Division team in four of their first five games to start the season, including the next two contests… The Jets are winless in the first two games against the Pacific Division this season… Winnipeg went 13-8-3 against the Pacific Division last season… Kyle Connor (12G, 17A) led the Jets with 29 points in 24 games against the Pacific Division last season, while Mark Scheifele had 14 goals in 24 games, including seven of his 12 power play goals.

Home Comforts
Winnipeg is 1-1-0 at home to start the season… The Jets went 26-13-2 at Canada Life Centre last season, which was tied for fifth in the NHL…The Jets won 26 games at Canada Life Centre in a season for just the second time (2018-19)… Kyle Connor (19G, 28A) led the team with 47 points in 41 home games… Mark Scheifele’s 22 goals at home led the team… Winnipeg is 256-163-38 all-time at Canada Life Centre and have posted a .500 record or better at home in seven consecutive seasons… Dating back to last season, the Jets are 6-2-0 in their past eight home games.

Getting Their Shot
The Jets have fired 26 shots on the power play through three games this season, which is tied for third in the NHL… Winnipeg is averaging 1.86 shots per power play opportunity, which is also tied for third in the league… Last season the Jets averaged 1.45 shots per power play opportunity, which was tied for 21st in the NHL… Despite the volume of power play shots this season, Winnipeg holds a 7.7% shooting percentage on the power play, compared to 13.3% last season.

By Period
The Jets have a fairly even goal distribution to start the season, scoring twice in first periods and four times in each of the second and third periods… Winnipeg has allowed three goals in first periods, four goals in second periods, and seven goals in third periods… The seven goals given up in third periods leads the NHL.

Brenden Dillon leads the Jets with 10 hits through the first three games of the season… He also led the Jets with 198 hits last season… Dillon is averaging 3.3 hits per game this season, compared to 2.4 per game last season.

Locked In
The Jets announced last Monday that they have agreed to terms with both forward Mark Scheifele and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck on identical seven-year contract extensions with an average annual value of $8,500,000… Both of their seven-year contract extensions will begin in the 2024-25 season… Scheifele, 30, was the first player drafted by the Jets after their return to Winnipeg when he was picked in the first round (seventh overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft… Scheifele ranks first in franchise history in playoff goals (19) and regular season game winners (44)… He is also chasing the franchise lead in regular season goals (2nd – 275), assists (2nd – 374), points (2nd – 649), and games played (3rd – 726)… He also ranks fourth in points from the 2011 NHL Draft class and his 274 goals since 2013-14 rank eighth among NHL centres… Hellebuyck, 30, was drafted by the Jets in the fifth round (130th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft… The Commerce, Mich. native is entering his ninth full season with the Jets… Hellebuyck finished as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy last season, an award he won in 2020 and was also a finalist in 2018… He finished last season top-five among NHL goaltenders in wins (T-3rd: 37), save percentage (T-4th: .920) and shutouts (T-5th: 4)… Hellebuyck has rewritten the franchise record book for goalies during his time with the Jets… He leads franchise goalies in career games played (448), wins (239), shutouts (32), and saves (12,534)… Hellebuyck also leads the franchise in single-season wins (2017-18: 44), shutouts (2017-18 and 2019-20: 6), and saves (2021-22: 1,962)… Since 2017-18, Hellebuyck leads all NHL goaltenders in games played (366) and saves (10,482), ranks second in wins (200) and third in shutouts (26)… Hellebuyck has also been recognized for his performance by being named to three NHL All-Star Games (2018, 2020, 2023), he was an NHL First All-Star in 2020 and an NHL Second All-Star in 2018.

Jets vs. VGK Notes
Season Series
Once again, the Jets and Golden Knights meet three times this season… The Jets visit Vegas on Nov. 2, while the Golden Knight s make a return trip to Winnipeg on Mar. 28.

Recent History
Prior to the three losses to Vegas last season, Winnipeg had won five consecutive games against the Golden Knights… The Jets are 13-for40 (32.5%) on the power play all-time against Vegas in 14 games.

In Winnipeg
Last season was Winnipeg’s first loss in regulation to Vegas at Canada Life Centre in the regular season… Winnipeg is 5-1-1 all-time against the Golden Knights during the regular season at home… The Jets have won four of the past five games against the Golden Knights at Canada Life Centre by at least three goals.

Player Notes
Kyle Connor has a team best 21 points (10G, 11A) in 134 career games against the Golden Knights, but only had one point last season… Mark Scheifele (8G, 7A) has 15 points in 13 career games against Vegas, including a hat-trick in the last regular season contests last season

Jets vs. VGK Past 10 Games
2017-18 3 1 1 1 11 12 22 28.6 81.8
2018-19 3 2 1 0 10 9 27 25.0 100.0
2019-20 2 2 0 0 8 3 13 50.0 75.0
2021-22 3 3 0 0 16 7 19 37.5 83.3
2022-23 3 0 2 1 8 13 18 25.0 77.8

02/22/2019 @VGK W 6 3 29 4 2 6 32 3 0 8
03/21/2019 @VGK L 0 5 20 2 0 9 38 2 0 9
11/02/2019 @VGK W 4 3 39 4 1 11 26 3 1 13
03/06/2020 VGK W 4 0 24 2 2 2 29 1 0 4
01/02/2022 @VGK W 5 4 37 3 1 2 46 1 0 6
03/15/2022 VGK W 7 3 23 3 1 9 38 2 1 21
03/22/2022 VGK W 4 0 26 2 1 8 42 3 0 6
10/20/2022 @VGK L 2 5 28 1 0 6 32 3 0 2
10/20/2022 @VGK OTL 1 2 24 1 0 6 48 3 0 2
12/13/2022 VGK L 5 6 34 2 1 6 33 3 2 4

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