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NHL Preview: Winnipeg Jets (34-20-1) at New Jersey Devils (36-14-5)


Scene Setter
The Winnipeg Jets continue a four-game Eastern Conference road trip on Sunday when they visit the New Jersey Devils. Winnipeg started the road trip with a 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night, which ended Winnipeg’s three-game winning streak. The Jets play their second game in as many nights on Monday when they head to Madison Square Garden on Monday to play the New York Rangers.

Tale of the Tape
55 GP 54
34 W 35
20 L 14
1 OT 5
69 PTS 75
174 GF 186
143 GA 145
21.8% PP 20.9%
83.3% PK 80.6%

Next Five Games
Date Opp TV Radio
Feb. 19 At NJD TSN CJOB/Power 97
Feb. 20 At NYR SN CJOB/Power 97
Feb. 22 At NYI SN CJOB/Power 97
Feb. 24 COL TSN CJOB/Power 97
Feb. 26 NYI TSN CJOB/Power 97

Recent Five Games
Date Opp SC Res Streak
Jan. 28 PHI 4-0 L 3L
Jan. 30 STL 4-2 W 1W
Feb. 11 CHI 4-1 W 2W
Feb. 14 SEA 3-2 SOW 3W
Feb. 16 At CBJ 3-1 L 1L

Broadcast Information
Play-By-Play: Dan Robertson
Analyst: Kevin Sawyer
Radio: 680 CJOB/Power 97
Play-By-Play: Paul Edmonds
Analyst: Jamie Thomas
Host: Kelly Moore

Upcoming Schedule
Sunday, February 19
Media Availability 4:30 p.m,
Jets at New Jersey Devils 7:00 p.m.
Monday, February 20
Jets at New York Rangers 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 21
Day Off – No Media Availability
All Times Local

Last Game
Columbus Blue Jackets 3
Winnipeg Jets 1
Jets Scorer: Connor (25)
Blue Jackets Scorers: Laine (15), Johnson (12), Jenner (16)
Jets Goaltenders: David Rittich (21 sv, 2 ga)
Blue Jackets Goaltender: Joonas Korpisalo (37 sv, 1 ga)
Jets PP: 1-for-7
Jets PK: 4-for-5
Recap: Kyle Connor scored with two seconds left in the first period, but it was Winnipeg’s only goal in a 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday. Connor also led the Jets with eight shots, while Dylan DeMelo and Josh Morrissey had three blocked shots. David Rittich made 21 saves in his second consecutive start.

Chasing Stars
The Jets are three points behind the Dallas Stars for first place in the Central Division with a game in-hand. The Jets haven’t won a division
championship since relocation, but have finished second three times – 2012-13, 2017-18, and 2018-19.

Beasts from the East
The Jets are 10-12-0 against the Eastern Conference this season… Winnipeg are in the midst of playing an Eastern Conference opponent in five of six games… The Jets are 4-3-0 in their past seven road games against the Eastern Conference… Winnipeg hasn’t posted a winning record against the East since going 18-12-2 in 2018-19… Kyle Connor leads the Jets in scoring against the Eastern Conference with 21 points (12G, 9A) in 22 games… Mark Scheifele also has 11 goals in 22 games against the East this season.

Road Record
The Jets are 14-12-1 on the road this season… Winnipeg is 5-8-0 in their past 13 road games after starting the season 9-4-1 away from home… Kyle Connor (11G, 14A) leads the Jets in scoring on the road with 25 points in 27 games… Mark Scheifele has a team leading 14 goals… Nikolaj Ehlers has 11 points (3G, 8A) in 10 road games this season and has a point in seven of the 10 games.

PK Prowess
Winnipeg is fourth in the NHL with a penalty kill successful 83.3% of the time… Winnipeg hasn’t allowed a power play goal in nine of their past 14 games… The last time the Jets had a penalty kill better than 82% was in 2013-14 when they finished the season at 83.2%… The franchise record for penalty kill percentage in a season is 85.2%, which occurred in Atlanta during the 2003-04 season.

The Jets are playing their ninth of 13 back-to-back sets on their schedule this season, having gone 11-5-0 so far… The Jets were 7-4-2 in the first game of a back-to-back last season and 5-5-2 in the second game for an overall record of 11-9-4.

Jets vs. NJD Notes
Season Series
The Jets and Devils have their two meetings this season in the second half of the schedule… Winnipeg hosts New Jersey on Apr. 2 as part of the Jets last homestand of the season.

Recent History
Winnipeg is 15-1-3 in their past 19 games against New Jersey, including going 9-0-1 in the past 10 games… Four of the past 10 games have gone to overtime or a shootout… The Jets are 90.0% on the penalty kill, but 5.0% on the power play in the 10 games… Six of Winnipeg’s past nine wins against New Jersey have come by one goal.

In New Jersey
The Jets are on a six-game winning streak at Prudential Center and haven’t lost in regulation since 2012 (8-0-2)… The past five wins have been decided by one goal.

Player Notes
Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in scoring against the Devils with 23 points (5G, 14A) in 34 games… Nikolaj Ehlers has 12 points (5G, 7A) in 12 games against the Devils… Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is 6-1-1 in his career against New Jersey with a 2.34 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.

Jets vs. NJD Past 10 Games
11/29/2016 NJ W 3 2 29 5 0 8 25 4 0 10
03/28/2017 @NJ SOW 4 3 36 3 0 10 23 4 0 6
11/18/2017 NJ W 5 2 34 0 0 4 36 2 0 0
03/08/2018 @NJ W 3 2 24 1 0 8 43 4 0 2
11/11/2018 NJ W 5 2 28 1 0 10 36 3 0 6
12/01/2018 @NJ W 4 3 38 1 0 8 39 3 1 4
10/04/2019 @NJ SOW 5 4 30 2 0 4 39 2 0 4
11/05/2019 NJ SOL 1 2 33 1 0 6 32 3 0 2
12/03/2021 NJ W 8 4 40 4 1 4 37 2 1 8
03/10/2022 @NJ W 2 1 30 2 0 6 34 3 1 4


Last Game:
Last Game
New Jersey Devils 5 Pittsburgh Penguins 2
(36-14-5 -77 PTS) (27-19-9 -63 PTS)
Three Stars: 1. N. Hischier 2. E. Malkin 3. D. Mercer
Pittsburgh 1 0 1 – – 2
DEVILS 1 2 2 – – 5
New Jersey Devils: Media Notes

PIT: E. Malkin (PPG), E. Malkin
NJD: D. Mercer, D. Hamilton (PPG), N. Hischier (SHG), J. Bratt, N. Hischier (ENG)

Jonathan Bernier – LTIR Lower-body, hip 2021-22 55
2022-23 Total Man-Games Lost to Injury/illness: 159

2/6/23 John Marino Activated off I.R.
2/17/23 Alex Holtz Reassigned to Utica

The Devils concluded their four-game road trip, after an impressive 5-2 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday night. The team ended the trip with a 2-1-1 record:
Road trip schedule:
2/11, at MIN, 3-2, Lso
2/14, at CBJ, 3-2, W
2/16, at STL, 4-2, L
2/18, at PIT, 5-2, W

The Devils league-leading road record improved to 21-4-3 on the season, after Saturday night’s win.
The team’s 36 wins after 55 games played from the start of a season are the most in franchise history:
36 wins: 2022-23
35 wins: 2009-10
35 wins: 2008-09
34 wins: 2002-03
34 wins: 1999-00
34 wins: 2006-07
33 wins: 1997-98

After Saturday night’s win, Jersey’s team improved to 33-5-4 when scoring three-or-more goals in a game this season. The Devils enter tonight’s contest 17-4-3 vs the Western Conference this season. The most wins earned in a single season vs the West for franchise history is 18, which was earned in 2000-01. The third most wins earned for this matter was 16, twice, logged in 1996-97 and 2015-16. The team also earned 14 wins vs the West in 2017-18.

The Devils are 28-4-4 when Nico Hischier recorded a point in a game this season and 18-6-2 when Jack Hughes scored a goal in a game for 2022-23.

The Devils are 20-7-1 when scoring first in a game this season and 16-7-4 when trailing first in a contest. New Jersey’s 16 wins when trailing first in a game this season ranks first in the NHL, per Feb. 18, while Boston ranked second with 14 wins (14-8-2).

The Devils are 23-0-2 when leading after the second period this season, while Boston ranks first in the NHL for this matter with a 29-0-2 record. The team’s zero regulation losses when leading after two periods is tied for the fewest with 10 other teams this season, per Feb. 18.

Yet, New Jersey recorded 19 total comeback wins this season, which ranks first in the NHL Tampa, NY Rangers and Carolina ranked second for this matter with 16 total comeback wins. New Jersey’s six multi-goal comeback wins this season ranks second behind Chicago’s seven multi-goal comeback wins for the most in the NHL.

The Devils are 13-2-2 when outshot by an opponent this season and 22-12-3 when outshooting teams. The Devils are 1-0-0 when shots are even vs an opponent for 2022-23.

The Devils have allowed 1, or fewer, goals against 12 times this season in a game. Jersey’s team allowed one, or fewer goals against, in a game just eight times all of last season.

Overall: 8-6-1
First game: 3-4-1 | home: 0-1-0 | road: 3-3-1
Second game: 5-2-0 | home: 1-2-0 | road: 4-0-0

Record: 33-23-3-8
Home: 16-11-1-6
Road: 17-12-2-2

The most goals in franchise history earned in a single game vs WPG/ATL is nine, which was earned on Mar. 10, 2000, in a 9-0 win at Atlanta.
The most goals that the Devils allowed in a single game vs WPG was on Dec. 3, 2021, in an 8-4 loss at WPG.
The most shots that Jersey earned in a single game vs WPG/ATL was 49, via Jan. 24, 2002, in a 4-2 loss at ATL.
The most shots that the Devils allowed in a single game vs WPG/ATL was 40, which happened twice; last – Dec. 2021, at WPG, in an 8-4 loss.
The last time the Devils shut out WPG/ATL was Apr. 6, 2010, at ATL, in a 3-0 win,
The last time that WPG/ATL shut out the Devils was Oct. 13, 2013, at WPG, in a 3-0 loss.

Tue. Feb. 21, vs MTL, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Thu. Feb. 23, vs LAK, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Sat. Feb. 25, vs PHI, 7:00 P.M.

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