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NHL Preview: Winnipeg Jets (37-26-3) at Tampa Bay Lightning (39-21-6)


Scene Setter
The Winnipeg Jets continue a three-game road trip on Sunday night when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning. Winnipeg started the trip with a 5-4 overtime victory against the Florida Panthers to end a two-game losing slide. The Jets end the trip with against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night before returning to Canada Life Centre to host the Boston Bruins on Thursday

Tale of the Tape
66 GP 66
37 W 39
26 L 21
2 OT 6
77 PTS 84
206 GF 231
187 GA 203
21.3% PP 26.0%
82.5% PK 80.0%

Next Five Games
Date Opp TV Radio
Mar. 12 At TBL TSN CJOB/Power 97
Mar. 14 At CAR TSN CJOB/Power 97
Mar. 16 BOS TSN CJOB/Power 97
Mar. 18 At NSH SN CJOB/Power 97
Mar. 19 At STL TSN CJOB/Power 97

Recent Five Games
Date Opp SC Res Streak
Mar. 3 At EDM 6-3 L 5L
Mar. 4 EDM 7-5 W 1W
Mar. 6 SJS 3-2 OTL 1L
Mar. 8 MIN 4-2 L 2L
Mar. 11 At FLA 5-4 OTW 1W

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, March 12
Jets at Tampa Bay Lighting 7:00 p.m.
Monday, March 13
Practice – Carolina 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 14
Morning Skate 11:30 a.m.
Jets at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 p.m.
All Times Local

Last Game
Winnipeg Jets 5 (OT)
Florida Panthers 4
Jets Scorers: Scheifele (37, 38), Ehlers (6), Namestnikov (7, 8)
Panthers Scorers: Tkachuk (29, 30), Reinhart (23), Staal (3)
Jets Goaltender: Connor Hellebuyck (44 sv, 4 ga)
Panthers Goaltender: Sergei Bobrovsky (22 sv, 5 ga)
Jets PP: 2-for-3
Jets PK: 2-for-5
Recap: Mark Scheifele opened and closed the scoring in a 5-4 overtime win against the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. Vladislav Namestnikov also scored twice and added an assist for a three-point night, which was matched by Nikolaj Ehlers (1G, 2A) and Kyle Connor (3A). Nino Niederreiter led the Jets with four shots, while Saku Mäenalanen had four hits. Connor Hellebuyck made 44 saves for the fourth time this

The Jets are playing their 11th of 13 back-to-back sets on their schedule this season, having gone 14-7-0 so far… Winnipeg’s .667 points percentage in back-to-back games this season is tied for fourth in the NHL… 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.

Beasts from the East
The Jets are 12-15-0 against the Eastern Conference this season… 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 28 points (13G, 15A) in 27 games… Mark Scheifele
has 15 goals in 27 games against the East this season… The Jets are in the midst of play four consecutive games against an Eastern Conference opponent.

Road Record
The Jets are 16-15-1 on the road this season… Winnipeg is 7-11-0 in their past 18 road games after starting the season 9-4-1 away from home… Kyle Connor (12G, 20A) leads the Jets in scoring on the road with 32 points in 32 games… Mark Scheifele has a team leading 19 goals, which is tied for sixth in the NHL… Nikolaj Ehlers has 16 points (5G, 11A) in 15 road games this season and has a point in 10 of the 15 games.

PK Prowess
Winnipeg is ninth in the NHL with a penalty kill successful 82.5% of the time, but gave up a season high three goals on the penalty kill Saturday against Florida… 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.

Jets vs. TBL Records
Overall Record
95 42 33 20
Home Record
48 26 12 10
Away Record
47 16 21 10

Jets vs. TBL Notes
Season Series
The Jets and Lightning tangle twice this season… Winnipeg won the first meeting Jan. 6 at Canada Life Centre 4-2.

Recent History
The teams have split the two-game season series in each of the five seasons in which they have played… Since 2015, the Jets are 7-4-3 in 14 games against the Lightning… Winnipeg is 9-for-25 (36.0%) on the power play in its past eight games against Tampa Bay and 11-for-12 (91.7%) on the penalty kill in the past five meetings.

In Tampa
The Jets are 5-2-2 in their past nine trips to Tampa… Winnipeg is 4-for-8 on the power play in the past three games in Tampa against the Lightning… Four of the five wins have come by one goal, while both losses in regulation have been by three goals.

Player Notes
Blake Wheeler leads the Jets in career scoring against Tampa Bay with 36 points (10G, 26A) in 38 games… Mark Scheifele has 16 points (5G, 11A) in 16 games against the Lightning… Nikolaj Ehlers is averaging nearly a point per game against Tampa Bay with 12 points (7G, 5A) in 13 games… Four of Kyle Connor’s six goals against the Lightning are game-winning goals… Vladislav Namestnikov started the season with the Lightning, putting up 15 points (6G, 9A) in 57 games, before being traded to the San Jose Sharks for Michael Eyssimont, who started the season with the Jets before being claimed off waivers by the Sharks.

Jets vs. TBL Past 10 Games
02/11/2017 TB L 1 4 33 3 0 6 30 2 0 8
12/09/2017 @TB OTL 3 4 20 1 0 8 28 3 1 4
01/30/2018 TB W 3 1 37 4 1 8 24 4 0 8
12/16/2018 TB W 5 4 42 1 1 4 47 2 2 2
03/05/2019 @TB L 2 5 32 3 2 12 38 4 2 10
11/16/2019 @TB W 4 3 27 4 1 4 34 2 0 8
01/17/2020 TB L 1 7 31 2 0 2 26 1 0 4
03/08/2022 TB W 7 4 33 4 1 8 24 3 0 10
04/16/2022 @TB L 4 7 18 1 1 18 37 2 1 16
01/06/2023 TB W 4 2 20 6 2 17 28 4 0 21


Lightning 3 vs. Chicago 1
The Tampa Bay Lightning collected points for the third-straight game with a 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks March 11 at AMALIE Arena…The Bolts wrapped up the season series vs. CHI with a 2-0-0 record…Tampa Bay moved to 39-21-6 on the season with a home record of 24-5-5…After a scoreless first period, Brayden Point opened the scoring at the 6:21 mark of the middle frame with his team-leading 42nd goal of the season, jumping on a Petr Mrazek rebound in front off assists from Victor Hedman and Mikhail Sergachev…Taylor Raddysh tied the game 1-1 5:23 into the third period…Point scored his second goal of the night with 59.7 seconds remaining to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead when he fired home a pass from Nikita Kucherov with Sergachev recording the secondary helper…Brandon Hagel scored an empty-net goal off a pass from Alex Killorn at the 19:58 mark to wrap up the 3-1 win for Tampa Bay…Brian Elliott made 22 saves on 23 shots against for his 10th win of the season…
PP: TBL – 0-1 CHI – 0-2
SOG: TBL – 37 CHI – 24
Attendance: 19,092

The Lightning and Jets are playing the second of two matchups this season and the only meeting at AMALIE Arena…The Bolts are 0-1-1 vs. WPG this season after a 4-2 loss Jan. 6 at Canada Life Centre…Anthony Cirelli opened the scoring with his second goal of the season when he fired home a rebound off a shot from Steven Stamkos to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead with 8:12 remaining in the first period…Pierre-Luc Dubois answered during a 4-on-4 to tie the game at one at the 19:21 mark of the first…Nikita Kucherov gave the Bolts a 2-1 lead 1:35 into the second period when he took a pass from Ian Cole and ripped a wrist shot past Connor Hellebuyck, with Cirelli picking up the secondary helper for his 100th career assist…Dubois tied the game again for WPG with a power-play goal on an extended 5-on-3 with 12:55 remaining in the middle frame…With WPG on another 5-on-3 near the beginning of the third period, Kyle Connor scored at the 5:38 mark to give his team a 3-2 lead…Morgan Barron scored an empty-net goal with 1:26 remaining to cap off the 4-2 win for WPG…Andrei Vasilevskiy made 16 saves on 19 shots against in the loss…Kucherov skated in his 600th career game…Stamkos has recorded points in seven straight games vs. WPG (4-8—12) with assists in all seven contests and five multi-point efforts…Stamkos has pointed in 21 of his 23 career games vs. WPG (14-17—31)…Stamkos has points in five straight home games vs. WPG (4-4—8) with goals in three straight…Stamkos has picked up points in 10 of his 11 career home games vs. WPG (7-8—15) with goals in seven of those contests…Kucherov has pointed in seven straight games vs. WPG (6-6—12)…Kucherov is riding a seven-game home points streak vs. WPG (7-6—13)…Alex Killorn has picked up points in four of his last five games vs. WPG (3-1—4)…Victor Hedman has points in four of his last five contests vs. WPG (2-6—8)…Hedman has pointed in five of his last six home games vs. WPG (2-8—10)…Cirelli has recorded points in five of his last six games vs. WPG (5-4—9)…Tampa Bay is 5-4-1 in both their last 10 home games vs. WPG and the last 10 meetings overall…The Lightning are 13-10-4 all-time vs. WPG, including a home record of 7-4-2…Stamkos (14-17—31) holds the Tampa Bay franchise records for career goals, assists and points vs. WPG.


  1. Steven Stamkos – 31 pts. (14-17—31, 23 GP)
  2. Nikita Kucherov – 22 pts. (11-11—22, 17 GP)
  3. Victor Hedman – 21 pts. (5-16—21, 24 GP)
  4. Ondrej Palat – 15 pts. (5-10—15, 16 GP)
  5. Martin St. Louis – 12 pts. (5-7—12, 12 GP)

Tampa Bay is playing the fourth and final game of a four-game homestand tonight…The Bolts will play eight of their 16 games in March on home ice…The Lightning are 12-2-1 against Central Division opponents and 21-7-3 against the Western Conference this season…Tampa Bay has scored three or more goals in 14 of their last 15 home games (total: 63 goals)…The Bolts are 3-7-2 in the second half of back-to-back games this season…Tampa Bay has scored a powerplay goal in 13 of their last 15 home games…Mikey Eyssimont made his NHL debut with WPG April 11, 2022 at MTL.

2022-23 Regular Season Man Games Lost: 102
Current Injuries:
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (Lower-body injury; Day-to-day) 3 Games

March 4 – Recalled D Darren Raddysh from AHL Syracuse
March 3 – Re-assigned D Darren Raddysh to AHL Syracuse
March 2 – Recalled D Darren Raddysh from AHL Syracuse
March 1 – Acquired F Michael Eyssimont from San Jose in exchange for F Vladislav Namestnikov

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