FIVE KEYS TO THE GAME

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1 Show more dis­ci­pline

The Jets got quite a work­out on the penal­tykilling units on Thurs­day, killing off nine con­sec­u­tive penal­ties against the Nashville Preda­tors. De­spite be­ing happy with the ef­fi­ciency of their play while short­handed, Jets head coach Paul Mau­rice would pre­fer not to take as many trips to the sin bin.

2 Light the lamp

Since scor­ing five times in the sea­son opener against the St. Louis Blues, the Jets have only scored three goals in three games. That’s not enough for a team that fea­tures a high-oc­tane of­fence. The Jets top line of Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor have pro­duced five goals so far, so sec­ondary scor­ing is an area that needs im­prove­ment.

3 Home­ward bound

Af­ter start­ing the sea­son with three of four games on the road (in­clud­ing three games against Cen­tral Di­vi­sion op­po­nents), the Jets are set to open a sea­son-long six-game home­s­tand. The Jets are 1-0 at BELLMTS Place and are look­ing to make dif­fi­cult on op­po­nents, just like they did last sea­son when they se­cured the most home-ice wins (32) in the NHL.

4 Beasts of East

The Jets made a habit of stack­ing up well against the East­ern Con­fer­ence last sea­son, rack­ing up a record of 19-7-6. Wheeler had 10 goals and 37 points in 31 games against teams from the East. That was tied for the fourth-high­est to­tal for play­ers in the Western Con­fer­ence.

5 Be­ware of Hamil­ton

The Hur­ri­canes made a block­buster deal this sum­mer to bring in de­fence­man Dougie Hamil­ton and left-winger Micheal Fer­land. Hamil­ton has three goals (in­clud­ing two game-win­ners) and nine points in 16 ca­reer games against the Jets. Fer­land, a Swan River prod­uct and former Bran­don Wheat King, has two goals and three points in 10 games against Win­nipeg.

Carolina Hur­ri­canes’ Micheal Fer­land, a Swan River prod­uct and former Bran­don Wheat King, has two goals and three points in 10 games against Win­nipeg.

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