FIVE KEYS TO THE GAME
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.