FIVE KEYS TO TONIGHT'S GAME
VANCOUVER CANUCKS (20-26-3) AT WINNIPEG JETS (28-22-3)
Tonight, 5 p.m., Sportsnet Pacific, SNET 650 AM Tuesday, 5 p.m., Sportsnet Pacific, SNET 650 AM
1. Use the opportunities given
The Jets outshot the Ottawa Senators 11-5 in the first period during Saturday's loss but gave up two goals on the first three shots Ottawa took in the game.
It's been a bit of an awkward trend at times this season for Winnipeg. They'll put in a good period but have nothing to show for it.
2. Boeser beware
Brock Boeser was held off the scoresheet for the first time in three games, snapping a three-game goal-scoring streak in the process, as Connor McDavid made history on Saturday night. Tonight, Boeser will look to pick right back up against a team he's feasted on this season. Boeser has two goals and seven points in seven games against the Jets, the most of any Canuck.
3. Backup cheat code
The Jets will start Laurent Brossoit against the Canucks, who probably rather would see the reigning Vezina winner, as strange as it sounds. Brossoit has been lights out against the Canucks this season, with a 2-0-0 record and a .968 save percentage. He has one shutout against Vancouver and has stopped 60 of 62 shots faced.
4. Calling on Connor
Winnipeg's seven-game losing streak may have ended last week, but Kyle Connor's pointless streak, which reached the same length in Saturday's loss, endures. Connor hasn't seen his name on the scoresheet since April 22. The Jets have scored two goals or fewer in five of their past seven games. They could use his usually deft scoring touch any day now.
5. Nothing to lose
The Canucks beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-3 last week and put up another staunch performance in their 4-3 loss on Saturday night. The Canucks' season may be all but over (they're still in it, mathematically, but would need to close a 14-point gap with seven games left) but they're not going without a fight. The team has nothing to lose, and went through hell during their COVID outbreak. The Jets aren't exactly beating the teams below them either this season and the Canucks present a dangerous threat.