Jets at Canucks
After getting gashed for 13 goals in the first two games of the season, the Winnipeg Jets tightened up on the defensive end to secure their first victory. The Jets will try to ride the momentum into Thursday night's matchup against the Vancouver Canucks in the final stop of their three-game road trip through western Canada.
Steve Mason was brought in to bolster Winnipeg's goaltending but had two horrid starts before Connor Hellebuyck stepped in to make 37 saves in Monday's 5-2 win at Edmonton. "I really liked his game," coach Paul Maurice said of Hellebuyck, who will get the nod against the Canucks. "It was good to get a win. He’s feeling confident and he deserves to go back in." Vancouver has split a pair of decisions at home, beating Edmonton 3-2 at home in the opener before losing in a 3-2 shootout to Ottawa on Tuesday. The Canucks have one only once in the past seven matchups against the Jets, scoring two goals or fewer five times in that stretch.
TV: 10 p.m. ET, TSN3 (Winnipeg), Sportsnet Vancouver
ABOUT THE JETS (1-2-0): Nikolaj Ehlers sparks Winnipeg's first win by registering a hat trick and combining with linemates Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele for 10 points. Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (lower body) missed the Edmonton game and will sit out against Vancouver, although rookie Tucker Poolman filled in with two shots on goal and blocking a pair of shots in his NHL debut. "He's just a smart defenseman with the puck," said Maurice.
ABOUT THE CANUCKS (1-0-1): The watch remains on for the NHL debut of 2015 first-round pick Brock Boeser, who was scratched for the first two games after recording a team-best seven points (four goals, three assists) in the preseason. Boeser skated on a line with Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi and could be ready to play. "If I'm in the lineup, I'll make the most of it," Boeser said. "Camp was a grind, but my legs are back under me. I feel fresh."
1. The Canucks are 1-for-11 on the power play.
2. Scheifele, who finished seventh in the league in scoring last season, has five points in three games.
3. Canucks F Thomas Vanek, who scored against Ottawa, has 21 goals and 32 points in 41 contests versus Winnipeg.