Having lost the opening contest of their Stanley Cup qualifying-round matchup against the Calgary Flames (No. 8 seed in the Western Conference), the Winnipeg Jets (No. 9 seed in the West) will try to bounce back in the following fixture.
Jets Lose Scheifele, Laine, Game 1The Stanley Cup Qualifiers started on a downer for the Winnipeg Jets (0-1-0), who dropped Game 1 in their series against the Calgary Flames with a score of 4-1 at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Saturday. The Jets were outshot 33-18, failed to convert on seven power-play opportunities, went 2-for-4 on penalty kill and found the back of the net just once in the first period through Andrew Copp (10 goals, 26 points during the regular season) before the Flames responded with three second-period special-teams strikes (two power-play markers and a shorty), ending the contest with an empty-netter less than two minutes from time. Both Mark Scheifele (29 goals, 73 points) and Patrik Laine (28 goals, 63 points) left the matchup with injuries.
Goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who ended the regular campaign with a 31-21-5 record on top of a 2.57 GAA and a .922 save percentage, stopped 30 shots. He has picked up an 11-13 career tally in 24 postseason outings with a 2.47 GAA and a .919 save percentage, and has gone 5-2-0 versus Calgary historically with a 1.97 GAA and a .932 save percentage. The Jets ended the regular season, scoring the 15th lowest quantity of strikes per fixture (3.00), while giving up the 10th lowest amount on the defensive end (2.83). The team was 15th in power play (20.5%) and 22nd in penalty kill (77.6%).
Flames Excel In Special TeamsThe Calgary Flames (1-0-0) took a 1-0 lead in their Stanley Cup qualifying round matchup against Winnipeg after beating the Jets 4-1 at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Saturday. Johnny Gaudreau (18 goals, 58 points during the regular season) and Mikael Backlund (16 goals, 45 points) tallied with the man-advantage, Tobias Rieder (4 goals, 10 points) buried a shorty, while Andrew Mangiapane (17 goals, 32 points) scored into an empty net with 1:41 remaining on the clock. Gaudreau’s marker was his first postseason goal in 10 games, dating back to May 10, 2015.
Goalie Cam Talbot, who went 12-10-1 during the regular campaign with a 2.63 GAA and a .919 save percentage, made 17 saves. He has collected an 8-7 career total in 16 postseason appearances with a 2.38 GAA and a .923 save percentage, and has gone 6-4-1 against Winnipeg in previous encounters with a 3.10 GAA and a .914 save percentage. The Flames headed into the coronavirus lockdown, scoring the 12th lowest number of goals per game (2.91), while conceding the 15th highest quantity defensively (3.06). They ranked 12th in power play (21.2%) and 8th in penalty kill (82.1%).
- Flames are 5-0 in their last 5 games as a favorite.
- Flames are 4-1 in their last 5 overall.
- Jets are 0-5 in their last 5 games following a loss of 3 or more goals.
- Jets are 5-12 in their last 17 games as an underdog.