As the quarter point of the season hits, a surprise team is coming out of the Western Conference. The Winnipeg Jets are currently second in the Central Division with a 15-6-4 record. What is going right so far?
One big standout of the team is their offense. Mark Scheifele leads the team in points and goals with 25 points, which also ties him for 13th in the league. Meanwhile, Patrick Laine is starting his sophomore season off hot with 11 goals and 6 assists in 22 games.
The power play has gotten a big boost as they rank fourth in the league with a 24.7%, in which Laine has 6 of his 11 goals this season just on the power play. On the blue line, defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has been a major help on and off the power play. He is averaging 24:14 minutes on the ice per game and has a +/- of 10+, which has mostly come from the power play.
The goalies, Connor Hellebuyck and Steve Mason, have been phenomenal for the team – Hellebuyck is 12-2-2 while Mason is 2-3-1. Hellebuyck has a save percentage of .928 and stopped 30 of 31 shots in the latest win against the Anaheim Ducks, while Mason has a .908 save percentage and 3.31 goals against average.
They look to continue to grab points to move up higher in the standings. In terms of league-wide standings, the Tampa Bay Lightning and St. Louis Blues are the only ones that stand in their way. The Jets look to pass them soon, showing to the NHL they are a real threat this year.