Time: 7:00 PM CDT
Channel: TSN3, FS-TN, TVAS
Now this is the story all about how, the Jets goalie situation flipped turned upside down
And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there
I’ll tell you how Connor Hellebuyck became the best Jet in the air.
In Commerce Township, Michigan, born and raised, on a hockey rink Connor spent most of his days.
Catching and blocking and stacking the pads
Playing some shinny with all of his lads
When a couple of scouts, with an eye for the good
Saw Connor playing in his neighbourhood.
They’d give him a shot, and show him the ropes,
That’s how Connor came to play with the (Odessa) Jackalopes.
In the NAHL, Connor stood on his head
Wanna try to score on Hellebuyck? He’ll put you to bed
Doing his best to keep pucks out of nets,
He impressed the right people with a team called the Jets.
With a great save percentage, and formidable size,
A pick in the draft became his top prize.
But he wouldn’t let his ego get too big or swell
So he headed off to college at the UMass Lowell.
In the Hockey East Conference he was often the victor,
And earned an award named after Mike Richter.
Having put up high stats that were off of the maps,
He turned pro with a team called the St. John’s IceCaps.
So now Connor’s a pro, and he’s well on his way.
All-Star in his first year? Yea you know he’s okay.
Fine tuning his game where it had places to grow,
Proving to the brass that he belonged in the show.
In 2015, that’s when Connor let loose,
Starting with a team in the Peg called the Moose.
When Pavvy went down, ole Connor came up,
And began a quest with an end goal of Lord Stanley’s Cup
Connor put up great numbers in his rookie season
“He’s gonna be great,” said anybody with reason.
And despite a little setback called the sophomore struggle
Connor showed us this year he’s more magic than muggle.
Connor’s been breaking records from the days of the Thrash,
As a pending RFA, he’s about to get cash.
Is he a franchise goalie? Well it’s a pretty safe bet
He’ll be breaking way more records as a Winnipeg Jet.
Winnipeg Jets: 41-18-10
Goals: Patrik Laine (41)
Assists: Blake Wheeler (59)
Points: Wheeler (76)
Goalie Stat Leaders:
Wins: Connor Hellebuyck (35)
Goals Against Average: Hellebuyck (2.39)
Save Percentage: Hellebuyck (.923)
Minutes: Hellebuyck (3,364)
Special Teams: PP 24.1% (2nd), PK 82.8% (6th)
Nashville Predators: 44-14-10
Goals: Viktor Arvidsson (25)
Assists: P.K. Subban, Roman Josi (35)
Points: Arvidsson (51)
Goalie Stat Leaders:
Wins: Pekka Rinne (37)
Goals Against Average: Rinne (2.28)
Save Percentage: Rinne (.928)
Minutes: Rinne (2,974)
Special Teams: PP 21.8% (6th), PK 82.2% (11th)
PREDICTION: PREDS 3 JETS 2
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