The first test against a Central Division opponent went well enough for the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night, as the home team prevailed over the Minnesota Wild by a 5-2 score.
The effort was led by Patrik Laine, who had a dominating four point performance. Connor Hellebuyck was also strong, turning aside 38 of 40 Minnesota shots.
Patrik Laine, simply put, was dominant tonight. After the first period of play, I thought it was one of his best as a Jet, and he didn’t have any of his four points yet.
Laine now has 10 points on the year, tying him for tops in the NHL. His defensive work has also improved, as has his passing. The 21-year-old continues to improve, and there’s no telling where his ceiling is.
MORRISSEY COULD USE SOME HELP
The Minnesota Wild are not exactly an offensive juggernaut, so giving up 40 shots to them should raise some questions. The Wild threw a lot at the Jets net in this one, and may have managed more if not for strong defensive play by Josh Morrissey. Unless changes are made, the Jets’ defensive strength remains perilously poor.
HELLEBUYCK LOOKING GOOD
Connor Hellebuyck has bounced back well with two strong games after a weak season opening performance against the Rangers. Hellebuyck stopped 38 of 40, including some redirects and chances with a lot of traffic. His save percentage improves to .927 on the year. He’ll need to continue to be sharp if the Jets continue to give up large numbers of shots.