Indianapolis Star
National Hockey League
Preview
Vancouver at Winnipeg
When: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, October 18, 2018
Where: Bell MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

After losing the first two of a six-game road trip, the Vancouver Canucks extended their winning streak to three on Brock Boeser’s overtime goal Tuesday, and head to Winnipeg on Thursday to face the Jets. Boeser, who scored 29 goals last season and finished as runner-up for the Calder Trophy, scored his second game-winning goal during the win streak as the Canucks improved to 3-2-0 away from home with a 3-2 win at Pittsburgh.





“What a road game that was against a hockey team that’s obviously pretty deep,” Vancouver coach Travis Green told reporters in describing his team, which won just 15 games on the road last season. “I think we’re starting to figure out how we need to play as a group.” The Jets raced to a 4-1 lead after two periods Tuesday at home against Edmonton, only to see the Oilers rally for three third-period goals before falling 5-4 in overtime. It was a difficult loss to swallow for the Jets, who got two early goals from Adam Lowry and arguably played two of their best periods of the season before the Oilers dominated the final 20 minutes. “Yeah, 4-1 should be game over,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler told the media afterward. “Our line went out and gave up one early on and gave them momentum.”

TV: 8 p.m. ET, Sportsnet Vancouver, TSN3 (Winnipeg)

ABOUT THE CANUCKS (4-2-0): Vancouver prevailed Tuesday despite now having rookie forward Elias Pettersson, the team’s leader in goals (five) and points (eight) who is in NHL concussion protocol. Forward Tim Schaller finished with two assists and led the Canucks with seven hits, while goaltender Anders Nilsson turned aside 26 shots - including 22 of the final 23 he faced after the first period. Defenseman Ben Hutton scored his first goal in 77 games and played a team high-tying 33 shifts.

ABOUT THE JETS (3-2-1): One early-season positive for Winnipeg is the play of Lowry, who netted his second and third goals of the season in a 2:56 span of the opening period. Defenseman Josh Morrissey collected his fifth assist of the season, and third in two games, but the defense as a whole let down goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (30 saves) as Edmonton scored twice in the opening 2:28 of the third. Winnipeg gave up multiple power-play goals for the second time in six games.

OVERTIME

1. Jets rookie F Kristian Vesalainen was a healthy scratch for the first time this season Tuesday, after managing one shot on goal through the first five games.

2. Nilsson has posted a .943 save percentage and allowed just five goals while starting all three games of Vancouver’s win streak.

3. Winnipeg outscored the Canucks 10-3 in winning all three matchups last season.

PREDICTION: Jets 3, Canucks 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Vancouver 3-2-0-0 W2 1-0-0-0 2-2-0-0 0-0-0-0 3-2-0-0 1-1-0-0
Winnipeg 3-2-0-0 W1 2-0-0-0 1-2-0-0 0-0-0-0 3-2-0-0 1-2-0-0
Last Meeting
Vancouver Winnipeg
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
1/21/18 VAN 0 WIN 1 29 35 0-2 36 29 0-2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Vancouver D. Archibald 0
Winnipeg K. Connor 1
Goals Player  
Vancouver D. Archibald 0
Winnipeg P. Laine 1
Assists Player  
Vancouver D. Archibald 0
Winnipeg K. Connor 1
Saves Player  
Vancouver A. Nilsson 35
Winnipeg C. Hellebuyck 29
Season
Total Points Player  
Vancouver E. Pettersson 13
Winnipeg B. Wheeler 11
Goals Player  
Vancouver E. Pettersson 6
Winnipeg K. Connor 5
Assists Player  
Vancouver A. Edler 8
Winnipeg B. Wheeler 8
Saves Player  
Vancouver J. Markstrom 155
Winnipeg C. Hellebuyck 206
Quickchart Matchup
Vancouver Off vs  Winnipeg Def
3.8 GF
2.2 GA
25.2 Shots
33.4 Shots
5 PP
3 PK
Winnipeg Off vs  Vancouver Def
2.2 GF
3.4 GA
30.4 Shots
33 Shots
3 PP
3 PK