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Winnipeg Jets season update: Strong starters not slowing down

The Jets are beyond a pleasant surprise this season, as they have plainly become a very good hockey team. 

Their current seven-game winning streak has catapulted them to the top of the Central, Western Conference and league standings just about at their halfway point of the season. 

In November there was speculation about whether or not they could sustain their strong start. They have only gotten better and ascended higher and higher in the standings to the top spot. 

With 40 out of 82 games played, the Jets hit the halfway point of the season with their next game, at home against the Chicago Blackhawks, who will be without injured rookie sensation Connor Bedard. 

The Jets now look to be a formality for the playoffs and their odds to make the postseason (-4000) reflect as much. They are the betting favourites to win the Western Conference and the Stanley Cup. 

With several teams nipping at their heels, look for the Jets to only keep the foot on the gas moving forward as the season progresses. 

Read more: 2023/24 NHL Stanley Cup odds

Record:27-9-4 (58 points)
Point Percentage:.725 (1st in the NHL)
Standings:1st in the Central Division and 1st in the Western Conference

Key wins

  • 12/7/23: 4-2 vs Colorado Avalanche
  • 12/13/23: 5-2 vs Los Angeles Kings
  • 12/22/23: 5-1 vs Boston Bruins

Key losses

  • 12/12/23: 2-1 vs San Jose Sharks
  • 12/18/23: 3-2 (OT) vs Montreal Canadiens
  • 12/27/24: 2-1 (OT) vs Chicago Blackhawks

Key Statistical Leaders

Goals

  • Kyle Connor: 17
  • Mark Scheifele: 14
  • Nikolaj Ehlers: 14
  • Cole Perfetti: 14

Assists

  • Mark Scheifele: 27
  • Josh Morrissey: 24
  • Nikolaj Ehlers: 18
  • Vladislov Namestikov: 18

Points

  • Mark Scheifele: 41
  • Nikolaj Ehlers: 32
  • Josh Morrissey: 31

Plus-Minus

  • Dylan DeMelo: +26
  • Josh Morrissey: +23
  • Nikolaj Ehlers: +20
  • Vladislov Namestikov: +20

Power Play Goals

  • Cole Perfetti: 5
  • Mark Scheifele: 4
  • Nino Neiderreiter: 3
  • Kyle Connor: 3

Time On Ice

  • Josh Morrissey: 24:16
  • Dylan DeMelo: 21:51
  • Mark Scheifele: 20:35

NHL Rankings by Key Statistic (out of 32)

Goals scored per game:8
Goals allowed per game:1
Goals scored 5 on 5:2
Goals allowed 5 on 5:1
Power Play Percentage:22
Penalty Kill Percentage:26
Faceoff Percentage:27
Shots on goal per game:15
Shots allowed per game:6

Top Performers

While the Jets have star players, their leading scorer, Mark Scheifele, ranks 28th in the NHL in points. That illustrates the picture that the NHL leading Jets are deep and get the job done by committee. 

Scheifele has been as reliable as ever, Kyle Connor was over a point per game before he got hurt, and nine total players have at least 20 points. 

Youngster Cole Perfetti has been everything the Jets could have asked for. The 22-year-old has 14 goals and 15 assists in 40 games played along with a +15 rating.

This is a legitimate three-line team with a respectable fourth line as well. Winnipeg’s depth is a huge reason why they have the most points in the league. 

On the defensive side of the puck, Josh Morrissey has been stellar. He has 31 points in 40 games with a +23 rating. 

Morrissey is heavily relied on as evident by his team-leading 24+ minutes of ice time per game. He sits fifth in the league in defensive point shares with 3.3, the same amount as Dylan DeMelo, Morrisey's partner on the Jets' top defensive pairing.

Morrisey leads a defensive core in front of a star goaltender in Connor Hellebuyck, who leads the league in goals saved above average (18) and goalie point shares (6.7).

The entire defence and goaltending unit has played well enough to lead the NHL in goals allowed per game. Each player on the team deserves recognition for their effort.

Odds

To win Western Conference:+450
To win Stanley Cup:+900

Odds mentioned in this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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