Andrew Ladd, the captain of the Winnipeg Jets, is in fourth place in the entire NHL in scoring right now. Well, technically he’s in a four-way tie for fourth because he has 12 goals to his name, but so do Thomas Vanek, Patrick Marleau and James van Riemsdyk. Fun fact: all four of those 12-goal scorers are left-wingers.
Two of Ladd’s goals came last night against the New Jersey Devils. In a 3-1 win, he provided both goals that were not empty-netters and put the Jets on the board eight seconds into the first period. Insert your own favorite joke or pun about the speed of jets here.
Andrei Loktionov, the relative newcomer from the Los Angeles Kings system, scored the Devils’ only goal of the evening during the second period. On that goal, former Jet Alexei Ponikarovsky put up the primary assist.
But Ladd found an answer for that goal with about eight minutes to play in the third period, pushing the home team ahead, and an empty-netter from Blake Wheeler (with a Ladd helper) extended the lead to the final score of 3-1. It did take the home team a while–about nine minutes–to put a shot on Johan Hedberg in that final period, though.
Whereas the Jets usually consider the MTS Centre a place of winning, it’s been the opposite this season: they’d lost their last four games there and won only three of their first eight home games, but this win snapped that skid.
Neither team is very good on the power play right now, but in a battle of which team is less bad at the man advantage, the Devils win: 17.5 percent compared to 14.9 percent. That being said, it’s not impossible for teams with bad power plays to be successful in other metrics. See also Boston Bruins.
The Jets will welcome the Washington Capitals on March 2 at 3 p.m. Eastern. The Capitals are ranked dead last in the East.