The Winnipeg Jets had built up a three-game winning streak before the Washington Capitals put a huge damper on that with their 3-0 shutout victory this past weekend. Now that the Jets have touched down in Florida in preparation for a four-game road trip that involves two separate visits to the Florida Panthers, that begs the question: which Jets have done well against the Panthers in the past and who could possibly bring them good production during this road trip when the team makes two stops in Sunrise? Hint: three of them are pictured above.
The last time these two teams met at the BB&T Center, the Panthers ran off with a 6-3 win, but not before Grant Clitsome, Olli Jokinen and Tobias Enstrom (out with an injury now) had all scored goals. In their most previous meeting, which was in the MTS Centre, Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart both scored second-period goals and Bryan Little put a bow on it with an overtime game-winner.
Dustin Byfuglien has done well against Florida in the past, putting away three goals and adding seven assists in 15 total games played. Jokinen hasn’t seen the Panthers much in his career to date because he’s mostly been out in the Western Conference when he wasn’t, you know, on Florida’s roster, but does have seven points in 11 total games (four goals, three assists) to show for it when he has.
Captain Andrew Ladd, the team goal and points leader, is good at dishing out helpers during Panthers games: seven goals and 11 assists in 29 games played. Wheeler’s also been tested and approved against the Cats, putting up six goals and adding nine assists in 22 games played. Little has an even eight goals and eight assists in 30 total games played.
These guys are among the Jets who will need to be on top of their game and able to produce if they want to draw wins from their two upcoming visits to the home of the Panthers.