The Winnipeg Jets face the Anaheim Ducks for the third time this season with both teams hoping to build off strong starts to the season. The Jets have won two of their first five games while the Ducks have won two of their first six but have played competitively in most of their games. Both teams are going to be familiar with one another and their play styles and the upcoming game should be a good one.
Jets offense is hard to stopThe Winnipeg Jets have won back-to-back games and have been carried by their potent offense which is scoring four goals per game and 11 goals in the last two games combined. Kyle Connor and Pierre-Luc Dubois have combined for 10 goals and five assists to start the season but the backend of the forward unit has stepped up as well. Andrew Copp and Paul Stastny have combined for five goals and five assists while Josh Morrissey is adding two goals from the point, spreading out the offense in the opponent's zone.
The offense has led the way but the hope is that the defense can step up as the Jets are allowing 3.80 goals per game. Dylan DeMelo has 11 blocked shots while Neal Pionk and Brenden Dillon have combined for 17 blocked shots and 36 hits but the hope is the backend of the defensive unit can improve in the upcoming games. In addition, Connor Hellebuyck has seen a high volume of shots this season with 166 already this year and as a result, has a .886 save percentage and a 3.80 goals-against average.
Ducks hope offense can step upThe Ducks have earned five points early on this season but have struggled on the offensive end of the ice, scoring only 2.83 goals per game. Rickard Rakell has four goals while Sam Steel and Troy Terry have combined for four goals and four assists but the backend of the forwards unit has struggled, allowing Ducks opponents to focus on the top two lines.
In addition, the Ducks hope the defense can improve in the upcoming games as the unit is allowing 3.33 goals per game. Cam Fowler, Josh Manson, and Kevin Shattenkirk have combined for 1.1 defensive point shares and 37 blocked shots but the hope is that the other defensive pairings can step up as the Ducks are allowing opposing offenses to find plenty of open shots on the net. The bright spot is that John Gibson is continuing to play at an elite level in the net as he has a .921 save percentage and 2.67 goals-against average on 139 shots.