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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ETNaN:� BRT, January 10, 2023
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 19,075

Wings look to stop skid with help of special teams

Winnipeg Jets at Detroit Red Wings

  1. Winnipeg and Detroit split their two games against each other last season, with each team winning on the road (3-0, Jets on January 13, and 3-1, Red Wings on April 6).
  2. The Jets extended their winning streak to five games with a 7-4 victory over the Canucks on Sunday. It is the Jets' longest winning streak within one season since they won five straight games in December 2018. Winnipeg's last six-game winning streak was in March 2018.
  3. Kyle Connor has 10 points over his last five games (five goals, five assists), including three goals against Vancouver on Sunday. That matches the high for points by a Jets player over a five-game span this season set by Blake Wheeler (Nov. 21-29 and Nov. 25-Dec. 4).
  4. Pierre-Luc Dubois had a career-high four assists in Sunday's win against the Canucks, tying the Thrashers/Jets record for assists in one game. All of Dubois' assists were at even strength. He is the first NHL player with four even-strength assists in one game this season.
  5. The Red Wings have lost three consecutive games for only the second time this season (also Dec. 13-17). Detroit has not lost four games in a row since Feb. 21-27, 2020.
  6. Ville Husso is 0-2-0 (plus one no-decision) with a 5.24 GAA and .797 save percentage in his three games since the Christmas break. That is Husso's lowest save percentage over any three-game span in his three seasons in the NHL.

The Detroit Red Wings have lost the special-teams battle during their current three-game slide.

They'll look to end that trend when they host the streaking Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

Detroit has given up five power-play goals over the past three games and allowed another goal two seconds after a penalty kill. The Red Wings have one power-play goal during that stretch, a late-game tally while trailing New Jersey by five goals.

In Toronto on Saturday night, the Maple Leafs tied the game in the second period on the man advantage and went on to a 4-1 victory. Detroit was 0-for-4 on the power play.

"Very similar, underlying theme from the last two games," Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde said in a postgame TV interview. "Not able to generate enough finish on some of our chances and lost the special teams again. The penalty kill was much better, but we're still down (one goal) on the special teams."

The Red Wings haven't had a lot of success scoring at even strength, either. They have a combined four goals in the losses to the Devils, Florida Panthers and Maple Leafs.

"It was our inability to score a second goal, with some great chances," Lalonde said after the Toronto game. "Just our margin of error is extremely thin right now, and we were unable to produce offense."

The matchup with Winnipeg will begin a stretch of three consecutive home games for Detroit. The Red Wings will square off against the Maple Leafs again on Thursday and will host Columbus on Saturday.

A loss on Tuesday would drop the Red Wings to the .500 mark for the first time this season.

Winnipeg, meanwhile, is riding a five-game winning streak. Most recently, the Jets defeated Vancouver 7-4 on Sunday.

Kyle Connor was the offensive star, notching his second hat trick of the season.

Linemates Nikolaj Ehlers and Pierre-Luc Dubois also were prominent on the score sheet. Ehlers supplied a goal and two assists, while Dubois had a career-high four assists.

"We used our speed to find each other, to get on their D and get some loose pucks," Ehlers said.

The Jets weren't satisfied with their overall effort. They led 2-0 and 4-2, and Vancouver tied the score both times. Axel Jonsson-Fjallby's late second-period goal proved to be the game winner.

"I thought it was a little sloppy," Connor said. "We've just got to be stronger, win more battles, make better decisions in our zone. Without the puck, we hear (coach Rick Bowness) saying it all the time, 'We want to look the same as a group.' It just makes it easier to read off of each other and simpler."

The Jets have played five of their past six games at home. They'll only have the home-ice advantage once in the next two weeks, as they will play eight of nine games on the road.

"You've got to play the right way on the road or you're going to get burned," Bowness said. "We got burned, and that's just some harsh reminders out there (Sunday) about when you get away from our game. That old game slipped in, and we've got to get rid of that for 60 minutes, every road game."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 9, 2023

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