Blake Wheeler has aim, four assists in Jets’ win over Avs



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10 Nov 2018, 11:09 IST
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Blake Wheeler took a go on absorbing reward after his career-high five-point efficiency.

The Winnipeg captain had an empty-net aim and 4 assists within the Jets’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night time.

“Whenever you’re passing it to guys like that, it provides you a degree of confidence that type of modifications how you progress the puck,” Wheeler stated. “When you had been passing to anyone that does not have a prayer of placing it within the internet, it is somewhat bit completely different than giving it to (Mark) Scheifele or (Patrik) Laine.

“Little question these guys give me a ton of confidence to search out these little seams. And like I stated, they want such little area. If I can simply squeeze it in there, there is a good probability it is getting in.”

Wheeler prolonged his level streak to 9 video games. He has two targets and 15 assists throughout the run, and is second within the NHL with 18 assists general — one behind Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen.

Kyle Connor and Laine had power-play targets, giving the Jets no less than one power-play aim in 11 straight video games so as to add to a franchise document. Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers additionally scored, with Scheifele including an help. Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves.

Colorado defenseman Eric Johnson scored his first aim of the season, Tyson Jost added a aim and Semyon Varlamov stopped 19 pictures.

“It is at all times arduous to begin the video games once you’re down like one or two targets,” Varlamov stated. “However it would not matter even should you’re down, prefer it’s just one or two targets. You already know, I imply now we have sufficient ability on this group to attain like 5.”

The Avalanche have misplaced 5 in a row.

“I feel leaders on this group bought to get on this now,” Johnson stated. “We gotta cease the bleeding and string some wins collectively right here.”


Avalanche: At Edmonton on Sunday.

Jets: Host New Jersey on Sunday.

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