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American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas Attendance: 18,532
Central-leading Stars take their third crack at Jets
Winnipeg Jets at Dallas Stars
- The Jets are 3-1-4 in the last eight games against Dallas, including a 5-1 home win on Nov. 8 in Rick Bowness' first game against the team he coached from 2019-22. Five of the last seven meetings between the teams have been decided in overtime or a shootout.
- The Jets have lost two of their last three games following an 8-1-1 stretch. They surrendered more than four goals just once in their first 17 games before Wednesday's 6-1 setback at Minnesota.
- After collecting a goal and three assists in nine games in October, Kyle Connor has five goals and seven assists in nine games in November. He picked up three assists in a 5-1 win over Dallas on Nov. 8, giving him three goals and nine assists in nine games against the Stars.
- The Stars scored five times in the third period and rallied past Chicago, 6-4, on Wednesday to improve to 4-0-2 in their last six games. It was the 13th time this season they've scored at least four goals, which is tied with Boston for the NHL lead.
- Jason Robertson has 14 goals and 10 assists during a career-best 13-game point streak, the longest by a member of the Stars since Brian Bellows' 15-game run in 1989-90. He's the first player with 16 goals through the Stars' first 20 games since Mike Modano in 1993-94.
- Jake Oettinger made 24 saves in a 4-1 victory over Winnipeg on Oct. 17, improving to 3-0-0 with a 1.96 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in three career starts against the Jets. He's 5-1-1 with a 2.29 GAA and .917 save percentage at home this season.
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Coming off a stunning comeback victory, the Dallas Stars will look for another win over a Central Division opponent when they host the Winnipeg Jets on Friday.
The Stars trailed the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 through 50 minutes of play on Wednesday, yet emerged with a 6-4 win after scoring five unanswered goals. After Max Domi scored for Chicago 9:37 into the third period, the Stars quickly responded on Jamie Benn's power-play marker just 38 seconds later.
Then, "we just got rolling," said forward Ty Dellandrea, who tipped in the equalizer for the Stars at 14:12 of the third period.
"We got the building going and we fed off of that ... (Benn's goal) kind of erupted the place. And then we just took that and every line was going. Every line contributed. Great comeback."
Twelve of the Stars' 18 skaters recorded at least one point, but Jason Robertson was again a key factor with two goals.
The forward extended his points streak to 13 games on Wednesday, earning himself a spot in the team's record books. Robertson tied Dave Gagner for the longest points streak in Dallas Stars history (when the franchise moved from Minnesota for the 1993-94 season).
As a team, the Central-leading Stars are on a six-game points streak of their own (4-0-2).
While Dallas has the momentum of its best win of the season, the Jets hope to recover from their worst loss. Winnipeg's 6-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday marked the most goals allowed by the Jets in any game this season, as well as their largest margin of defeat.
Defenseman Nate Schmidt felt his team "only played 10 good minutes," referring to a stretch in the second period that saw Kyle Connor score Winnipeg's lone goal.
"(We) have to understand what the league can do to you if you come in and you're not ready," Schmidt said. "When you don't play good for 50 minutes it doesn't give you a good chance to win. You have to make sure you learn from it."
The Jets conceded a season-high five power-play chances. Minnesota was 2-for-5 on the power play, matching the number of total power-play goals (2-for-29) scored by Jets opponents over Winnipeg's previous 12 games.
Beyond this lack of help from his penalty killers, Connor Hellebuyck also faced a few bad bounces in allowing six goals on 39 shots. Hellebuyck will try to rebound Friday as the Jets' probable starter in net.
Because the Stars also play the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, goalies Jake Oettinger and Scott Wedgewood will likely split the back-to-back starts. Wedgewood hasn't played since Nov. 17, when a back injury forced him to be stretchered off the ice during a 6-4 win over the Florida Panthers.
This is the third of three meetings between the Jets and Stars this regular season. The Stars won 4-1 in Dallas on Oct. 17, while the Jets won 5-1 in Winnipeg on Nov. 8.
Jets coach Rick Bowness missed the Oct. 17 game due to COVID-19, so Friday will mark Bowness' official return to Dallas. Bowness coached the Stars for parts of the last three seasons, highlighted by a trip to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final.
--Field Level Media
Updated November 24, 2022