Statistically Speaking: Jets easily handle the Wild

Statistically Speaking: Jets easily handle the Wild

The Winnipeg Jets have an opportunity to close out the series at home tonight when they face the Minnesota Wild in Game 5.

Jets coach Paul Maurice was asked after Game 5 what he thought about the reaction of Winnipeg's long-suffering fans in the context of the city's all-time record of 2-12 entering this year's National Hockey League postseason and going 31 years without a series win.

"I thought the team was great in front of me". No matter what team visits Winnipeg, the Jets and their fans are going to make it interesting. The original Winnipeg Jets - now the Arizona Coyotes - only won two playoff series, beating the Calgary Flames in 1985 and 1987.

"He's a guy that battles night in and night out", said Mark Scheifele, who had a third-period goal and one assist.

But the difference between the two clubs was abundantly apparent by Game 5 when a disastrous start fueled the Wild's downfall, with the team surrendering four goals on 10 shots in just 11 minutes, 59 seconds. A similar size group of fans stood outside on the streets of Winnipeg watching the game on giant TV screens.

The Jets were 32-7-2 during the regular season at home, and they've gone 3-0 in postseason home games.

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Winnipeg will face the victor of the Nashville-Colorado series, which the Predators lead 3-1.

Joel Armia - The hits kept coming for Winnipeg's forwards as Armia suffered an upper-body injury and was forced to leave Game Five.

Nikolaj Ehlers - Shortly before Game Five against Minnesota, it was announced that the Jets would be without Ehlers, so veteran Matt Hendricks was inserted into the lineup.

"They are not long suffering fans", he said.

Here is some social media reaction to the historic Jets win.

Winnipeg played some tight defence without top-pairing defenceman Josh Morrissey, who was suspended Wednesday for one-game for a cross-check on Wild centre Eric Staal in Game 4.

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