The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG–Mark Scheifele figures the pieces of the puzzle are starting to click together for the Winnipeg Jets.
His pair of goals, which gave him a team-leading nine, helped the Jets earn a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils yesterday.
He also had one assist.
“We’ve been playing the right way,” Scheifele said. “We’ve been in the right spots.
“Lines are starting to figure out each other,” he added. “A little more consistent on our routes.
“That’s what we want.”
The win follows a 5-2 victory over Colorado on Friday–the first two of a four-game homestand for the Jets (10-5-1).
“It’s two solid games for us,” said Scheifele, who now has seven goals and eight assists in his last nine games.
“We’re definitely happy to see the results we’ve got in the last two and we just got to continue to build.”
Winnipeg, which has shuffled some of its lines recently, also got goals from Jack Roslovic, Nikolaj Ehlers, and Mathieu Perreault.
Ehlers, who’s now on the top line with Scheifele and Blake Wheeler, also picked up an assist.
Wheeler contributed a pair of assists, extending his point streak to 10 games (two goals and 17 assists).
Brett Seney, with his first NHL goal, and Blake Coleman replied for New Jersey (6-8-1).
Connor Hellebuyck made 34 saves for Winnipeg, which next hosts Washington on Wednesday.
The netminder echoed Scheifele’s assessment of the team.
“We’re playing great defensively and it’s leading to a whole lot of chances for, and we have the skill to bury on those chances,” Hellebuyck noted.
“We’re playing a nice, patient, detailed game and it’s fun to play.”
Cory Schneider stopped 23 shots for the Devils, who were playing the last game of a season-high seven-game road trip.
They only picked up one victory (1-6-0) and have lost three in a row, being outscored 18-6 in the trio of losses.
“It’s a pretty brutal road trip coming to an end and we didn’t do what it took to win on the road consistently,” Devils’ forward Kyle Palmieri said.
“It just seems like every time we do make a mistake or there’s a breakdown, [the puck] just ends up in the back of our net,” agreed Devils’ forward Taylor Hall.
“Unfortunately, it’s coming at a tough time and we can’t seem to get out of it right now,” he said.
Elsewhere in the NHL, San Jose beat Calgary 3-1, Colorado downed Edmonton 4-1, Florida dumped Ottawa 5-1, Minnesota edged St. Louis 3-2, Arizona upended Washington 4-1, and Boston topped Vegas 4-1.