Jets look for central division win vs. Blackhawks on Thursday
The Winnipeg Jets are high-flying atop the NHL's official standings, and sit first-place league-wide.
Those probably weren't the words you were expecting to read after seeing newcomer Gabe Vilardi go down three games into the season, watch head coach Rick Bowness step away for a month, and then watch Kyle Connor hurt his knee in nearly exact same way Vilardi did just two months prior.
Somehow, through it all, the Winnipeg Jets are maintaining first-place in a league of 31 other hungry NHL clubs.
The team is on a seven-game winning streak, they are 9-0-1 in their last 10 and have held their opponents to three or fewer goals for 30-straight games.
Yes, 30-straight games allowing three or less goals from their opposition. In their last 18 contests, they have allowed three goals against just one time.
This team is rolling and isn't looking ready to stop at any point soon.
Mark Scheifele narrowly avoided a scary injury on Tuesday night, after being hit in the ear with a deflected Josh Morrissey slap shot, but came back out to celebrate the win with his teammates after some stitches and medical attention in the Jets' room.
Connor Hellebuyck will get the night off on Thursday, but Laurent Brossoit is equally up to the task, as his numbers have been nearly as great as his fellow netminder, despite a smaller sample size this season.
Winnipeg will host the Blackhawks at 7:00 PM central time from Canada Life Centre on Thursday.