Be sure to catch the JetsTV Stay Pre-Game Exhibit with Jamie Thomas, Mitchell Clinton & more beginning at 6:00pm CT right here on WinnipegJets.com and the Jets mobile app, as well as YouTube and Facebook Stay.WINNIPEG – Tonight marks the first match the Winnipeg Jets will be without Mark Scheifele, as the 24-year-old centre deals with an upper-body injury that will keep him out six to eight weeks.But it’s also a chance for redemption.With the New York Islanders in town, the Jets (21-11-6) have a chance to avenge a 5-2 lo s in Brooklyn just prior to the three-day holiday break.”I want to see a different hockey club just off the start,” said head coach Paul Maurice. “They’re a real hard forechecking team, and we had some real problems moving the puck. I don’t think it’s going to change a whole lot.”We’ve got to accept that a little bit better than we did, and not get out of our routes to try and get a whole lot going. We didn’t move very well, we didn’t start on time, there are a lot of little things we’d like to do a little bit better.” Video: PREGAME | Shawn Matthias The Jets didn’t do any formal line rushes during today’s pre-game skate, but based on yesterday’s practice, Blake Wheeler will move to the centre spot with Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor on the wings.”I’ve learned so much from (Blake). He’s such a great player – on and off the ice,” said Connor. “Just little things (like) treating your body right. On the ice, little details all over the ice that make such a big difference in the match – what you do without the puck, you can’t have the puck for the whole game. A lot I can still learn, but I’ve definitely taken a lot.”It’s a huge hole mi sing Mark, but I think a lot of us in here look Seth Griffith Jersey at it as a challenge. We can see if we can rise up to it. Everyone has to raise their sport and take it to the next level.”Shawn Matthias will also draw into the line-up for the first time since Dec. 3. The 29-year-old skated with Matt Hendricks and Joel Armia yesterday, and looks forward to getting his chance to help the team wrap up the two-game dwelling stand on a positive note.”Just keep my sport simple tonight. I haven’t played in a while,” said Matthias. “We were putting good hard work in the gym, and after practice trying to stay at recreation speed, and working hard. You have a responsibility too you have a responsibility to your teammates to go into practice every day and work hard, and keep the guys and goaltending sharp.”Video: PREGAME | Nikolaj Ehlers The full line rushes from yesterday are as follows:Connor-Wheeler-LainePerreault-Little-EhlersCopp-Lowry-TanevMatthias-Hendricks-ArmiaMorri sey-TroubaKulikov-MyersChiarot-PoolmanIn addition to the win over the Jets on Dec. 23, the Islanders returned to action after the holiday break with a 3-2 win over the Sabres in overtime on Wednesday.The Islanders (20-13-4) have injury i sues of their own. With Calvin de Haan already out indefinitely with an upper-body injury, Johnny Boychuk was placed on injured reserve yesterday, and is week-to-week with a lower-body ailment.But that doesn’t make the Islanders – who sit in the second wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference – any le s dangerous. Josh Bailey and John Tavares are riding nine and eight-game point streaks, while Mathew Barzal has five goals in his last three games.Video: PREGAME | Kyle ConnorOverall, the Islanders offence has 131 goals, the second most in the NHL.”When you score as many goals as they do – I know we see the highlight reels –Patrik Laine Jersey but they’re not all back door tap-ins,” said Maurice. “There is a lot of grind in their game. The Islanders have had that fourth line grind in their recreation, and it’s made them good.”We have to understand the puck is going to be in our end of the ice tonight, and we’re going to have to win those battles where we didn’t in our last activity.”Connor Hellebuyck was the first goaltender off the ice at morning skate today, and is expected to get the start. Jaroslav Halak will get the call for the Islanders, after stopping 35 or more shots in each of his last three starts, going 2-0-1 in that span.- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.comVideo: PREGAME | Paul MauriceJETS Recreation NOTESTonight’s GameThe Winnipeg Jets entertain the New York Islanders tonight to complete a two-game homestand coming out of the Christmas break…The Jets edged the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Wednesday in the first video game of the homestand…Following tonight’s sport, the Jets hit the road for games against the Oilers on New Year’s Eve and Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.Jets vs. Islanders Notes- The Jets have lost five of their last six games to the Islanders.- Winnipeg is winle s in their last five games to the Islanders at Bell MTS Place (0-2-3).- Winnipeg is 3-4-3 in their last 10 games against the Islanders.- Bryan Little leads the Jets with 22 points (8G, 14A) in 29 career games against the Islanders.Hitting 50At 21-11-6, the Jets are two points shy of hitting the 50-point mark on the season…A win tonight would allow the Jets to reach the plateau in 39 games, which would be the quickest since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg in 2011…Only the Tampa Bay Lightning (56) and Vegas Golden Knights (52) have reached 50 points this season.Season – Sport – Record2011-12 – 48 – 22-20-62012-13 – 46 – 24-19-32013-14 – 51 – 23-23-52014-15 – 43 – 21-14-82015-16 – 53 – 24-26-32016-17 – 52 – 23-25-4Home Sweet HomeThe Jets hold down one of the best home records in the NHL this season at 13-3-1, good for a .794 points percentage…Winnipeg has won nine of its last 10 residence games, outscoring its opposition 44-20 in the proce s…In 2017-18, the Jets have already tied franchise records for consecutive wins on property ice (seven: Nov. 14 – Dec. 11) and consecutive games with a point on property ice (11: Oct. 20 – Dec. 14)…The Jets are clicking at 32.8% (20-for-61) on the power play at residence, which is second in the NHL…Wednesday’s video game marked the first time in seven house games the Jets failed to score a power play goal.Facing the EastThe Jets face an Eastern Conference opponent in just four of their next 17 games…The Jets are 5-5-5 against the Eastern Conference this season, including 4-2-2 against the Metropolitan Division…Winnipeg had a string of three straight wins over the Metropolitan snapped with their lo s to the Islanders on Dec. 23…Blake Wheeler leads the Jets with eight points (3G, 5A) in eight games against the Metro…Connor Hellebuyck is 4-0-1 against the Metropolitan with a 1.57 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage.Power OutageAfter going 0-for-4 on the power play against the Oilers, the Jets are a combined 0-for-10 on the power play in their last three games…The Jets were 10-for-25 on the power play (40%) from Nov. 24-Dec. 3, but haven’t scored multiple power play goals in a match since then – a span of 11 games…Still, the Jets are fourth in the NHL with a 23.4% power play percentage this season.Welcome Residence, For NowHaving played just 17 games at Bell MTS Place this season, the Jets have played the second-fewest home games in the NHL this season…Only the Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs, with 16 household games, have played le s…Meanwhile, Winnipeg has played more than half of its road schedule as its 21 road games are one behind the Arizona Coyotes for the most in the NHL…The discrepancy increases during the next month, as the Jets play four residence games to eight road games before beginning a 10-game homestand on Jan. 30 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.Middling DecemberAfter posting the second-best record in the NHL in November with a 9-3-2 mark, the Jets have a 6-5-2 record in December, which is tied for 11th in the NHL…During the past three seasons, the Jets have hovered around .500 in December with a combined record of 18-18-3 since 2015…Winnipeg’s best record in December was 10-3-1 during the 2011-12 season, which won’t be bested this season.Rookie ImpactKyle Connor scored his 11th goal of the season on Wednesday, moving him into a tie for fifth in NHL rookie goal scoring…Connor is 12th in rookie scoring with 21 points (11G, 10A) in 32 games and tied for ninth with .66 points per video game…He is fourth among rookies and second among rookie forwards with an average of 17:36 TOI per activity…Connor finished last season with the Manitoba Moose by scoring 17 goals in his last 20 games and also scored in Winnipeg https://www.unionjets.com/winnipeg-jets-jersey/connor-hellebuyck-jersey ‘s final game of the regular season…He has 32 goals in his last 57 profe sional games.One Man ArmiJoel Armia scored twice against the Oilers, including the game-winner in the second period, for the second multi-goal game of his career…He also had two goals Feb. 25/16 at DAL, but he played 19:20 in that video game compared to 12:27 on Wednesday…Armia also had five shots against the Oilers, which matched a career-high…He has four points (2G, 2A) in his last four games.Wingman LeaderCaptain Blake Wheeler pa sed Ilya Kovalchuk for the franchise all-time lead in a sists in Wednesday’s recreation when he set up Kyle Connor’s second period goal…Wheeler has 288 a sists as a member of the Jets franchise…Since being acquired from the Boston Bruins on Feb. 18/11, Wheeler’s 288 a sists are the 10th most in the NHL, while his 446 points are ninth best…Wheeler already has the franchise record for even-strength a sists with 201…This season, Wheeler is third in the NHL with 33 a sists in 38 games.