Hellebuyck made 26 saves in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Canucks. This game was tied 1-1 going into the third period, so Hellebuyck played more high-stress minutes than the final score would have you believe. The 25-year-old netminder has been up-and-down during a 3-2-1 start, but this effort could be the first step in rediscovering the form that helped him post a 44-11-9 record last season.
Hellebuyck will be between the pipes at home versus Vancouver on Thursday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Hellebuyck has struggled out of the gate this season, as he is 2-2-1 with a 2.99 GAA that includes a pair of games in which he gave up five goals. The netminder will need to rediscover the consistency he had last year if he wants to put together a second straight season with 40-plus wins.
Hellebuyck allowed five goals on 35 shots in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Oilers. The Jets were up 4-1 early in the second period, but Hellebuyck allowed three goals in the third period. Blame Connor McDavid, as the 21-year-old scored twice and added two helpers to force overtime, where Darnell Nurse completed the comeback. Hellebuyck now sports a 2-3-0 record with a .906 save percentage on the season.
Hellebuyck will man the home net against the Oilers on Tuesday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Hellebuyck broke out in a big way last season, posting a 2.36 GAA and .924 save percentage. This year isn't going quite as smoothly thus far, he has a 2.50 GAA and .919 save percentage though four starts, but this will be only his second home game, which should help.
Hellebuyck faced 30 shots, allowing three goals in Thursday's 3-0 loss to Nashville. In two losses, Hellebuyck has given up eight goals. Alternatively, in his two wins, the 25-year-old netminder has yielded only two goals. Winnipeg, as a team, has gone as its star netminder has early in the season, and regardless of how much talent the Jets have up front and on the blue line, they are going to need Hellebuyck to play at a high level consistently if they hope to make another run at a Stanley Cup. Expect No. 37 to once again man the crease Sunday versus Carolina.
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