Laine generated a power-play assist in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime home loss to the Oilers. One of 10 skaters for Winnipeg to find the scoresheet in this one, Laine also fired a season- and game-high seven shots on goal, but he was blanked each time. Still, the Jets' second overall pick from the 2016 draft is off to a pretty good start with two goals and another pair of helpers through the first six contests -- three of those points were accumulated on the man advantage.
Laine notched two points in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Blues. The Finnish-born sniper opened the scoring, wasting little time tallying his first marker of the 2018-19 season. Coming off a sophomore campaign that saw him score 44 goals, all eyes will be on Laine to see whether he can make a run at 50 goals this season. So far he's off to a good start and should continue racking up points, especially with the man advantage.
Laine has lost weight with the hope of being quicker entering the 2018-19 season, Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun reports. The 20-year-old star forward has supposedly lost 14 pounds since his last season came to an end in late May, and is now closer to the 206 pounds he weighed in his rookie season than the the 221 pounds he played at last year. Entering the final year of his entry-level contract, Laine has all the motivation in the world to produce at an elite level this season.
Laine managed a mere two points in the five-game Western Conference finals. Through the opening two rounds of the playoffs, Laine seemed unstoppable with 10 points in 12 contests, including four scored with the man advantage. However, the Golden Knights were able bottle up the talented Finn by limiting his time and space, which resulted in a disappointing two-goal performance. Still, it was a banner year for the youngster, as he played in all 82 games and set career highs in goals (44), points (70) and shots (241). Given his elite scoring touch, the sniper should have little problem reaching similar production levels during the 2018-19 campaign.
Laine scored one goal and fired seven shots on net in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Golden Knights. Laine's goal -- a rocketing one-timer -- was much needed to even the score 1-1 in the second period, but the tie lasted just 43 seconds as Tomas Nosek marched down the ice and put Vegas back into the lead. It was just the 20-year-old's third goal of the playoffs, as his high-caliber scoring performance of the regular season (44 goals) hasn't carried over into the postseason.
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