The Winnipeg Jets are on the verge of their best scoring run in nearly three years after a career performance from center Mathieu Perreault.
Visiting the defensively challenged Dallas Stars on Thursday night gives Winnipeg an ample opportunity to continue that surge.
The Jets look to score at least four goals in regulation in four straight games for the first time since their inaugural season in Winnipeg following the franchise’s relocation from Atlanta.
Winnipeg (22-14-8) has earned a point in three consecutive games. It won 5-4 in a shootout at Los Angeles on Saturday and lost by the same score in a shootout at Anaheim the next day before returning home to face Florida on Tuesday.
Perreault scored a career-high four goals as the Jets rolled to an 8-2 victory. They’ve scored at least four times in regulation for three straight games for the first time since April 6-11, 2013, and haven’t accomplished that feat in four in a row since Feb. 17-23, 2012.
Perreault tied the franchise record for goals in a game, giving him 15 to go along with 10 assists in his last 24. He went without a goal in his first 19 games while registering just three assists.
"It’s something very special," Perreault, three goals shy of matching his career high set last season with the Ducks, told Winnipeg’s official website.
"Obviously the bounces were going my way. It was one of those nights – a lot of fun. … Slow start (to the season), but things are going well and I couldn’t be happier."
All-Star defenseman Dustin Byfuglien added two goals and an assist after recording three assists in the two games in California.
"It’s a big win," Byfuglien said. "It doesn’t matter if you’re on the road or at home. When it’s time to come to the rink and put on our gear, we’ve got to come together.
"We did that tonight."
The Jets came together in the first meeting with Dallas (19-16-7) this season, scoring all of their goals in the first two periods of a 5-2 road win Dec. 9. Perreault had a goal and Byfuglien recorded two assists.
Winnipeg has scored 17 times as these clubs have split the last four meetings, and the Stars enter this one as one of the worst defensive teams in the NHL with 3.29 goals allowed per game.
Dallas has allowed at least four goals four times in the last five games but managed to score enough to beat visiting Ottawa 5-4 and snap an 0-2-2 slide Tuesday.
Despite the high goal total, Tyler Seguin failed to register one for the ninth time in 10 games while Jamie Benn didn’t score for the eighth time in that span.
Seguin, tied for the NHL lead with 26 goals, and Benn, second on the team with 12, didn’t skate on the same line at Wednesday’s practice.
"I wanted to look at just maybe a little switch, little different scenery for Tyler and Jamie," coach Lindy Ruff told the team’s official website. "Sometimes for a period maybe, we’ll take a look at it. Sometimes that helps a guy."
Ales Hemsky has been a bright spot for Dallas with three goals in four games and five in the last eight. He didn’t score in his first 21 contests.
"I’m more comfortable," Hemsky said. "… I think I’ve shot the puck more than I used to. It’s simple; you build confidence, and you go from there."