The hottest goal scorer in the NHL takes his act Off-Broadway Saturday night when Patrik Laine and the Winnipeg Jets visit the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.
Laine, the league's reigning First Star of the Week, scored 18 goals in November, the most ever in a single month in franchise history. After scoring a pair in Thursday's 6-5 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, Laine has five multiple-goal games this season and 13 goals in his last six games.
His first goal Thursday was the 100th of Laine's NHL career. He is the fourth-youngest player in league history to reach that plateau, behind Wayne Gretzky, Jimmy Carson and Brian Bellows. He reached the milestone in only 179 games.
"I knew it was going to come eventually," Laine said to reporters following Thursday's win. "When you work hard, you're going to get it at some point. Good to get it out of the way and try to chase 200 (goals) now."
Despite Laine's productive month, the Jets (14-8-2) had the same record in November as in October, winning seven of 12 games (7-4-1). They've lost three of their last five games and have not won consecutive contests since a three-game winning streak Nov. 9-14.
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