A closer look at the stats from the 5-3 loss to Colorado.
AT THE MORNING SKATE
DENVER, Colorado -- A road trip through three different cities in three different time zones wraps up in Colorado tonight for the Winnipeg Jets.
Fresh off a 3-1 win in Minnesota on Friday, the Jets will play the second game of a back-to-back situation for the fifth time this season when they take on the Avalanche (8-13-1) for the second time in five days.
“We know how they play. We know how we have to play against them. We have to play like we did yesterday,” said Nikolaj Ehlers, who had a goal in the win over the Wild. “We played a really good game, we played hard, we played fast.”
The Jets held the Wild to 15 shots on goal in Friday’s win, the least they’ve allowed all season. When head coach Paul Maurice watched the game on video during the flight to Denver, he liked what he saw.Read on...
A closer look at the stats from the 3-1 win over Minnesota.
AT THURSDAY'S PRACTICE
ST. PAUL, Minnesota -- Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice may have seen some positives in the 5-3 loss to Washington on Wednesday, but says that doesn’t mean the team is ignoring what led to their opponents skating away with the two points.
“When I say there were good things or positive things, that’s not the end of the discussion here. We’re dealing with the things that need to be dealt with,” said Maurice. “When we can get the volume of our negative play and the volume of our positive play at the right levels, we’ll start winning more games.”
Following that loss, captain Andrew Ladd spoke of the Jets’ need to find “another level.” The first chance to do that comes against the Minnesota Wild (11-6-3), a Central Division opponent sitting just three points ahead of the Jets.
Mathieu Perreault characterized the previous two meetings with the Wild this season as being unusual.
“A lot of goals, which is unusual for games against (Minnesota). Usually there’s not a whole lot of room,” said Perrault, who scored his second of the season in Wednesday’s game. “I don’t know if we can take a whole lot from those games. Right now we’re working on trying to be better defensively, and that’s what we’re going to do tomorrow.”Read on...
A closer look at the stats from the 5-3 loss to Washington.
AT THE MORNING SKATE
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For Mathieu Perreault, it’s always special coming back to Washington, DC.
“Last year I wasn’t here for the trip, I was hurt. So I’ve only been back once when I was in Anaheim,” said Perreault. “It’s always exciting to come back to the building you’ve played in. Last time there were a lot of people with Perreault jerseys around the glass when I was in Anaheim so it was fun.”
The Drummondville, QC native was drafted by Washington in 2006, and played for the Capitals from 2009-2013. Then, after one season in Anaheim, Perreault signed with the Winnipeg Jets to begin the 2014-2015 season.
Now, sitting third in Jets scoring through 22 games, Perreault says the key to beating Washington, isn’t only to stop Alexander Ovechkin.Read on...
A closer look at the stats from the 4-1 loss to Colorado.
AT THE MORNING SKATE
WINNIPEG -- A hockey rink may be 200 feet by 85 feet. But the Winnipeg Jets got some news that will change how the roster looks in an 8 by 6 section of it: their own goal crease.
Head coach Paul Maurice announced Ondrej Pavelec’s injury, sustained in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Arizona, will keep the 28-year-old out of the crease, and the line-up, until January or February.
“The window of recovery on these is harder to pin down on goaltenders than it is on skaters,” said Maurice of Pavelec’s “significant” knee sprain. “It’s a wider window because it’s a goaltender. He’s not getting back in an NHL net until he’s 100 percent.”
With Pavelec injured and only 12 forwards on the roster, the Jets made a pair of roster moves leading up to tonight’s game against the Colorado Avalanche. Connor Hellebuyck was called up yesterday to fill the vacant goaltending spot (with Pavelec placed on injured reserve), and forward Joel Armia was recalled from the Manitoba Moose prior to the Jets morning skate today.Read on...
WINNIPEG -- One day after Ondrej Pavelec suffered a lower-body injury, head coach Paul Maurice said he still doesn’t have an update on the Winnipeg Jets netminder’s status.
“We’re still gathering information,” Maurice said. “I can tell you he won’t be in the line-up tomorrow to play or to back up.”
Pavelec’s injury came with 4:46 remaining in the second period of Saturday’s 3-2 win over Arizona. The 28-year-old was involved in a collision with Coyotes forward Shane Doan, who was assessed a goaltender interference penalty.
After finishing the period, Pavelec didn’t return for the third period.
“I don’t think it was intentional. I really don’t. This game happens so fast, and those are two big, strong men going to the net. To be honest with you, I’m a bit surprised it doesn’t happen more often,” said Maurice. “But I also think the forwards do as good of a job as they can of staying out of that situation. It’s unfortunate, but I’m not looking for a pound of flesh.”Read on...