A look at the stats from the 5-2 loss in game four.
A look at the stats from the 5-4 overtime loss in game three.
A look at the stats from the 2-1 loss in game two.
AT THE MORNING SKATE
ANAHEIM, California -- Mathieu Perreault is doing everything he can to get back in the line-up.
The forward was injured in game 81 of the regular season in Colorado. He was listed as a game time decision for Thursday’s series opener against Anaheim, but didn’t crack the line-up.
Now with game two set to go tonight at 9:30 pm CT at Honda Center, Perreault’s status remains the same: Game time decision.
“It felt pretty good this morning. We'll see what the coaches are thinking,” Perreault said. “I'm just trying to get ready to play a game, and if I'm in, I'm in. And if I'm not, I'll keep trying to get better.”
Perreault took the morning skate in Andrew Ladd’s place, skating alongside Bryan Little and Michael Frolik. Ladd is expected to play tonight against Anaheim. For maintenance purposes, Paul Maurice has kept Ladd off the ice in morning skates.
ANAHEIM, California -- During the push for the playoff spot the Winnipeg Jets earned this season, they had to rebound from some tough losses. It’s something they did well down the stretch, so following Thursday’s loss to Anaheim, Paul Maurice had a few one-liners ready for the media.
“I’m going to have a list of all the adjustments that we will make in our game printed out and handed out tomorrow morning,” he joked when asked about Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry’s combined seven points in game one. “They're good players so you can't be surprised when they do generate some offence over the course of the game… I was very comfortable with the volume of offence we gave up in the game.”
Mixed in with his remarks, Maurice said he liked how his team played in the 4-2 loss. With a number of players experiencing their first taste of the Stanley Cup playoffs, he felt the Jets handled the situation well.
“The result of the game wasn't hinged on experience,” he said. “We came out right. We came out, for a young team with little playoff experience, playing very well. I was happy with that, and now the series is on.”Read on...
A look at the stats from the 4-2 loss to Anaheim.
AT THE MORNING SKATE
ANAHEIM, California -- Chris Thorburn has been waiting a long time for tonight.
The veteran forward has played 603 regular season games, but none in the Stanley Cup playoffs. But tonight, that changes.
“I think if I would have made it every year it would still be as great. You train in the summer, and work all year for a chance to play for the Stanley Cup and make the playoffs,” he said. “It's exciting, but I don't want to get too awe struck but at the same time, just go out there and play hockey. That's what it really comes down to. It's hockey. I've been doing that my whole life, we've all been doing that, so just don't make it any harder than it has to be.
Coach Paul Maurice likes to see that excitement from Thorburn leading into game one of the Western Conference quarter final.
“That's what this is all about. A year of grinding, working, sweating, and competing to get to this. There's nothing but good things that happen for us in this game,” Maurice said after today’s morning skate. “There's going to be adversity and challenges. Those are all learning situations and we will have, guaranteed, more experience when we're done this playoff series and run than when we started.”
ORANGE COUNTY, California -- And then there was one.
Only one more night until the Winnipeg Jets begin their Stanley Cup playoff series with the Anaheim Ducks. So how is Bryan Little, a player with 556 regular season games under his belt, feeling before his first playoff appearance?
“I imagine I will be (feeling nerves) before the puck drops tomorrow,” he said. “But once the game starts and you get a couple shifts into it, I think I'll be fine.”
Little isn’t the only Jet who has waited a long time to play his first post season contest. Chris Thorburn and Toby Enstrom are in the same boat, having played 603 and 544 regular season games respectively.
“It's been a long time. The last four years have gone by really fast, but this team has been on an upswing. We've added some key guys and our young guys have played well down the stretch,” Little added. “There's that excitement from our fans and this dressing room that we've finally got to this point. Everyone is congratulating us. Everyone is celebrating. I think we enjoyed it for 24 hours and it's kind of back to work. Getting here is only one step of the process.”Read on...
A look at the stats from the 5-1 win over Calgary.
WINNIPEG -- Fifteen hours after he found out his team had clinched a playoff spot, Head Coach Paul Maurice met with the media at MTS Centre. Maurice, who had coached in his 1,200th career game in Thursday’s 1-0 shootout loss to Colorado, was still as proud of his players as he was minutes after learning the team’s fate.
“I’m happy for two groups. The players, especially, because they worked so darn hard this year, from training camp on out. You need a payoff for that,” he said. “I’m happy for them and I’m happy for all the people that have been here a lot longer than I have… There’s been a lot of effort spent this year and it’s good for that group to get a reward for their work.”
Even after coaching the Winnipeg Jets to their first playoff berth since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg, Maurice said his phone didn’t blow up with an overwhelming amount of congratulatory messages.
“I’ve probably got the lowest phone bill of anyone in the National Hockey League. I have some friends and some people that are pulling for the team, and then I had a bunch of numbers pop up,” he said. “Most of the people around you have a harder time dealing with the pressure that goes on, the anxiety, because they’re not working through it. They’re watching on TV. It’s harder for them, so there were a lot of relieved texts last night and this morning.”Read on...