Match Day | Jets start six-game household stand tonight vs. Blackhawks


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Make sure to capture the JetsTV Are living Pre-Game Demonstrate with Jamie Thomas, Mitchell Clinton & more beginning at 6:00pm CT right here on WinnipegJets.com and the Jets mobile app, as well as YouTube and Facebook Are living.WINNIPEG – Sitting at 231 man games lost to injury heading into recreation 71 of the regular season, reinforcements are on the way for the Winnipeg Jets.With the Chicago Blackhawks in town to begin a six-game dwelling stand, the Jets will have Paul Stastny back in the line-up after he mi sed Tuesday’s lo s to Nashville.There is also a po sibility that defenceman Jacob Trouba could return, after mi sing 20 games with a lower-body injury.”It’s all signed off on by everybody. It was an ankle sprain, so he’s done the tweaks that you go through when you come back. He’s had those, he survived them,” said head coach Paul Maurice.”There’s no reason why he wouldn’t play. I just wanted him to get through the morning skate and see how he is. I’ll make that decision at match time tonight.” Video: PREGAME | Jacob Trouba Trouba has been skating since Feb. 26, after sustaining the injury in a shootout lo s to Anaheim just prior to the NHL All-Star weekend.”It’s not easy watching. We’ve done an excellent job filling a lot of injury holes that we’ve had. We’ve managed, which is the sign of a good team and good depth,” said Trouba. “I’m excited to get back and not really focus on anything exact, just play a simple match and just go out and play how I play.”I feel good. That’s going to be decided later if I’m ready to go.”Video: PREGAME | Paul MauriceAfter going 3-2-1 on the six-game road trip, four of the next 6 opponents the Jets will face hold down a playoff spot, while another (Anaheim) is only outside the playoff line due to a tiebreaker.The Blackhawks (30-32-8) are 14 points back of a wildcard spot in the Western Conference, but have won both of this season’s meetings against the Jets.”For us coming home now, six games, it’s a big chance for us to do some damage,” said Josh Morri sey. “We’re playing some tough teams all the way through this property stand. 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I want to make confident we pick the right games,” said Maurice.”Connor came into that Nashville video game and was so good. He feels strong, he feels right. We’re going to let him play until he feels that next one would be a good one for him to come out.”I’d like three or four (games for Comrie), three for sure by the end of the year. But we’ll see.”Blake Wheeler, who is tied for the league lead in a sists with 59,Sbelieves that while there are some moving parts in the line-up, all the Jets can focus on is who is in the line-up come 7 pm CT tonight.”With the amount of injuries we’ve dealt with, it’s not our full hockey team. I think our effort has been outstanding,” said Wheeler. “Whether or not that’s good enough, is going to depend on the night. It wasn’t good enough in Nashville, but I was as about as proud of our group as I’ve been all year.”We’re going to give it everything we’ve got tonight with the guys we’ve got in the line-up.”Video: PREGAME | Blake WheelerICE CHIPSWith Stastny’s return – and Trouba’s potential return – coming tonight, Maurice also gave updates on other injured Jets.Both Mark Scheifele (upper-body) and Adam Lowry (upper-body) will start to take contact in practice on Saturday. From there, Maurice and his staff will discu s a potential return for both centres.Toby Enstrom will not play tonight, but his return could be close as well. Maurice admits in Enstrom’s case, the coach is being “stubborn.”As for Dmitry Kulikov, who has mi sed the last three games with an upper-body injury, the update is le s clear.”We’re waiting for some inflammation to di sipate before we can get a good read on what we’re dealing with. It’ll be a few days before I have an answer,” said Maurice. “Sometimes the pictures you want to look at look differently two Laurie Boschman Jersey days later. That’s all. It might be ‘hey this is a good thing’ and away we go, and it might not.”Maurice also stated that Matt Hendricks will be out six to eight weeks due to a lower-body injury that caused him to leave the overtime lo s to Washington on Monday.- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.comJETS Game NOTESTonight’s GameThe Winnipeg Jets start off a six-game homestand tonight against the Central Division rival Chicago Blackhawks…The Jets are coming off a season-high six-game road trip that ended with a 3-1 lo s to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday…Winnipeg went 3-2-1 on the trip, winning the first three games and losing the last three contests…The homestand continues Sunday night against the Dallas Stars. Jets vs. Blackhawks Notes- Of the 12 games the Jets have remaining in the regular season, three are against the Blackhawks. – The Jets went 4-1 against the Blackhawks during the 2016-17 season, but have lost three in a row to Chicago…Winnipeg has been outscored 12-4 in the three lo ses.- The Jets are 21-for-22 (95.5%) on the penalty kill in their last seven games against Chicago and haven’t given up a power play goal against in three games.Magical Time of YearThe Jets magic number to clinch a playoff spot sits at 14…Based on points percentage, the projected points needed to make the playoffs in the Western Conference is 96 points, leaving the Jets four points shy of reaching that point total with 12 games remaining.Marching ForwardThe Jets are 4-2-1 to start the month of March…The Jets also had a strong March last season, going 8-5-1 in 14 games…Since relocating to Winnipeg in 2011, the Jets are 43-42-11 in the month of March…Newcomer Paul Stastny leads the Jets with 118 points (36G, 82A) in 141 career games in March, while Mark Scheifele has 43 points (19G, 24A) in 49 games in March during his career.Against the CentralThe Jets are 11-8-2 against their Central Division foes this season and 30-16-4 dating back to the start of 2016-17…The Jets have lost two straight games to Central Division teams after winning three in a row… Tonight is the second of three consecutive games against the Central…Blake Wheeler leads the NHL in points against Central Division teams with 29 points (8G, 21A) in 21 games.Production Drop OffThe Jets remain one of the highest scoring teams in the NHL this season with 228 goals scored and an average of 3.26 goals per video game, which are both fourth in the NHL…However, the Jets have gone 6 consecutive games scoring three goals or le s, which is their longest stretch of the season having not scored at least four goals in a video game…Winnipeg has scored four goals or more in a game 33 times this season, which is tied for third in the NHL, and have scored seven goals in a recreation a league-leading five times.Laine’s WorldPatrik Laine had five goals in three games last week to be named the NHL’s First Star of the Week on Monday and continued his point streak on Tuesday with an a sist against Nashville…Laine’s point streak is up to 13 games (16G, 7A), which is a franchise record and the longest active streak in the NHL…He has two separate goal scoring streaks of five and six games during the 13 contests and the Finnish winger has not gone three games without a goal since Jan. 2-7…Laine has 41 goals this season, which is second in the NHL, and 77 goals in his first two seasons, which leads the NHL since the start of last season…Laine’s 77 goals as a teenager is third-most in NHL history…And finally, Laine has scored Tucker Poolman Jersey or a sisted 12 of Winnipeg’s 17 goals during the month of March.A sists LeaderBlake Wheeler notched his 59th a sist of the season on Tuesday in Nashville…He’s tied for first in the NHL in a sists and needs 11 a sists in his last 12 games to set a franchise record for most a sists in a season…Wheeler also leads the NHL with 43 primary a sists.Shouldering the Offensive LoadSince acquiring Paul Stastny on Feb. 26, the line of Stastny, Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers scored 15 of the 22 goals the Jets have scored in the eight games…The trio tallied 11 of the 13 goals the Jets scored on the road trip…Aside from Laine’s point streak, Stastny has a point in five consecutive games played (1G, 5A), while Ehlers has 11 points (4G, 7A) in his last 10 games.Man-Games Lost Pile UpAfter getting through the first half of the season relatively healthy, the Jets have reached 231 man-games lost for the season…Last season, the Jets had 266 man-games lost through 70 games…In the first 41 games this season, Winnipeg had 75 man-games lost due to injury, giving the Jets 192 man-game lost in their last 29 games…Combined with the 355 man games lost last season, the Jets have 621 man-games lost during the last two seasons.Jets vs. Blackhawks All-Time RecordsOverall: 12-16-5At Bell MTS Place: 2-6-2At United Center: 8-7-1

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