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Change of plans

With game against Devils postponed, Jets hold practice Wednesday in New Jersey

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 / WinnipegJets.com

PRACTICE | Paul Maurice

PRACTICE | Paul Maurice

Head coach Paul Maurice talks with the media following Wednesday's practice in Jersey

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NEWARK, NJ - Any travel itinerary the Winnipeg Jets had with them for this road trip was rendered useless after the postponement of Tuesday's game against the New Jersey Devils.

While the game will eventually be made up on March 28 at Prudential Center, the change of schedule meant an early check out of the team hotel Tuesday morning.

Head coach Paul Maurice sees a silver lining in it all though.

"It's actually a lighter week for us. It gets rid of one of the back-to-backs," he said with a grin. "It drops us to 13 so we don't mind that."

Instead of those back-to-back games, the Jets stayed off the ice Tuesday, and set up a practice on Wednesday at the Barnabas Health Hockey House, the Devils' practice facility inside Prudential Center.

"You wake up in the morning, and you're getting ready to re-focus and get ready to play the Devils. Then find out early on that the game is going to be cancelled," said Adam Lowry. "You kind of have to shift your focus and regroup, use that day for rest. Today was a good practice day to get ready for the Islanders."

Video: PRACTICE | Adam Lowry

All this was due to a winter storm that blew through the northeast part of the United States, leaving seven inches of snow on the ground in New York, but up to 30 inches along the New York and Pennsylvania border.

"It's a casual Tuesday in Winnipeg," Marko Dano laughed. "It wasn't as bad as we thought it was going to be (where we were)."

Maurice has been through this before however -twice to be exact.

"It happens over time. We got snowed in in Denver for three days once, and we had three teams snowed in in Carolina for a weekend once," he said. "It's really not that big of a deal. We got to practice today."

The Jets used their 30-minute skate today to prepare for the New York Islanders, who they face Thursday night to conclude the road trip. The Isles won the season's only other meeting between the two teams back on New Year's Eve.

Video: PRACTICE | Jacob Trouba

"Outside of a few things we liked the way we played in Nashville," said Lowry. "I thought we played pretty hard and dictated the pace. They had a good push in the third and they flipped the game on us.

"The biggest thing with our team when we're attacking and creating chances off the rush, our feet are moving and we're really attacking with speed… I think it's good to get back in practice today with that mindset, and hopefully it stays with us tomorrow."

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Mark Scheifele isn't having the birthday he had planned today. The Jets' leading point producer missed practice today, and Maurice said the 24-year-old was feeling "under the weather."

Scheifele wasn't the only one missing, as Shawn Matthias also didn't skate.

"They're all probable," said Maurice. "Mark will play tomorrow. Shawn, we'll have to see how he feels tomorrow."

On a positive note, Marko Dano took part in practice after leaving the 5-4 overtime loss to Nashville following a hit from Ryan Ellis.

Jacob Trouba was also a participant in practice, but Maurice said he'll "wait to see how (Trouba) comes in tomorrow" before making a call on whether the defenceman will be available to play.

Video: PRACTICE | Marko Dano

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