WINNIPEG - Tuesday morning brought good news and bad news for the Winnipeg Jets.
The bad news is that Ben Chiarot is now day-to-day with a lower-body injury and won't play tonight against the Vegas Golden Knights (28-16-4).
Tyler Myers - who has missed the last couple of games with a lower-body injury of his own - is a different story.
"Set to Jet, MacGruber," said Myers with a grin after this morning's skate, indicating he feels good enough to return to the line-up tonight.
"We're doing well, they're doing well. It's going to be a good, fast game tonight," he said. "Whoever plays for the full 60 is probably going to win this game. We have to stay consistent."
Video: PREGAME | Paul Maurice
In head coach Paul Maurice's mind, getting the 6'7" defenceman back is important, given what he expects from the Golden Knights who are 8-1-1 in their last 10 games.
"His ability to move the puck, (there is a) fairly heavy forecheck here," said Maurice. "His range with his stick - they run a lot of crossing plays coming through into the neutral zone. So we need that big long stick of his."
Blake Wheeler didn't participate in Winnipeg's morning skate, but will be in the line-up. With Myers back in, the Jets (29-14-2) line-up is expected to look like this:
Laurent Brossoit will get the start in goal. In his last start, Brossoit made 33 saves in a 4-2 Jets victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
The 25-year-old is 9-1-1 this season with a 0.939 save percentage.
"We had run Connor (Hellebuyck)( for a bunch of games. So we're looking for an evening out of the schedule and his play dictated he should get back in sooner rather than later," Maurice said of Brossoit, who is 6-0-0, with a 0.930 save percentage in his last six starts.
"We made the decision to do that early, or we get into nine in 16 here now. Again, at the end of the day his performance is a driver for those decisions. We loved the way he's played. We thought it would be a good night for him."
Video: PREGAME | Mark Scheifele
It's the first of three meetings between the Jets and Golden Knights this season. But tonight's tilt at Bell MTS Place is the first meeting since the 2018 Western Conference Final, which the Golden Knights won in five games.
"I'm sure they, like us, like when there is a game on their calendar that's not the same as the other two or three," said Maurice. "The Central Division games for us, we're in a block of those now, the team that beat us in the Conference Final, there should be extra energy for us in that game."
Adding to the intrigue of tonight's game is Paul Stastny, who came to the Jets at last season's trade deadline and was with the team into the Western Conference Final, is now with Vegas after signing there in the off-season.
"He did a lot for this team when he was here last year. He was a big part of it," said Bryan Little.
"It was tough to see him go, but you're always keeping track of those guys when they move on to different teams."
Video: PREGAME | Bryan Little
Coming off the 4-3 overtime win over the Anaheim Ducks, Mark Scheifele - who extended his point streak to five in that victory - expects a different style of game tonight against Vegas.
"Vegas has been rolling lately and feeling good," said Scheifele of the Golden Knights, who hold down third spot in the Pacific Division standings.
"We know Vegas plays fast and they have some guys that can make you pay when you give them the chance. For us, we have to play our game. We have to focus on what the Winnipeg Jets do the best. If we do that for 60 minutes, we're a tough team to beat."
Puck drop is set for 7 pm CT.
-- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.com
The Winnipeg Jets play their last home game before the player/all-star break tonight against the Vegas Golden Knights...The Jets defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 in overtime on Sunday night to improve to 2-0 during the three-game homestand...After tonight, the Jets play a pair of road games before the break - Thursday against the Nashville Predators and Saturday against the Dallas Stars.
Winnipeg has won four consecutive games and eight of their last 10 contests at Bell MTS Place to improve to 17-6-2 at home this season...It's the second time this season the Jets have won four straight games at home...The Jets have the second most wins and are tied for the second most points at home in the NHL...The Jets have the best power play at home in the NHL this season at 36.5%...Winnipeg's 27 power play goals at home this season are first in the NHL...The Jets are 14-for-32 (43.8%) on the power play in their past 10 home games and have scored 14 of their past 15 power play goals on home ice...The Jets have a 49-13-4 record at Bell MTS Place during the past two seasons, making it the toughest building in the NHL for opposing teams to play...The Jets have scored 95 goals at home this season, which is third in the NHL, and have outscored their opposition 81-42 in their 17 wins.
The Jets improved to 6-1 in games decided in overtime with Sunday's win, including 4-1 at home...After losing 5-4 to the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 16, the Jets have won six consecutive overtime games, which is the longest overtime winning streak since relocation...The franchise record for most consecutive wins in games decided in overtime is nine games from Mar. 16/07-Feb. 9/08...Mark Scheifele leads the Jets with five overtime points (3G, 2A) this season.
The Jets are in the midst of nine games (4-2-0) in 16 days leading into the player and all-star break from Jan. 20-27...After the all-star break, the Jets also have a busy schedule with 11 games in 20 days.
Party in the Pacific
The Jets are 9-3-1 against Pacific Division opponents this season and have won four of the past five games...Winnipeg was a dominant 17-4-2 against Pacific Division foes last season and are on an 19-4-3 run in their last 26 games versus the Pacific...Mark Scheifele (5G, 8A) leads the Jets in scoring against the Pacific Division this season with 13 points in 13 games.
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Bryan Little is in his most productive month of the season with seven points (4G, 3A) in six games, which has surpassed the six points (2G, 4A) in 15 games he had in December...He has scored four of his 10 goals on the season this month and has a 40% shooting percentage...Little has scored the game-winning goal for the Jets in back-to-back games.
Defenceman Jacob Trouba assisted Bryan Little's overtime goal on Sunday and has seven points in his past six games...It's been his most productive stretch of the season and comes after he had one point in his previous 13 games...Trouba leads the Jets in average ice time in January with 25:15 and has played 16:20 on the power play in his last four games.
Trio of Streakers
The Jets have three players on five-game point streaks...Mark Scheifele (2G, 5A) and Bryan Little (4G, 3A) have seven points in the past five games, while Brandon Tanev (2G, 3A) has five points.
Closing in on 50
Blake Wheeler, who has scored in back-to-back games for the first time this season, needs one more assist to reach 50 assists for the second consecutive season and third time in the past four seasons...Wheeler holds the franchise record for career assists with 372...His 217 assists during the past four seasons are the most in the NHL...Of the nine goals Wheeler has scored this season, four have come in his past seven games.
Jets forwards Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele have been selected to represent the Jets as members of the Central Division team at the 2019 NHL All-Star Game...Wheeler, who is making his second consecutive all-star appearance, leads the Jets in points (58) and also leads the Jets and ranks tied for second in the NHL in assists (49)...Scheifele is making his first all-star appearance...He is second on the Jets in goals (24), assists (32) and points (56) ...He is also in the top 15 in the NHL in goals and points...Head coach Paul Maurice has been selected as the head coach of the Central Division team, based on the Jets being in first place in the Central Division at the midway point of the season.