WINNIPEG - There isn't much time for the Winnipeg Jets (25-23-4) to wonder what could've been after a tough 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins last night.
In fact, less than 12 hours after the final buzzer, the team was back at Bell MTS Place preparing for tonight's tilt with the Central Division leading St. Louis Blues (31-13-8).
After holding an edge in shots on goal and a number of possession-based analytics against the Bruins - and not getting the result they wanted - Winnipeg's confidence isn't shaken.
"We have to stay positive. There is no chance that this is going to turn if we start getting down on ourselves and being negative. We know we have to start getting some points," said Nikolaj Ehlers, who had an assist in last night's game.
"For us this is like playoffs. You lose a game and you want to bounce back right away. Tonight we have to bounce back."
Video: PREGAME | Paul Maurice
It was an optional skate for the Jets this morning but in the mind of head coach Paul Maurice, the players all coming together for a meeting was important, especially given the frustration that could set in after doing so many things well the night before - 75 shot attempts, 21 hits, and an edge in the face-off circle.
"It's a really important day for us for that reason," said Maurice.
"What's important today is we see it. That we look at the things that were right. I'm not talking about the little plays, or the almost, or the posts. If you get 70-ish shot attempts in a game and sub out the special teams, five-on-five you're 1-0 against a real good defensive team that can score goals, your game is right. It's about modelling that now."
Maurice didn't have an update on the status of Mathieu Perreault, who left the game against the Bruins with an upper-body injury in the second period.
The Jets forward will get checked out today, so tonight's line-up is somewhat up the in the air. Logan Shaw is the only spare forward on the roster and Maurice said he wouldn't consider playing with 11 forwards and seven defencemen against the Blues tonight.
Video: PREGAME | Nikolaj Ehlers
Perreault finished the game with 1:50 of his 11:42 of ice time coming on the power play. Overall, Winnipeg's power play came up empty on six opportunities against the Bruins, firing 12 shots on goal.
It was another case of doing everything right - just not getting rewarded.
Neal Pionk had 8:24 of power play time in the loss to Boston, but doesn't feel the Jets need to make any sweeping changes on the man advantage.
"When you generate that many chances and get that many opportunities, something is going to fall. It might be ugly, it might not be pretty, but it will fall eventually," said Pionk, who felt the Jets did a number of things well on the power play.
"It's our battle level, our compete level, and a lot of communication between us. When those things are in place, you get the bounces that you want."
Both the Jets and the Blues are playing on back-to-back nights. St. Louis came up on the losing end of a 4-2 score in Edmonton against the Oilers Friday night.
Video: PREGAME | Neal Pionk
Jake Allen was between the pipes on Friday, which means Jordan Binnington will get the call tonight against fellow NHL All-Star Connor Hellebuyck.
Hellebuyck has a career 0.929 save percentage against the Blues, while Binnington has picked up both St. Louis victories against the Jets this season.
"Get some traffic in front of him," Ehlers said. "He's pretty good, but any goalie you get traffic in front of with a bunch of shots, they're going to let one or two in. We have to keep firing that puck."
Tonight's game will conclude the seventh of 10 sets of back-to-backs the Jets face this season. Overall, Winnipeg is 2-4-0 in the second game of those situations and now have three consecutive games against Central Division opponents coming up. It's a chance to snap the skid and gain valuable points in the playoff race.
"They're important for us. They're exciting games," said Ehlers. "This is how I think the rest of the regular season is going to look. That's pretty exciting. We're getting ready for the fight. We're ready for the fight. It's going to be exciting."
-- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.com
The Winnipeg Jets entertain the St. Louis Blues tonight in the second game in as many nights for each team...Winnipeg started a three-game homestand with a 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins last night...The Jets finish the homestand Tuesday against the Nashville Predators.
Jan. 31 vs. BOS - 2-1 L
Jets Scorers: Laine (18)
Bruins Scorers: Bergeron (22), Debrusk (16)
Jets Goaltender: Laurent Brossoit (23 sv, 2 ga)
Bruins Goaltender: Tuuka Rask (37 sv, 1 ga)
Jets PP: 0-for-6
Jets PK: 2-for-4
Recap: Patrik Laine opened the scoring in the first period, but the Jets lost 2-1 to the Boston Bruins last night...Laine led the Jets with 14 shot attempts, while Nikolaj Ehlers had a team best four hits...Laurent Brossoit stopped 23 of 25 shots in the loss, as the Jets outshot Boston 38-25 in the game and 26-10 in the second and third periods.
Three Stars: 1. Rask 2. Laine 3. Bergeron
READ THE GAME NOTES
Winnipeg is 11-12-2 at home this season and are in a stretch of nine of 10 games at Bell MTS Place...The Jets are 1-7-1 in their past nine home games after a five-game home winning streak between Nov. 23-Dec. 15...Winnipeg went 18-19-4 on home ice during the 2015-16 season, which is the only time since relocation the Jets have had a home record at or below .500 in a season...Mark Scheifele leads the Jets in scoring at home this season with 23 points (11G, 12A) in 25 games...Kyle Connor has a team-leading 12 goals.
The Jets racked up a season high 35 penalty minutes last night, which included three fighting majors and a 10 minute misconduct...Winnipeg has been one of the least penalized teams this season with an average of 7.4 penalty minutes per game, which is tied for sixth fewest in the NHL...Mark Scheifele leads the Jets in penalty minutes this season with 43, which is 35th in the NHL.
The Jets have 10 back-to-back sets this season, the seventh of which is this weekend...The Jets are 4-3-0 in the first and 2-4-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season...Four of the six wins have come in overtime or a shootout...The Jets have three back-to-back sets during the next 24 days...Winnipeg went 6-3-0 in the first game and 5-4-0 in the second game of back-to-backs last season.
The Jets have scored first in their past two games...Winnipeg is 17-8-0 this season when scoring first, which is 19th in the NHL this season.
The Jets are 1-7-0 in their past eight games, but have lost by one goal in four of the seven defeats...The Jets have six losses by one goal this season, which is tied for fifth in the NHL.
Goals Piling Up
Patrik Laine scored his 18th goal of the season last night...He has three goals in his past four games and six points (3G, 3A) in his past eight games...He needs two goals to reach 20 goals for the fourth consecutive season to start his NHL career...Laine is averaging .57 goals per game in February, which has been the second most productive month of his career.
Neal Pionk registered his 18th assist at home of the season last night, which continues to add on to his career high...All his points at home this season are assists...Eleven of his 18 assists at home have come on the power play.
Kyle Connor led the Jets in scoring in January with 12 points (5G, 7A) in 12 games...Mark Scheifele also had double digit points last month with 10 points (5G, 5A) in 12 games...Neal Pionk led the Jets with 42 hits in January, while Luca Sbisa had a team best 22 blocked shots.
How the Jets Were Built
Drafted (14) - Appleton, Connor, Copp, Ehlers, Harkins, Hellebuyck, Laine, Little, Lowry, Morrissey, Niku, Poolman, Scheifele, Roslovic
Trade (3) - Beaulieu, Pionk, Wheeler
Free Agency (8) - Bitetto, Bourque, Brossoit, Kulikov, Letestu, Perreault, Schilling, Shaw
Waivers (3) - Dahlstrom, Sbisa, Shore