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GAMEDAY: Jets vs Canucks

7:00 pm CT - TV: TSN 3; Radio: TSN 1290

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - After having 18 of their shots blocked in Sunday's loss to the Nashville Predators, Mark Scheifele has a simple solution to prevent that from happening tonight against the Vancouver Canucks - who are second in the NHL in blocked shots with 714.

"Just don't get your shot blocked."

Seems simple enough.

The Jets centre did expand on that idea, however.

"They get in the lanes," he said. "So it's a matter of changing it up a bit and making sure you're in the right spot to get that shot off."

That will be top of mind for the Jets (24-18-4) as they try to snap a six-game winless skid at Bell MTS Place, while the Canucks - who sit two points up on the Jets in the Western Conference standings - haven't beaten the Jets in the last nine match-ups.

Video: PREGAME | Paul Maurice

"They have depth and they're getting contributions all throughout their line-up. They have a pretty mobile back end that likes to get up in the rush. They have different ways they can hurt you," said Adam Lowry.

"It's important that we're ready to go and we get off to a good start and try to play with a lead. Last game, after the 15 minutes of the first period, we did a pretty good job of not giving up a whole lot and generating some chances. It's going to be important that we get back to that."

Winnipeg's line-up will look a bit different tonight than on Sunday.

Lowry won't have Andrew Copp on his left wing like usual, as Copp will now play with Nikolaj Ehlers and Blake Wheeler.

It's an opportunity for Copp and his roommate, Scheifele, is happy to see him get rewarded.

"He does everything so well. He skates powerfully. He plays north-south and has some good skill with the puck," said Scheifele. "It's the little plays, little areas of the game that a lot of people don't notice, that a guy like me would notice. I have a lot of appreciation for Andrew's game. We always enjoy getting a few seconds together when we play together. 

"He's a tough guy to take off the puck. He's a good player."

Video: PREGAME | Mark Scheifele

Jack Roslovic will join Lowry and Mathieu Perreault.

Head coach Paul Maurice explained what he hopes the new spot in the line-up will do for Roslovic.

"You bring a young guy in, you want him to be very aware of not every mistake but the things he needs to learn," said Maurice.

"Mistakes are going to happen on the ice. We don't want you to carry it into the next shift. If you're pushing as hard as you can and doing some of the hard details, the coaches will always forgive the mistakes that happen because they happen every night in every game that's played.

"That's part of this move is to relax him a little bit."

Video: PREGAME | Adam Lowry

Gabriel Bourque also stayed on the ice late after the pre-game skate with Jansen Harkins coming off earlier, meaning the 22-year-old Harkins could be back in the line-up for the first time since he played 8:30 in the shootout win over Toronto.

On defence, Luca Sbisa draws in after missing Sunday's game against Nashville with Tucker Poolman out for at least the remainder of the home stand.

"He's back and healthy. I think those two days were good for him. He'll be on the penalty kill," said Maurice, who couldn't confirm what the team's defensive pairs will look like until closer to game time.

"We still have some question marks in the line-up," he said.

As for the Canucks, they've won nine of their last 11 games to move into third spot in the Pacific Division.

Video: PREGAME | Mason Appleton

They're led up front by Elias Pettersson's 21 goals and 48 points. He's not the only threat, but Maurice believes Vancouver's greatest asset coming into the game is simply health.

"Every time we play them, they have six or seven guys out of their line-up. Their last couple of years, they've had a huge run of injuries that truly affected what they were capable of doing," Maurice said.

"But at that time, the younger players are learning the game and developing confidence. They start to age out of being younger - they're now older than we are - they've got some experience now. They added some experience and bite to their line-up."

Connor Hellebuyck is expected to start for the Jets, while Jacob Markstrom gets the call for Vancouver. Puck drop is set for 7 pm CT.

-- Mitchell Clinton,

Game Notes

The Winnipeg Jets continue a three-game homestand tonight with the middle game against the Vancouver Canucks...The Jets were shut out 1-0 by the Nashville Predators on Sunday on the first game of the homestand...Winnipeg plays their last home game before the all-star break on Friday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Last Game

Jan. 12 vs. NSH - 1-0 L

Jets Scorers: None

Predators Scorers: Turris (6)

Jets Goaltender: Connor Hellebuyck (31 sv, 1 ga)

Predators Goaltender: Juuse Saros (28 sv, 0 ga)

Jets PP: 0-for-2

Jets PK: 1-for-1

Recap: The Jets outshot the Predators 10-8 in the third period, but couldn't find the equalizer in a 1-0 loss on Sunday...Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves in a losing cause...Patrik Laine and Josh Morrissey led the Jets with five shots each...Neal Pionk led the Jets with six hits.

Three Stars: 1. Saros 2. Hellebuyck 3. Turris


Home, Sour Home

The Jets are winless in their past six home games, going 0-5-1...The winless streak comes after a five-game winning streak from Nov. 23-Dec. 15...The Jets have been outscored 28-13 on home ice during the winless streak, but outscored their opponents 24-10 during the five-game winning streak...Overall, the Jets are 10-10-2 at home this season, which ranks 28th in the NHL...Mark Scheifele leads the Jets in scoring at home with 22 points (11G, 11A) in 22 games...He's the only Jets player to surpass 20 points at home this season.

Narrow Margins

Winnipeg's past five games have been decided by one goal...The Jets are 14-4-4 in one-goal games this season, which is tied for the third most wins in the NHL.

High Event Seconds

The Jets are fifth in the NHL with 56 goals in second periods this season, while allowing the second most goals in second period with 58...Winnipeg is eighth in the NHL with 520 shots in second periods and have allowed the fifth most shots against in second periods with 544...Winnipeg has outscored their opposition 47-41 in third periods, which is their only period with a positive goal differential.

If I May Be So Forward...

Winnipeg has four forwards that have reached 40 points this season, which is only matched in the NHL by the Canucks...Jets forwards have accounted for 89.9% of the team's goals, which is third in the NHL, and 75.5% of the team's points, which ranks 11th...Winnipeg's forwards have scored 20 of the team's 21 game-winning goals this season.

Minute Loggers

Josh Morrissey and Neal Pionk each played more than 25 minutes in Sunday's game against Nashville...Pionk has played at least 25 minutes in three of his past five games...Pionk leads the Jets in ice time per game this season with 23:20, while Morrissey is second at 22:59...Pionk is playing more than two minutes more per game than he played last season.

January Leaders

Mark Scheifele (4G, 3A) leads the Jets in scoring January with seven points in six games...Scheifele has a 50% shooting percentage this month with four goals on eight shots...Kyle Connor (2G, 4A) and Blake Wheeler (1G, 5A) are also averaging a point per game with six points in six games.

Heating Up January

Despite the Jets scoring only eight goals (excluding shootouts) in his past four starts, goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has gone 2-1-1 with a 2.20 goals-against average and .933 save percentage...January has been one of the Hellebuyck's best months during this career with an all-time record of 22-13-4 with a 2.56 GAA And .919 SV% in the first month of the year.

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 (6) - Bitetto, Bourque, Brossoit, Kulikov, Letestu, Perreault

Waivers (3) - Dahlstrom, Sbisa, Shore

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