WINNIPEG - Nick Shore will make his Winnipeg Jets debut on Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks, just five days after being claimed off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs.
"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to get in tomorrow and make an impact," said Shore.
"Having played against them before, especially coming in here, it was a tough building to play in. I'm looking forward to being a part of that."
Video: PRACTICE | Paul Maurice
The 27-year-old skated between Joona Luoto and Logan Shaw during Saturday's 40-minute practice at Bell MTS Place.
With Shore going in, David Gustafsson will come out.
"I'm really happy with him," head coach Paul Maurice said of Gustafsson, who scored his first NHL goal on November 27 against San Jose.
"Positionally and his reads and all of those things are way above a 19-year-old. He doesn't make many mistakes in the defensive zone. But we're in the defensive zone an awful lot with the grouping. We need to get him out to the other end of the ice a little bit more."
That's the reasoning behind moving Shore in for Gustafsson.
Shore's average ice time with the Maple Leafs hovered around 9:13, which could be close to how his time on ice will shake out with the Jets.
"I like the way the top nine minutes spread out," said Maurice. "That group has to be effective in a low minute situation. Those guys are getting better. I just want to see the puck moved maybe a little differently. We have players coming back. So the competition is on."
Video: PRACTICE | Nick Shore
Shore has 21 games under his belt so far this season and three points, including a goal in his most recent outing this season on November 23 against his hometown Colorado Avalanche.
He watched Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars with a member of the Jets coaching staff to go over the subtle differences in systems between his former team and his new one.
"It's a couple of little tweaks with system stuff. Other than that, there's not much of a change," said Shore. "Anytime - coming to a new team - you have a chance to get on the ice with guys it helps. You kind of know people's tendencies just from playing against them and watching them. But it can't replace being on the ice with everybody."
The rest of the Jets line-up will remain unchanged from Thursday night, including Connor Hellebuyck getting the start in goal:
Adam Lowry was the Jets leader in even strength shot attempt percentage against the Stars (at 73.68 per cent according to Natural Stat Trick). He was also on the ice for three high-danger chances for as opposed to just one against in 16:47 of total ice time.
He felt the Jets (17-10-2) didn't change their game in the third period, when they rallied back from a two-goal deficit to force overtime.
"We have confidence in our ability. We know we have a lot of high-powered guys and we know we can score goals if we stick to what we're good at," said Lowry, who won 57 per cent of his face-offs against Dallas.
"I thought we just started to skate and get on pucks and make simple reads. It speeds our game up and forces them to make some decisions faster than they want to. You started to see that. We started to get a lot more pucks to the net and get more pucks back on our retrievals."
Video: PRACTICE | Adam Lowry
Sunday's game against the Ducks will conclude the three-game season series between the two clubs. Anaheim won the first match-up 7-4, while the Jets took the most recent one with a 3-0 shutout win on November 29.
"They have some big guys and they like to play below the goal line. They have some D that like to get up in the rush," Lowry said of the Ducks. "I think when we were in Anaheim we did a good job. We didn't let those guys get to the net, we were fast in transition. We used our speed to our advantage. That's going to be important that we try to do that tomorrow."
Puck drop for the matinee affair at Bell MTS Place is set for 2 pm CT.
Both Mason Appleton and Gabriel Bourque were full participants in Saturday's practice, however, neither will play tomorrow against Anaheim.
"Mason is cleared to play. Gabriel is cleared for contact and full conditioning. That's a six-week injury for Mason. I have to get him in some practices before I consider him," said Maurice. "I have to have a hole created for him, so some competition now."