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GAME DAY: Jets vs. Wild - Game 5

6:30pm CT - TV: Sportsnet; Radio: TSN 1290

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - Friday's morning skate had a bit of good news, and some bad news for the Winnipeg Jets.

The bad news was known yesterday, as Josh Morrissey will miss tonight's Game Five against the Minnesota Wild as he serves a one-game suspension.

But the good news is that not only did Tyler Myers take the morning skate - the first time he's been on the ice since his injury in Game Three - but he felt good doing it.

"I feel pretty good. I stepped out there this morning and all things were going pretty well," said Myers.

"I just remember it being an awkward play. I haven't put too much thought into it. Just trying to focus on tonight, trying to get back to feeling good again the last couple days, and I did that. Now we'll try to get a win here."

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Today on JetsTV Live | Apr. 20

Coverage starts at 9:45 am CT across all digital platforms

by JetsTV Staff @NHLJets / WinnipegJets.com

The series between the Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild has shifted to Bell MTS Place, and the JetsTV Live Pre-Game Show has everything fans need to get set for Game Five.

Starting at 9:45 am CT, Host and Insider Jamie Thomas sets the stage from the Jets morning skate with a look back at the two games in Minnesota, with Winnipeg picking up a crucial 2-0 win in Game Four on Tuesday.

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Jets' depth to be tested once more without Morrissey in Game 5

Morrissey received one-game suspension for cross-check in Game 4

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / WinnipegJets.com

Video: PRACTICE | JetsTV Panel

WINNIPEG - If the Winnipeg Jets are going to win their first playoff series in franchise history on Friday night, they will have to do it without one of their top defencemen.

Josh Morrissey was given a one-game suspension on Wednesday for cross-checking Minnesota forward Eric Staal back in Game 4 of the series. Head Coach Paul Maurice believes there should have been a penalty called during the game, but was disappointed that Morrissey got a game.

"There wouldn't be a coach in the NHL that had a guy taken out of his lineup that wouldn't (be disappointed)," Maurice said. "Josh has played two years in the league and I think he's had two cross-checking penalties. One of them was coincidental, so it's not his game. But it's dealt with and over."

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Niku just one of the options on Jets blue line for Game 5

Finnish blue liner named AHL's Best Defenceman in 2017-18 season

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - With the NHL's Department of Player Safety ruling that Winnipeg Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey will be suspended for Game 5 of the First Round series against the Minnesota Wild, Head Coach Paul Maurice has a decision to make on the blue line.

While he wouldn't rule out Tyler Myers' availability for Friday's potential series-clinching game, Sami Niku's one game of NHL experience is now even more valuable.

Niku was recalled from the Manitoba Moose prior to Game 4. The 21-year-old Finnish defenceman didn't play, and was re-assigned to the AHL affiliate Wednesday with the Jets staying off the ice.

He was recalled on Thursday morning, and could possibly make his Stanley Cup Playoff debut just over two weeks after making his NHL debut in Montreal against the Canadiens.

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Maurice comments on Morrissey

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - It was the play that had the hockey world talking, but for all the wrong reasons if you're Winnipeg Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey.

During a penalty kill late in the first period of Tuesday's 2-0 Game 4 win at Minnesota's Xcel Energy Center, Morrissey cross-checked Wild forward Eric Staal up high across the head, leaving many to wonder - and debate - if the 23-year-old will be available for Game 5.

There was no call on the play and Staal was thankfully not injured, finishing the night with more than 20 minutes of ice time to lead all Minnesota forwards.

Morrissey will have a telephone hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety at 2:30pm CT and could face a fine, suspension or nothing at all, considering he has no prior history and is one of the cleanest players on the Jets' roster. 

Head Coach Paul Maurice said he would be surprised if there was a suspension, adding there was "no intent" on Morrissey's part, unlike some of the other plays that have transpired over the course of the series and have gone unpunished.

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Jets stay off the ice Wednesday after splitting games in Minnesota

Game Five set for 6:30 pm CT on Friday at Bell MTS Place

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - With two days until Game Five, the Winnipeg Jets took the opportunity to take a day off the ice on Wednesday. It was well-earned, as the Jets took a 3-1 series lead with Tuesday's 2-0 win in Minnesota against the Wild.

It's the first time since the best-of-seven set began back on Apr. 11 that there is more than one day between games.

"Neither team really changes their routine a whole lot. Rest is good. We'll see a really fast game," said head coach Paul Maurice. "It has been a pretty physical series. It's certainly been a fast series. It'll make for a better hockey game, throwing a two-day block into any playoff series, I think the next game out will be really high energy."

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Winnipeg Whiteout Street Party Getting Bigger

Street Party site expanding onto Graham Avenue, five screens to watch the game live

by Winnipeg Jets Press Release @WpgJetsPR / WinnipegJets.com

The next Winnipeg Whiteout Street Party will start this Friday at 4:30 p.m., and it will be the biggest event so far.

An additional television screen, expanded venue, and additional vendors and washrooms are all being incorporated into the April 20 event date. Increasing the capacity of the venue by over 50% will allow even more Winnipeggers to celebrate their hockey team and their city.

Additional entry and exit points will allow for greater site access and movement, including new entry points on Graham and Hargrave, as well as Graham and Smith. This is in addition to existing entry points at Portage and Donald, and St. Mary and Donald.

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Scheifele scores twice, Hellebuyck earns shutout as Jets blank Wild

Jets earn split in Minnesota, lead best-of-seven series 3-1

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Connor Hellebuyck has always believed in what he calls 'the bounce back game.'

Game 4 was exactly that for the Winnipeg Jets goaltender, as he made 30 saves for the first Stanley Cup Playoffs shutout in franchise history, as the Jets blanked the Wild 2-0.

Video: POSTGAME | JetsTV Road Report

The effort came just two nights after Hellebuyck was pulled in Game Three, after allowing six goals on 22 shots.

"I thought the guys played really well in front of me tonight," said Hellebuyck, who didn't change his routine after Game Three.

"Every time you get scored on, you get better from it. I'll look back and prepare the same way. There's no differences in my game.

"I thought we stuck to our game very well, and that was the difference tonight."

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Hellebuyck named as finalist for Vezina Trophy

24-year-old shared the NHL lead in wins with 44 and was third in the league in shutouts (6)

by Winnipeg Jets Press Release @WpgJetsPR / WinnipegJets.com

Winnipeg, MB -- The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, announced that Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck is among the three finalists for the 2017-18 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL's top goaltender.

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Poolman ready should his name be called for Game 4

Defenceman played 24 games for the Jets in the regular season

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / WinnipegJets.com

ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Tuesday morning Jets head coach Paul Maurice was his secretive self about the status of Tyler Myers, saying the defenceman is a game time decision for Game 4. 

Should Myers not go, Tucker Poolman could be making his Stanley Cup Playoff debut against the Minnesota Wild. Poolman skated alongside Ben Chiarot during the morning skate at Xcel Energy Center and that meant being surrounded by media following practice. 

"Game-time decision," said Poolman when asked about what his role would be for Game 4. "Be ready, I guess."

Chiarot and Poolman have been paired together during the regular season and that should help the rookie calm his nerves.

"I played a good amount of games with Benny," said Poolman. "I'm sure that will be good for me."

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