CHICAGO, Illinois - The Winnipeg Jets were back at practice on Thursday afternoon in Chicago at the Blackhawks' practice facility, Johnny's IceHouse.
It was an up-tempo effort for 30 minutes that included injured forwards Adam Lowry and Brandon Tanev, who both wore the yellow non-contact jerseys along with Brendan Lemieux, who is not injured but joined the former two as they recover from their lower-body ailments.
"Lemieux [was wearing yellow] just so we had a line," said Head Coach Maurice after practice. "The other two, I don't have them going tomorrow. It was more for their legs than anything. They weren't shooting and passing like they normally would when they're at 100 per cent. So we will say 'no' for sure tomorrow, (and) we'll revisit it for (Minnesota on Saturday)."
Video: PRACTICE | Paul Maurice
Maurice was pleased with the way his players practiced after a day off in Chicago on Wednesday, which is a good sign with the back-to-back games with Central Division opponents coming up this weekend.
"We've only had a handful of games this year where we didn't like the pace of our game; Chicago at home (a 5-1 loss on Dec. 14) was definitely one of them, and part of it is because they make you look like that. They're a real quick hockey team."