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Jets have won five of their past six games against the Ducks

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

SHORE IN

Kevin Cheveldayoff has been active on the waiver wire this season and his latest find is Nick Shore from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Shore got a good look at his new team during the Jets 3-2 overtime loss in Dallas and now finds his way in the lineup. 

"You know coming to a new team having a chance to get on the ice with the guys it helps," said Shore after practice on Saturday.

"You know you kind of know people's tendencies just from playing against them and watching them but it can't really replace being on the ice with them."

CONTINUING GROWTH OF POOLMAN

A lot of attention has been paid to defenceman Neal Pionk with his steady play since the moment he stepped on the ice with the Jets following his off-season trade to Winnipeg. So it's easy to see why Tucker Poolman's improvement has flown under the radar. The 26-year-old continues to grow under the tutelage of Charlie Huddy and defence partner Josh Morrissey. He is playing in all the critical situations that comes with being with Morrissey and handling it well.

"The style of defensive game and I'm talking about the defencemen that we have here. What we've asked them to do, he's (Poolman) just built to do it," said Paul Maurice.

"Big, close the gap, can be physical if he needs to be and his outlet passes are getting better and better."

BUT WHAT ABOUT PIONK…

He has been outstanding. You can literally count on one hand the amount of tough games he has had and that has allowed Huddy to be comfortable to have either the Morrissey-Poolman or Pionk-and whomever to shut down the other teams best line. The analytics suggested that Pionk struggled last season with a Ranger club that was mailing it in to look to the future.

"He can hang onto the puck a little bit more because he has more support around him and there's some forwards up there that can do some things with the puck," said Maurice.

"His transition game has drastically improved just from an analytics point of view. His ability to transition the puck over last year is night and day."

CENTRAL DIVISION MOVEMENT

Blink and there is movement in the Central Division. Even though the Jets got three out of a possible four points from their home and home series with the Dallas Stars, they sit in the first wild card spot thanks to a Stars win on Saturday night over the red hot Islanders. Point being, it is going to be a heck of a ride in the NHL's most competitive division.  

JETS CAN PLAY ANY STYLE

A great example of this is the Jets last game with the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center. Anaheim tried to exert a physical tone to the game in the first period but the Jets weathered the storm and walked out of the building with an impressive 3-0 win over Anaheim. 

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