Just when you thought the Jets were starting to get healthy, Sunday afternoon Mathieu Perreault went down with what the team is treating as a concussion after he took a questionable hit from the Flyers Joel Farabee. The veteran forward will not suit up tonight for the Jets so Gabriel Bourque will move into Perreault's spot on the Adam Lowry line and Joona Luoto will come into the lineup and skate on the fourth line. The NHL announced on Monday that Farabee will serve a three-game suspension.
HOME FEELS LIKE HOME AGAIN
Don't look now but the Winnipeg Jets are starting to heat up on home ice. With four of their next five games at Bell MTS Place it looks like a glorious chance to make a move within the division. The Jets have won five straight at home and have scored three of more goals in all five of those victories outscoring their opponents 24-10. It feels like the 2017-18 campaign where the Jets owned teams whenever they came to town.
"We had those three straight losses at home (back in October) that skewed our record that I think was a function of the schedule we were running at the time," said Paul Maurice following practice on Monday.
"We had the defencemen out and Luca (Sbisa) hadn't come into our program so things changed a little bit there so we feel probably as good at home as we do on the road right now."
JETS ARE MORE THAN JUST TWO LINES
As much as you want to say the Wheeler and Scheifele lines are what drive the Winnipeg Jets right now but they are a three line club right now. The Lowry-Copp-Perreault trio has given Paul Maurice many options and Wheeler, Schefiele and Lowry provide a lot of size up the middle. Now the Jets can throw any of those three lines against the other team's best lines.
"One of the things that is happening is we have a real difference in style in the three lines and that changes the flow of the game too," said Maurice.
But for the other team, they don't see the same thing coming off the bench all the time. There's like a constant adjustment in terms of how you try to play those guys."
POWER PLAY WAKES UP
The Jets scored three power play goals against the Flyers Sunday afternoon with two of those man advantage goals coming during Joel Farabee's five minute major for interference on Perreault. It was the first time this season Winnipeg has had three power play goals in a game and the first time they have done so since February 2nd, 2019 when Jack Roslovic recorded his first NHL hat trick against the Anaheim Ducks.
ANOTHER TOUGH OPPONENT
If you look at the standings the Jets and Hurricanes share the exact same record at 20-11-2 heading into Tuesday night's action. Both teams sit third in their division and both are playing well at home and away right now.
"Just great sticks. So some games we really feel like we have to play fast and against Carolina we feel we need to be really quick," said Maurice about the Hurricanes.
"Their transition game you know by just what the analytics tell you everything goes to the net."