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Jets are 2-2 against the Blackhawks this season

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets


After starting the month of February with a 4-0-1 record the Winnipeg Jets have dropped back-to-back games on home ice to the Rangers and Sharks respectively. In the two losses the Jets have fired 76 shots on goal but only have three goals to show for it. The team has to find different ways to score at this time of year.

"I think we're trying to make plays but we just have to get more pucks to the net," said Patrik Laine.

"We're not scoring if we're not shooting. We definitely need to get more shots to the net."


When you have injuries throughout your season, chances are a few players will be called upon to make their NHL debut. Tonight it is Andrei Chibisov's turn, the Russian is the sixth player to play in his first NHL game in 2019-20 for the Winnipeg Jets. He has 24 points in 48 games with the Manitoba Moose in his first season in North America.

"He's a big man, he moves well," said Paul Maurice.

"He's strong on the puck and he can shoot it well. What we don't know is how it's going to translate from a KHL, American League background."


Maurice also admitted there will be a fair amount of movement in his forward group, but would not get into the details after the Jets morning skate. A couple of possible changes could be Andrew Copp staying in the top six as a centre and Blake Wheeler moving back to his natural position on the wing.


The Jets last win came exactly a week ago at home against the Chicago Blackhawks which started with the visitors taking a 2-0 lead into the first intermission and Winnipeg taking over from there on route to a 5-2 victory.

"If we want to play the style of game that these guys are really good at, that was the first period. We're no good at that game," said Wheeler.

"I think if we're deliberate with what we're doing coming up the ice. We don't have to make magic every time coming across the red line. Make simple plays, play fast, play heavy. From there it gives us a chance."


Chicago is coming off an impressive 8-4 win at Calgary on Saturday night and got in late this morning to Winnipeg. However, before the game against the Flames on this five game road trip they had two days off. Because of that, Maurice doesn't feel there will be a tired Hawks team coming into Bell MTS Place this evening.

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