MORRISSEY - POOLMAN
Since Jacob Trouba was dealt to the Rangers in the offseason, many wondered about who would play alongside Josh Morrissey for the 2019-20 campaign. Morrissey has had many defence partners so far this season but it looks like Tucker Poolman has become the main option.
"Josh is still growing his game and Tucker clearly is learning the NHL game," said Paul Maurice.
"Now it's just experience with each other and they'll start to learn what's most likely going to happen when they touch the puck."
LOWRY LINE EXCELLING
While the Scheifele and Wheeler lines are getting a lot of attention since the injury to Bryan Little, the Lowry line is quietly getting the job done as well. Andrew Copp scored the tying goal Sunday afternoon against the Stars and led the way with eight shots on goal for the Jets. Adam Lowry is dominating the faceoff circle and Mathieu Perreault has been steady for the trio that is consistently spending a lot of time in the offensive zone.
SCHEIFELE HEATING UP
The Jets centre got off to a quick start with 12 points in the team's first eight games, Schefiele was held to one point in the next five. Since the Jets separated Scheifele and Blake Wheeler for the last couple of games, the 26-year-old has two goals in two games and easily could have had a hat trick Sunday afternoon against the Stars.
SUCCESS AGAINST THE CENTRAL
It's early but the Jets are 3-0 against divisional opponents after Sunday afternoon's 3-2 overtime win over the Dallas Stars. Back on October 10th, Winnipeg beat Minnesota after not beating the Wild once in 2018-19, two nights after that they came back from 2-0 down on the road in Chicago to beat the Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime. A win over the Avs and Winnipeg has a chance to move into second spot in the division depending on what happens with the Predators who are in Vancouver Tuesday night.
AVS STILL DANGEROUS
Colorado comes into tonight's game having won two in a row after having lost five straight games. The Avalanche may be without Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen, Nikita Zadorov and starting goaltender Philipp Grubauer but still have Nathan MacKinnon. The Avalanche centre is a headache night after night for the opposition.
"Even if you get that time and space right, he still gets by you. He has a physical strength element that is so unusual at that rate of speed. Make sure then that if he does and he will beat that defender, beat that first guy that you've positioned off him to recover that you might get a second defender in there before he gets to the net," said Maurice.
"His acceleration from a stand still position is I think one of the best in the league."