Paul Maurice was thrilled with all the offence that came from his blueline against the Chicago Blackhawks, but he was most pleased with the performance of Josh Morrissey on Sunday night. The Jets coach said Morrissey played his best game of the season especially because he along with Tucker Poolman were tasked with shutting down Hawks stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Morrissey didn't end up on the scoresheet, but was on the ice in the final minute to help lock down a much needed two points.
"I thought it was a good game for me. Obviously a good game for the team as well. I think you know it was a big game in the standings and it's either I think ahead one point (of Chicago) or ahead five," said Morrissey.
"A big win for us and for me I've been trying to get better each game. It's what I've always tried to do my whole career and I feel like in the last little bit it's starting to come together."
CLASS OF 2015
If the Jets can get consistent performances from their third line like they did the other night, life gets a whole lot easier for Maurice. Jack Roslovic, Jansen Harkins and Mason Appleton combined for four points in the win over Chicago. It was a big night for three members of Winnipeg's impressive draft class of 2015.
"You need to get to the basics of the game and understand it and do it consistently," said Maurice Sunday night.
"They will have four or five shifts to look at on video where they got away from it. But they were very effective doing it."
HAVE TO GET SCHEIFELE GOING
After Mark Scheifele led the way atop the team scoring list for a substantial amount of time, Kyle Connor recently found himself at the top of that mountain. Scheifele has five assists in his last ten games while Connor has 12 points (5G, 7A) in that same stretch. At the start of the third on Sunday, Maurice reunited Scheifele with Blake Wheeler and Nikolaj Ehlers but said the swap was needed after the 'Hawks paired Kane with his old pal Toews.
700 FOR WHEELS
Blake Wheeler will play in his 700th game as a member of the Jets franchise tonight. He'll be the fourth member of the franchise to reach 700 games played, joining Bryan Little (843), Toby Enstrom (719), and Chris Thorburn (709).
IT'S THE JERSEY
Winnipeg will wear their aviator jersey tonight and that's a good thing for the Jets who have won five of their last six games in their third jerseys. In 2020, the Jets are 3-0 and have outscored their opponents 14-4.