GET THAT WINNING AT HOME FEELING BACK
Nothing has come easily for the Winnipeg Jets this season especially at home where the wins have been hard to come by. Winnipeg hasn't won at Bell MTS Place since December 15th when they knocked off Philadelphia 7-3 going 0-4-1 since that night. With a three game homestand kicking off this afternoon against division rival Nashville and sitting on the outside looking in for a playoff spot, two points would be great.
With the Jets struggles at home, the challenge is large with this weeks home stand. On top of the Predators being here this afternoon. Tuesday they welcome the Vancouver Canucks who are 8-2 in their last ten games followed by the finale of the home stand against the Tampa Bay Lightning who are 10-0 in their last ten games and have really turned the corner after a slow start.
YOU CANT STOP HIM, YOU CAN ONLY HOPE TO CONTAIN HIM
Mark Scheifele has looked every bit like the All-Star player that he is sitting 12th in league scoring with 51 points (21G, 30A). Ordinarily, Scheifele's numbers have been impressive on home ice but this season he has 22 points at Bell MTS Place and 29 points away from home.
"There's things he's doing now with the puck that you're not sure you're seeing it," explained Paul Maurice.
"He seems to be shooting at slightly different angles. I think what's happened is he's taking on the responsibility that Blake (Wheeler) had when he was on that line of getting on the forecheck and being heavy down low and hanging onto pucks because he needs to for that line to operate well."
DIFFERENT COACH ON PREDS BENCH
After almost six years of going head to head against former Preds coach Peter Laviolette, Maurice will be coaching against new Nashville head coach John Hynes who was hired earlier this week, Hynes had 150 wins in four plus seasons with the New Jersey Devils.
"I don't think you can change that much that fast," said Maurice of Hynes putting his stamp on the Predators.
"If you're talking about a major system change it takes a while. But new coach comes in, it lets the pressure off right? It's good for the team, reset."
THOSE HIGH DANGER CHANCES
It's no secret that the Jets have been giving up high danger chances to the opposition for the majority of this season and it's been their goaltending that has bailed them out time and time again. Those chances against on the recent four game road trip out east has Maurice a little concerned.
"In saying that, it's a lot closer than you think because the block before that was even worse," said Maurice.
"Three games before Christmas and the three games coming after there was a lot of red there. We didn't like that."