THE BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS…
Even though the Jets have lost back-to-back games by a single goal, Paul Maurice was very pleased with the complete effort his team gave in the 2-1 loss to Boston on Friday night as compared to the 4-3 loss in Columbus before the All-Star break. The Jets coach even went as far as to say it was a blueprint that they can use to be successful in the final two and a half months of the season.
"Our offensive game was right, pucks to the net, better mentality there," said Maurice after Friday's game.
"Good fight, good heart, good bench. Proud of the way the hockey team played."
THE POWER PLAY
As tough as the loss was considering the effort, all Winnipeg needed was one power play opportunity to go right for them against the Bruins. They had six man advantages on the night and had some great looks especially Patrik Laine who had numerous shots go off the iron. Winnipeg had 12 shots on the power play, so they are moving the puck well but not getting the result they need. The Jets are 1-for-6 on the power play against the Blues in two meetings this season.
Just as the team starts to welcome back another player to the roster from the injured list ,the Jets lose another player. It's been the theme throughout the season. Last night, Mathieu Perreault took a hit and left the game against Boston with an upper body injury. The man games lost total is up to 209 in 2019-20 ahead of this evening's contest against the Blues.
Jets All-Star goaltender Connor Hellebuyck returns to the net and should be well rested. He didn't get the start in the team's final game before the break in Columbus and it was Laurent Brossoit once again versus the Bruins on Friday. So outside of participating in the Save Streak event and one period of the All-Star game in St. Louis, Hellebuyck has had his longest time off between starts this season.
ANOTHER CRACK AT THE CHAMPS
The Jets and Blues renew acquaintances tonight after playing a back-to-back at the end of December where St. Louis won both games that easily could have gone in the Jets favour. Considering the battle they showed against Boston, they should be more than ready to play against another heavy opponent who also played last night. On top of that, Alex Steen, son of former Jet Thomas will be playing in his 1,000th game this evening in the city where he was born. Maurice coached Steen for two seasons in Toronto in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
"He was a grinder with real good hands and real good offensive skill," said Maurice.
"He's had a wonderful career."