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Winnipeg has gone 3-1-1 in their past five road contests

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets


The Jets begin the day three points out of a wildcard spot in the Western Conference and are 4-5-1 in their last ten games. In an effort to spark some offence, Paul Maurice has flipped his centremen on his top two lines. Mark Scheifele will skate with Nikolaj Ehlers and Andrew Copp, Blake Wheeler moves between Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor.

"I don't think we've loved our offensive game here and our defensive game clearly," said Maurice after practice on Saturday.

"Don't want to leave it too long until you. Just need a spark there, some change to get some guys going."


Friday was arguably the Jets most one-sided loss in many ways so the key now is to put it behind them and move on to the next challenge which is the Blackhawks who are two points behind Winnipeg in the Central standings.

"We kind of preach about hard gap and being a tough team to play against and I don't think we were that last night," said Adam Lowry on Saturday.

"You kind of comeback and you look at the things you can really improve upon. I thought we can get up to speed and do those things in practice and try and turn the page in Chicago."


While the Jets special teams are plugging along quite well right now, the five-on-five play needs some work. If Winnipeg can get that up to the level they were playing during the month of November, it would go a long way into helping them get back into the hunt in the Central Division.

"We were competing at a five-on-five level just a whole hell of a lot harder," said Maurice of his teams play in November.

"Our power play was of little help for us that month and we were a five-on-five team, we weren't scoring on the power play, our penalty kill had gotten to a point our special teams were off the table."


The Jets have some extra bodies on this three game road trip by bringing the players moms with them. There was a team dinner Saturday night in Chicago and perhaps the moms will bring a little extra luck into the United Center tonight.

"They've done such an amazing job raising us and sacrificing their lives to allow us to pursue our dream when we were younger driving us to early morning practice," said Lowry.

"Missing out on a lot of activities while spending a lot of morning in rinks. A lot of early mornings, late nights and things like that. To kind of finally be able to share the experience of playing in the NHL with them, for them to kind of get a glimpse of what it's like for us to be on the road."


Hawks star forward Patrick Kane had four points the last time these two met and on top of that, Kane sits one point away from 1000 career points. 20,000 plus Chicago fans will be waiting for him to reach the magical milestone, the Jets will try to make sure he doesn't get it done tonight.

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