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Thomas' Five Storylines - WPG @ FLA

Beginning tonight, the Jets play eight of 10 games on the road

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets


The Winnipeg Jets sit in the final wild card spot in the Western Conference and you would think a big part of that is because of their home record. For two years the Jets have relied on their dominance on home ice to get them to the postseason. Now even though their play at Bell MTS Place has improved as of late, Winnipeg's play away from home has been most impressive. The Jets are 5-3 on the road in 2019-20 and they've won games in different fashions. As they begin a four game road trip in Florida tonight and eight of their next ten on the road, they have confidence in their performance away from the home fans to work with.


Since the Jets put Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele on separate power play units three games ago, the results have been positive. The man advantage has scored in two of the three games and even though they failed to get on the board Tuesday against the Colorado Avalanche, there was some high quality opportunities.

"The opportunities they've generated have been solid. We're moving the puck quick," said Paul Maurice.

"Too many good players have to sit on the bench so we'd like them to get close to a minute each (of power play time) and driving. Opportunities and zone time are way up from where we started."


Tucker Poolman is starting to get more comfortable in the National Hockey League and with that you are noticing him attacking in the offensive end a lot more. The 26-year-old had one point in his first 11 games this season and now has three assists in his last six contests.

"Compared to preseason stuff, yeah maybe a little bit," said Poolman when asked if he feels he is attacking more.

"But if it's there I'm just trying to help out where I can so I'm not trying to force it."


Blake Wheeler not only has done a good job centering a line with Jack Roslovic and Nikolaj Ehlers who out chanced the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday night 14-5 at five-on-five. Since the shift to centre he has also been dominant in the faceoff circle going 26-for-41 (63.4%) in the dot, not bad for a natural winger.


For the first time since the 2017-18 season Paul Maurice will coach against Joel Quenneville and this time "Q" will be standing behind the bench of the Florida Panthers. Quenneville has the Panthers off to 9-4-5 start and both he and Maurice teams have come back from 4-0 down on the road to win 5-4 in a shootout. The Jets did it in their second game of the season at New Jersey, the Panthers pulled it off Tuesday night in Boston.

"I could probably name four or five teams in the NHL that I would say that if they had a 4-0 lead on you that you weren't coming back, Boston would be very close to the top of that list," said Maurice on Wednesday.

"It's a pretty skilled group that can come back from that."

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