Activity Working day: Jets, Avs conclude year series

Make sure you catch the JetsTV Reside Pre-Game Clearly show with Jamie Thomas, Mitchell Clinton & Andy Janovich Jersey more beginning at 6:00pm CT right here on and the Jets mobile app, as well as YouTube and Facebook Stay.WINNIPEG – A familiar group of faces will face off against the Winnipeg Jets (33-15-9) tonight at Bell MTS Place.For the second time on a 10-game home stand for the Jets, the Colorado Avalanche (31-21-4) are in town, and for the second straight meeting between the two teams, the Avalanche will be without leading scorer Nathan MacKinnon.But that doesn’t change the difficulty of tonight’s Central Division match-up. The Avalanche are a desperate team, just two points back of a wildcard spot in the Western Conference.The Jets, meanwhile, are trying to build off a thrilling third period comeback – and eventual overtime win – over the Washington Capitals.”It made the last couple days a little bit more enjoyable. To have the positives outweigh the negatives, it was a good way to end that video game,” said Blake Wheeler. “Hopefully we get off to a good start tonight.” Video: PREGAME | Blake Wheeler The win improved the Jets’ record on the home stand to 4-2-1, and snapped a two-game skid on home ice.”Their whole group plays a very fast match. They’re consistent with it. They don’t come off it a whole lot. In the games we’ve played, and in the ones we’ve watched, they play a real patient, high-paced sport,” said head coach Paul Maurice, who says there are still areas he’d like to see his team improve after the win over the Capitals.”We spent yesterday talking about things that we have to get better at – beyond the Washington game and into the Rangers and St. Louis,” he said. “There’s an area of our activity that we’d like to see a great improvement. You get to keep that win for a while, and we want to keep that. Just look at the statistics from second period on leads and how daunting it is, how difficult it is in this league to come back when you’re down. Those are important belief builders in our room.”Video: PREGAME | Paul MauriceDustin Byfuglien and Connor Hellebuyck did not take part in this morning’s skate, but both practiced yesterday. With no formal line rushes this morning, this is how the lines looked on Thursday:Connor-Scheifele-WheelerPerreault-Little-RoslovicEhlers-Copp-LainePetan-Hendricks-ArmiaMorri sey-MyersEnstrom-ByfuglienChiarot-KulikovMathieu Perreault was moved to the line with Little and Roslovic midway through the game on Tuesday as a way to spark the offence. It worked, as that line got the Jets within a goal of the Capitals with 8:30 to go in the third.”He’s the fireman. We put him wherever we need help. He brings a consistent level, but a high level. He’s a really high level of identity hockey for our team,” said Maurice.”As Blake Wheeler is for the rest of the group in terms of intensity, Perreault is for being on the puck.”His ability to get on a puck, disrupt a breakout, then the tight turn and short area plays is O-zone time and O-zone creativity and an energy level. You play with Matty, the other two guys end up feeling good about their activity.”Video: PREGAME | Mathieu PerreaultJosh Morri sey, who had a chance to win the recreation Tuesday night in overtime just a minute before Tyler Myers sealed the two points, expects tonight’s battle to be just as close against an Avalanche team that has won two straight.”When he’s not in the line-up, just like when we didn’t have Scheif in the line-up, it’s a big lo s for them. In those situations, the rest of the group tries to step up,” said Josh Morri sey. “You have other guys that are getting more opportunity and more minutes. They’re going to try and step up and take over some of those minutes.”Colorado is a fast team, they play us really hard. All the games this year have been a pretty good battle between us and them. I expect more of that again tonight.”Jonathan Bernier will start in goal for the Avalanche, who are 4-3-0 without MacKinnon in their line-up.- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.comJETS Recreation NOTESTonight’s GameThe Winnipeg Jets continue their 2017-18 season tonight against the Colorado Avalanche…This is the eighth match of a franchise record 10-game homestand for the Jets…Winnipeg beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday night to end a two-game losing streak…Following tonight’s contest, Winnipeg welcomes Florida on Sunday, before playing the last of the 10 consecutive games at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday versus the LA Kings.Jets vs. Avalanche Notes- The Jets have points in nine of their last 10 games (6-1-3) against the Avalanche, including four of five games last period.- Three of the last seven games between the Jets and Avalanche have been decided in overtime – all of which the Jets have lost 3-2.- The Jets have outscored the Avalanche 29-20 in the last 10 meetings.- Winnipeg is 7-for-35 (20.0%) on the power play in its last 10 games against Colorado…The last time the Jets scored multiple power play goals against the Avalanche was Feb. 8/15 – a span of 12 games.OT ComebackTyler Myers scored at 2:35 of overtime on Tuesday night to give the Jets their second overtime win of the season…Winnipeg has now won two of their last three games decided in overtime…Overall this season, the Jets are 2-7 in games decided in overtime.Narrow MarginsTuesday’s victory was Winnipeg’s 12th one-goal win of the time…With a 12-1-9 record, the Jets have secured at least a point in 21 of the 22 games they have played that have been decided by one goal…Five of Winnipeg’s last seven wins have come by a sole goal.Killing ItThrough the first seven games of the homestand, the Jets have succe sfully killed off 17 of the 19 (89.5%) power play opportunities they’ve allowed…The Jets have killed off 11 consecutive power plays against and are 12-for-13 (92.3%) on the penalty kill in their last five games, which dates back to their 3-0 win over Colorado on Feb. 3…Winnipeg has risen to sixth in the NHL this season with an 82.9% succe s rate on the penalty kill…At home, the Jets are fifth in the NHL on the penalty kill at 86.0%.Against the CentralThe Jets are 8-6-2 against their Central Division foes this year and 27-14-4 dating back to last year…However, the Jets are 3-5-1 in their last nine games against the Central.The (Bell MTS) Place to BeTonight is the eighth game of a 10-game homestand for the Jets, the longest run of consecutive games on home ice in the history of the Jets/Thrashers franchise…Before this 10-game stretch at home, the longest homestand for the club was eight games from Feb. 17- Mar. 12/12 where the Jets went 5-1-2…Of the 10 Bell MTS Place contests during this run, Winnipeg plays six games against Western Conference opponents and four against the East…This is one of just two times this period that the Jets are home for more than three straight games at home (six games from Mar. 15-27).Scheif SnipesAfter mi sing 16 games due to injury, Mark Schiefele broke out offensively on Tuesday in his third video game since returning to the lineup by scoring twice and adding an a sist…His second goal of the recreation came shorthanded with 15 seconds left in the third period to force overtime…It was his second shorthanded goal of the year, as he also scored a man down Nov. 6/17 at DAL to seal a 4-1 win…Tuesday marked his seventh three-point activity of the season, which is one behind the league lead…Scheifele and Blake Wheeler are the only two NHLers that have exactly seven three-point-or-more games this year.Winner, WinnerTyler Myers netted the overtime winner on Tuesday for his sixth goal of the year and third game-winning goal…He is tied for fourth among NHL defencemen in game-winning goals…Prior to this season, Myers hadn’t scored a game-winning goal since the 2012-13 season. Wheeling and DealingCaptain Blake Wheeler registered his 47th a sist of the year on Sunday…He sits tied for third in the NHL in a sists…He’s one helper shy of matching the 48 a sists he had last season and five a sists away from matching his career-high 52 a sists from the 2015-16 year…Wheeler is on pace for 67 a sists this period, which would be two shy of Marc Savard’s franchise record 69 a sists during the 2005-06 season.Homestand LeadersBlake Wheeler (7A) leads the Jets during the homestand with seven points in seven games… Kyle Connor (3G, 3A) and Dustin Byfuglien (1G, 5A) have six points each and Connor and Laine lead the way with three goals apiece… Rookie Jack Roslovic has a team high plus-4 during the homestand and also has four points, including the first two a sists of his NHL career.Jets vs. Avalanche All-Time RecordsOverall: 20-10-10At Bell MTS Place: 9-2-1At Pepsi Center: 9-5-7

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