Jets back on their game, ready for tough battle with Wild: Maurice

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Adam Lowry was back at work today as the Winnipeg Jets prepared for their Tuesday night home game against the Minnesota Wild.

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Adam Lowry was back at work today as the Winnipeg Jets prepared for their Tuesday night home game against the Minnesota Wild.

The Jets held a short practice — just 25 minutes — today at the MTS Centre coming off their 5-3 home-ice win over Colorado on Sunday.

Lowry, who was ill, missed that game, causing Jets coach Paul Maurice to juggle the bottom two lines.

WAYNE GLOWACKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice raises the volume during a drill at the team's practice in the MTS Centre Monday in preparation for Tuesday night's games against the Minnesota Wild.

Today, Michael Frolik, Mathieu Perreault and Bryan Little were absent from the short practice but the coach said all will be ready and will play against the Wild on Tuesday.

Approaching the all-star game, Little had been absent from just about every practice and game-day skate, nursing an injury. But he appeared in a couple of skates just before the break, saying he was feeling much better.

“It’s a completely different (issue) and we don’t expect it to be a problem,” Maurice said of Little’s status.

There were no other injury news or updates on Monday. Jets winger Matt Halischuk, injured Jan. 29, has missed five games and is still going to be out four to six weeks, the coach said.

Asked this morning whether he thinks his team has recovered its game, having halted a six-game slide of 0-4-2, Maurice said he thought that was the case early last week.

“We still think the Vancouver game (an overtime loss last Tuesday) was the best of the three in terms of the level we had gotten to,” the coach said, his team now 1-0-2 in its last three. “I was comfortable. So yes, probably from a perspective outside our room. But the Vancouver game did it for me as long as we got back to it the next game and we did against Chicago.

“Then we did it again. Aside from building that confidence, the last three have been pretty darn good.”

Tuesday’s contest with the Wild, who have won five in a row, will bring the customary Central Division intensity, Maurice said.

The Wild are eight points back of the Jets, having played four fewer games.

“We’re in that range now where we’re hitting all the teams that are fighting for their lives and we’re in a group of teams that are not far enough off anybody to ever get comfortable so there will be lots of heat in that game tomorrow,” he said.

At just that moment, either Zach Bogosian or Mark Scheifele, who were playing ping-pong in the hallway between the dressing room and the MTS Centre media centre, let out a primal scream that all could hear.

“See, I’m torturing a guy each day so he stays ready,” the coach chuckled.

 

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

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