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Expect Jets to look a lot like they did in beating Nashville
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ST. LOUIS — Paul Maurice liked what he saw on Saturday night so expect no changes when the Jets face the St. Louis Blues tonight in Missouri.
“I went back and watched the video (of Saturday’s 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators) and usually when I do that we’re never as good or as bad as I thought we were after the game,” said Jets coach Paul Maurice. “I had a pretty high opinion of how we played and after watching the video it didn’t change. It was one of our best games of the season in a lot of ways.”
Maurice confirmed centre Bryan Little would not be available to the Jets tonight and he used the same lines in practice as he did Saturday night in Nashville.
Forward Matt Halischuk took part in Monday’s practice and appears close to returning. Maurice wouldn’t rule him out him to return later on this four-game road trip.
Maurice was asked when he planned on using goalie Ondrej Pavelec again but would only say, “I have a plan, kind of, in my head.”
Rookie Michael Hutchinson has started six straight and 13 of the last 17 for the Jets and with the club in a battle for a post-season berth it seems unlikely Maurice will stray from what’s been working.
Hutchinson has picked up points in nine of his last 10 starts.
Hutchinson currently leads all rookie goaltenders with 20 wins on the season. He has a record of 20-8-5 with a 2.30 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.
Magic Mike: Forward Michael Frolik opened the scoring in Nashville and stretched his current points streak to a career-best six straight games (4G, 2A). Frolik is approaching the Jets longest streak of the season of eight games by Mathieu Perreault.
Mr. Myers: Tyler Myers had an assist against the Preds and now has two goals and eight points in 10 games wearing a Jets jersey. Myers led all Jets in ice time on Saturday night playing 26:08 and was used in all situations and often against Nasvhille’s top forwards. He’s moved into the No. 1 D role with the Jets now that Dustin Byfgulien is out with an upper body injury.
Road hots: The Jets are now 16-10-7 on the road and have earned 39 points earned away from Winnipeg, which is the second best in the Central Division just behind the Blues at 41 points. Winnipeg has a 7-2-2 record on the road against Central Division opponents.
Wheeling Wheeler: Blake Wheeler has four points (2G, 2A) in three games since returning from injury. Wheeler has 10 goals and 30 assists on the season. That assist total is just one back of team leader Andrew Ladd.
On the dot: Centre Jim Slater leads all NHL centres in five-on-five faceoffs at 62.7 per cent and holds an overall faceoff percentage of 57.3 per cent. Slater moved up in the Jets lineup with Little out and centred the third line between Jiri Tlusty and Lee Stempniak against Nasvhille.
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