The Winnipeg Jets took to the ice this morning ahead of their game against the Boston Bruins Thursday night at the MTS Centre.
The Jets (24-26-3) sit seven points back of the Colorado Avalanche for the last wildcard spot in the West Division, but they do have three games in hand on Colorado. The Bruins (28-19-6) hold on to the first wildcard spot in the East, but also have the same number of points as the Tampa Bay Lighting, the third seed in the Atlantic Division.
This is Boston's first in a six-game road trip. The Bruins are expected to be an angry and aggressive team Thursday night as they rebound from a 9-2 beating by the Los Angeles Kings at home on Tuesday. The Jets have won their last two games, which were on the road against Central Division opponents, but lost the last two home games before that to Dallas and Carolina.
After the morning skate, Jets head coach Paul Maurice attributed the club's success in the last two games to his team being just a little bit more focused in their efforts. He also talked about the settling effect on the locker room after Dustin Byfuglien re-signed on Monday.
Forward Blake Wheeler expects the Boston Bruins will come out with a good effort after getting embarrassed at home by the L.A. Kings on Tuesday.
Drew Stafford reflected on the trade from a year ago that had himself, Tyler Myers and Joel Armia land in Winnipeg from Buffalo in exchange for the Evander Kane.