The 26-21-4 Winnipeg Jets take on the 35-19-8 Florida Panthers Tuesday night at the MTS Centre in downtown Winnipeg. The Panthers come in trying to hold onto the top spot in the Atlantic Division while the Jets are the third worst team in the league, ahead of only the Edmonton Oilers and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Panthers were a busy team leading up to the NHL trade deadline, acquiring defenceman Jakub Kindl from the Detroit Red Wings, forward Teddy Purcell from the Oilers and Jiri Hudler from the Calgary Flames.
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After their morning skate, Jets head coach Paul Maurice said he expects the Panthers, with all their new additions, will be a dangerous team. Maurice also gave a quick update on Mathieu Perreault — he's a new dad and his wife and baby are both healthy. The team gave Perreault the morning skate off but he's expected to play in Tuesday night's game.
Defenceman Jacob Trouba said the team still has a lot of games left and with the heavy home schedule this month, the team would like to get an early run in the win column.
Mark Scheifele talked about the extra workload for him with the injury to Bryan Little, saying he is taking the challenge with pride.