The 29-37-6 Winnipeg Jets host the 27-32-12 Vancouver Canucks at the MTS Centre tonight in what could be a battle for the basement in the Western Conference. The Jets have 64 points and Vancouver is two points ahead with 66. The Edmonton Oilers are in the middle of the two clubs with 65 points and also play tonight against the Arizona Coyotes.
Both teams are in the midst of losing streaks. The Canucks have lost four straight games and the Jets haven't won in their last three games. A Jets loss tonight would keep the team in the basement of the Western Conference, while a Winnipeg win would complete the season series sweep of the Vancouver Canucks. If the Jets sweep the Canucks, it will be the team's third and last sweep of the year and the only one against a Western Conference team.
After the teams' morning skate, forward Blake Wheeler, who, with 10 games left in the season, is only six points away from beating his career-best season, said despite his personal achievements, the team's lack of success after last year's playoff appearance has left him feeling like this is the worst year of his career.
Jets bench boss Paul Maurice talked about giving Nic Petan a chance to play on the top line alongside Wheeler and Mark Scheifele. Maurice also confirmed that defenceman Toby Enstrom will be out indefinitely as he is undergoing knee surgery on Thursday.
Drew Stafford thought the team played well against Anaheim on Sunday. Anaheim is sitting in second in the Pacific Division and poised for a playoff run this post-season, and Stafford said the Jets' pace was up against the Ducks, and they were quicker on the puck.