The Winnipeg Jets secured third place in the divisional standings Tuesday night with their 5-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks. As a result, the Jets are set to play the Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the playoffs, scheduled to begin May 19th in Edmonton.
As we all get excited about the postseason, the Winnipeg Jets still have one last regular-season game tonight as they host the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’s likely that the Leafs will be using this opportunity to rest many of their players, given that the outcome of this game has zero effect on the postseason.
That said, the Jets should enter this game with a very high-intensity playoff mindset. If they can create some energy and build some momentum heading into the series against the Edmonton Oilers, it will pay massive dividends for the Jets.
Tucker Poolman was skating in a non-contact jersey. Also, Andrew Copp did not skate and will not be playing tonight. Connor Hellebuyck will indeed be the starter tonight, as head coach Paul Maurice stated during his media availability.
April 14th and 15th was the last time the Winnipeg Jets won two games in a row, beating the Ottawa Senators 3-2 at Canadian Tire Center and winning 5-2 against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. Here’s hoping that coming off of that 5-0 routing of the Vancouver Canucks will help the Jets forget going 1-9-0 in their previous ten games.
GO JETS GO!