Game 65: Jets vs. Blues pre-game report
Courtesy of Mike Sawatsky of the Winnipeg Free Press we get the following lines and D pairs:
Blake Wheeler: How significant is tonight? How much will these next two games set the stage for remaining games in the season. On Trouba. On Stafford. On being able to tell how engaged players are in a game. What were some of the things they did well in the loss on Tuesday?
Nikolaj Ehlers: Is there a feeling like if they don’t win tonight it is impossible to make the playoffs? On the balance needed between offence and defence. Emphasis in practice is on defence. Significance of these two games. On the way they play against teams above them in the standings. On the Blues.
Josh Morrissey: Importance of tonight’s game. On how he sees the Blues. How does he feel going into this game? Has he been surprised by his game this season? On his partnership with Trouba. On being an offensive player in that duo.
Coach Maurice: What is missing from Nic Petan’s game? On why he is going back to Hellebuyck? Was there a change in plan for Pavelec? How do they make four weaknesses (penalties, poor PK, save % and too many chances against) into strengths? How hard is it as a head coach to allow young players to come in and learn but then have to “flip a switch”? Confident that this team can get better defensively? Where are the Jets compared to where he expected them to be at this point? On the Blues. Difference in the Blues without Hitchcock. How does he prevent losing from becoming a habit?
All audio courtesy of TSN 1290 Winnipeg.
Blues lines are courtesy of Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: