Game 4: Jets vs. Canucks pre-game report
Coach Maurice disclosed after yesterday’s skate that he is going with the same lineup tonight against the Canucks that was successful for him against the Oilers. Here are the lines and D pairs from yesterday’s skate at UBC:
Coach Maurice was asked about the progression of Matt Hendricks and he indicated that “He’s getting better. Not quite day-to-day. I don’t know Saturday (against Hurricanes) we are looking at that, but in the next three or four days we will get a better handle on it.”
The other injured Jets player is Dustin Byfuglien and coach Maurice said #33 had “Just a skate today. He’ll push today and then I think if he can get back on the ice and feel strong tomorrow and get back on the ice, then he’ll possibly be an option for us against Carolina (on Saturday).”
Coach Maurice: On the players mindset with respect to reactions to a win or a loss. Status of Matt Hendricks. Status of Byfuglien. What has he seen from the Canucks? More on the Byfuglien fishing trip. Play of Tucker Poolman. Simplicity to Poolman’s game. Getting shots through. On Poolman’s progression from where he was six years ago. Do players like Poolman appreciate it more when they get to the NHL? On Petan’s play. On his relationship with Canucks coach Travis Green. On returning with Hellebuyck tonight. Trying to line match.
All audio courtesy of TSN 1290 Winnipeg.