Jets need to keep winning as they host Avalanche
  • Marc Staal (china, u) May 14
     WINNIPEG, Manitoba The Winnipeg
    Jets will play their second must-win game in 24 hours when the Colorado
    Avalanche come to the MTS Centre Saturday night
    The Jets defeated the St. Louis Blues 3-0 on Friday to pull within four points
    of the Los Angeles Kings and the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference
    but theyre going to need to duplicate the effort if they want to get their
    playoff hopes off life support. And then keep the pedal to the metal for the
    next five weeks.Article continues below ... Jets coach Paul Maurice is confident
    his troops can maintain their momentum from Friday and, indeed, the past couple
    of weeks a 6-5 loss to Minnesota on Tuesday notwithstanding. I think weve been
    in that mode for a while. The game after the break was a bit of an aberration Rene Robert
    . We still put up five against them, the best team in the Western
    Conference, he said. He was happy with the rhythm and effort on display on
    Friday. Higher pressure, higher intensity which means you have to have all four
    lines . Were on the right track with the style of game were playing. It going to
    be a lot more physical of a game , I think, with the way theyve played us the
    last few times. Maurice was non-committal about who will start in the Jets goal
    against the A Connor Hellebuyck posted his fourth shutout of the season against
    the Blues but defacto No. 1 Ondrej Pavelec is healthy once again after suffering
    a lower-body injury last month
    If the Jets miss the playoffs by a couple of points, they will certainly look
    back to Feb. 4 as a critical game. That when they pulled into Denver riding
    their only three-game winning streak of the season and promptly got drilled 5-2,
    starting a four-game losing skid. The Avalanche, at the time, had lost their
    previous nine games and were scaring nobody. Colorado, which has been out of the
    playoff race seemingly since Halloween, limp into Winnipeg with just 17 wins and
    37 points and without veteran sniper Jarome Iginla, who was traded to the Kings
    this week. Forward J.T. Compher was called up from the San Antonio Rampage and
    inserted into Iginla place in the lineup. He had 13 goals and 30 points in 41
    games in the minors and is one of the youthful faces general manager Joe Sakic
    is hoping can help turn the once-great franchise around. The former University
    of Michigan captain centered the Avs third line between wingers Matt Nieto and
    Blake Comeau and was a winger against the wall on the power play in their 2-1
    loss to Ottawa on Thursday. Im just taking everything in stride, Compher said.
    You have to learn from everything that happens and the important part is, Im
    here now and just want to take advantage of the opportunity, the former captain
    at the University of Michigan told the Denver Post.

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