The Winnipeg Jets may reside on the outside of the playoff picture, but their future remains in focus after head coach Paul Maurice signed a multi-year contract extension on Wednesday. Maurice looks to pay dividends at Bell MTS Place on Friday night when the Jets vie for a season sweep against the visiting San Jose Sharks.
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"It truly wasn't anything I thought of," Maurice said of the extension. "Once we talked in the summer and agreed it was something we all really wanted to do, it was an inevitability it would happen, as it has." The 53-year-old Maurice's bid to guide Winnipeg to the postseason for a third straight season met a speed bump on Monday, as it saw its run of three consecutive wins and five-game point streak (4-0-1) come to a halt with a 4-1 setback to the New York Rangers. The Sharks are further south in the standings following a stretch of six losses in their last nine games, including Monday's 6-2 setback to Calgary. Timo Meier (two goals, three assists) and defenseman Brent Burns (two goals, two assists) carry three-game point streaks into Friday's tilt.
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ABOUT THE SHARKS (24-28-4): Two-time Norris Trophy recipient Erik Karlsson scored in the first period on Monday before boosting his club-leading totals in assists (34) and points (40) by setting up Burns' tally in the second. Karlsson, however, has been held off the scoresheet and owns a collective minus-5 rating in both encounters with the Jets. Evander Kane, who has two of his team-leading 21 goals in his last three games overall, has just one in nine career meetings with Winnipeg.
ABOUT THE JETS (29-24-5): Nikolaj Ehlers recorded his fourth consecutive 20-goal season after his tally in the third period on Tuesday boosted his point total to six (two goals, four assists) in seven games following the All-Star break. Patrik Laine, who hit the post later in the period to deny his bid for his 10th goal in 10 contests, collected one goal and two assists in Winnipeg's 5-1 romp over San Jose on Nov. 27. Kyle Connor has totaled four points (one goal, three assists) in the two meetings and enters the series finale with eight (three goals, five assists) in his last four games overall.
1. Winnipeg G Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 83 of 86 shots to win both meetings with San Jose and improve to 6-3-1 in 11 career appearances versu the club.
2. Burns will skate in his 1,100th NHL game on Friday.
3. The Jets own a 9-4-0 record against Pacific Division representatives this season.
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- Suspensionout for season | out
Byfuglien has been suspended for an undetermined length of time for failing to report to camp. He also underwent surgery to correct complications from a previous high-ankle sprain. He will not play this season.
- Upper BodyQues Thurs | questionable
Morrissey sat out his second consecutive game due to an upper-body injury, and it is unclear if he will play Thursday versus the Capitals.
- Lower BodyQues Thurs | questionable
Niku missed the last game with a lower-body injury, and it is undetermined if he will take part in Thursday's contest against the Capitals.
- HandEarly March | I-R
Dahlstrom has been added to the injured reserve list with a fractured hand and is expected to be on the shelf until at least the start of March.
- Upper BodyEarly March | I-R
Perreault is on the injured reserve list due to an upper-body injury, and he is likely to be idle until the early part of March.
- ArmEarly March | I-R
Lowry is expected to spend at least four to six weeks on the injured reserve list due to an arm injury.
- Earout for season | I-R
Little has hit the injured reserve list due to perforated eardrum and vertigo symptoms, and he will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season.
- UndisclosedQues Sun | questionable
Niku sat out the previous game with an unspecified ailment, and it is uncertain if he will be available versus the Blackhawks on Sunday.
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- FootQues Thurs | questionable
Karlsson has missed the past three games with a foot injury, and it is unknown if he will return to the fold Thursday versus the Devils.
- AcquiredProb Wed | probable
Marleau was recently acquired, but it is projected that he will make his team debut Wednesday against the Kings.
- AcquiredQues Tues | questionable
Goodrow has an undetermined status heading into Tuesday's clash with the Maple Leafs as he was recently acquired by the team in a trade.
- SuspensionElig Sat | out
Kane is serving a three-game suspension for elbowing an opponent. He will be permitted to return Saturday against the Rangers.
- Thumbout for season | I-R
Karlsson has landed on the injured reserve list due to a fractured thumb. He will miss the remainder of the season.
- AcquiredProb Thurs | probable
Dillon was recently acquired in a trade, but it is projected that he will make his team debut against the Canadiens on Thursday.
- UndisclosedOut Thurs | out
Gregor missed the previous game due to an unspecified injury, and he will not suit up Thursday versus the Devils.
- Upper BodyProb Thurs | probable
Suomela left the last game due to an upper-body injury, but he is likely to participate in Thursday's game against the Devils.
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