The Jets and Canucks both have 68 points on the season, leaving them six
points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Neither club has done
itself any favors in the postseason chase of late, as Winnipeg has lost four
in a row while the Canucks have dropped five of six and 12 of their last 14
Vancouver has actually lost 21 of 27 games dating back to late December, and
the club's most recent setback did not inspire confidence the club is ready to
break out of the lengthy slump.
The Canucks led a visiting New York Islanders club 3-0 after two periods on
Monday before giving up a whopping seven goals over the final 20 minutes of
regulation to lose the tilt by a 7-4 count.
Chris Higgins, Christopher Tanev, Ryan Kesler and Henrik Sedin all scored for
the Canucks, while Eddie Lack gave up six goals on 27 shots in the collapse.
'We should have had this game,' said Sedin. 'We played great hockey for 37
minutes but then we started making poor decisions. We should have been back in
the race but now we're down and looking up.'
The Canucks will try to put their latest disappointment behind them when they
kick off a four-game road trip tonight. Vancouver, however, has lost seven
straight as the guest and is just 13-17-4 on the road this season.
The club's last victory away from Vancouver was on Jan. 21 in Edmonton.
The Jets had lost four straight against the Canucks before posting a 4-3 home
win on Jan. 31. That victory gave Winnipeg a 7-2-0 record since Maurice
replaced Claude Noel as head coach, but the club is just 4-3-3 in the 10 games
following that win.
Winnipeg lost for the sixth time in eight outings Monday in Colorado, although
the Jets were able to record a point in the overtime loss. Matt Duchene
scored 2:33 into the extra session to lift the Avalanche to the 3-2 decision.
Duchene lost control of the puck after twirling out of the corner. Winnipeg
defenseman Tobias Enstrom tried to chip the puck away from the crease area,
but it hit Duchene and the Avalanche forward scored on a backhand.
'He got position at the net. The puck came right back to him and a guy like
that, he will not miss those,' Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien said of
Byfuglien scored both Winnipeg goals, with Bryan Little notching an assist on
each score. Al Montoya took the loss despite stopping 31-of-34 shots.
Winnipeg, which hasn't made the playoffs since the franchise relocated from
Atlanta prior to the 2011-12 season, hopes to boost its postseason chances
during a home-heavy part of its schedule over the next week and a half. The
Jets, who are 15-13-5 as the host this season, are beginning a three-game
homestand on Wednesday and will play five of their next six games at MTS