Player News - Jets

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Bryan Little earned an assist in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final on Sunday afternoon.

Little won a faceoff in the offensive zone late in the first period and Josh Morrissey fired a shot into the net. Unfortunately, that was the only goal Winnipeg could muster in a 2-1 loss to Vegas. The defeat eliminated the Jets from the playoffs.
May 21 - 9:58 AM

Blake Wheeler finished the postseason on a nine-game goalless slump.

Wheeler compiled 11 assists during that span, including six helpers in the Western Conference Final against Vegas. He didn't pick up a point in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Golden Knights, though. The top line of the Jets combined for four goals and 12 points in Vegas' five-games series victory.
May 21 - 9:55 AM

Ben Chiarot was a healthy scratch in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final.

Chiarot and Toby Enstrom were in the press box on Sunday, as Winnipeg chose to dress Joe Morrow and Dmitry Kulikov instead. The team's reworked defense corps didn't help the Jets extend the series, though, as Vegas won the game 2-1 and the series 4-1.
May 21 - 9:17 AM

Vegas managed to contain Paul Stastny for most of the Western Conference Final.

Stastny ended up with an assist in the five-game series. He did have 14 points in 12 games over the first two rounds, so he certainly had plenty value in the postseason overall, but neutralizing his contributions was one of the factors in the Jets' elimination. Winnipeg sacrificed the rights to Erik Foley and a 2018 first-round pick to acquire Stastny, who can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
May 20 - 8:42 PM

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 30 shots in a 2-1 loss to Vegas in Game 5 on Sunday afternoon.

Hellebuyck and the Jets lost four straight games after winning the series opener in the Western Conference Final and now their season is over. The 25-year-old netminder had a great year, but fatigue may have caught up to him. He was outplayed by veteran Marc-Andre Fleury throughout the series.
May 20 - 6:06 PM

Josh Morrissey scored Winnipeg's only goal in Sunday's 2-1 loss to Vegas in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final.

The Jets fired 32 shots on goal Sunday afternoon, but they only beat Vegas netminder Marc-Andre Fleury once and now their season is over. The Golden Knights have advanced to the Stanley Cup Final. Morrissey scored off a faceoff win by Bryan Little late in the first period to tie the game at 1-1, but Ryan Reaves got the game-winning goal in the second period.
May 20 - 5:59 PM

Andrew Copp will be a healthy scratch Sunday in Game 5 against Vegas.

Copp played in all 82 games during the regular season as well as all 16 of Winnipeg's previous playoff contests. Joel Armia will play instead on Winnipeg's fourth line.
May 20 - 3:08 PM

Toby Enstrom won't play in Game 5 against Vegas.

Enstrom and Ben Chiarot will be scratched on the back end, while Andrew Copp will come out of the lineup up front. Michael Hutchinson will also be in the press box with Steve Mason back in the fold.
May 20 - 3:03 PM

Joe Morrow will dress in Game 5 against Vegas on Sunday afternoon.

Morrow hasn't played since Game 5 of the opening round against Minnesota. He had one goal for the Jets before he was removed from the lineup. Toby Enstrom and Ben Chiarot won't play in Game 5, while Morrow and Dmitry Kulikov will be on the back end.
May 20 - 2:58 PM

Dmitry Kulikov will return to the lineup on Sunday afternoon for Game 5 of the Western Conference Final.

Kulikov was paired with Tyler Myers during the pregame warmups. He hasn't played since Mar. 8 due to a back injury, so this will mark his 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs debut. Kulikov and Joe Morrow will play with Ben Chiarot and Toby Enstrom out of the lineup against Vegas.
May 20 - 2:55 PM

Joel Armia will be back in the fold for Game 5 against Vegas.

Armia was a healthy scratch Friday night, but Andrew Copp will be in the press box for Sunday's contest. Armia, who has two goals in 12 playoff contests, is slated to play with Brandon Tanev and Adam Lowry.
May 20 - 2:52 PM

Steve Mason will draw back into the lineup for Game 5 on Sunday afternoon against Vegas.

Mason wasn't available for Game 4, but he will be back as Connor Hellebuyck's backup on Sunday. That will make Michael Hutchinson a healthy scratch.
May 20 - 2:50 PM

Connor Hellebuyck will get the nod in Game 5 against Vegas.

Hellebuyck, who led the Jets out for the pregame warmups, has lost three straight games to the Golden Knights after Winnipeg won the series opener. He has permitted three goals in each of the defeats and he has posted a save percentage below .900. That will have to change if the Jets are going to extend the series.
May 20 - 2:42 PM

Steve Mason (undisclosed) wasn't in the lineup for Game 4 against Vegas.

It's unclear if Mason is dealing with an injury or an illness and his status is uncertain for Game 5 on Sunday afternoon. The only update coach Paul Maurice provided was when said: "He wasn't available for the game." If Mason can't suit up then Michael Hutchinson will serve as Connor Hellebuyck's backup goalie again.
May 20 - 11:17 AM

Josh Morrissey spent some time alongside Dustin Byfuglien in Game 4 against Vegas.

Morrissey has formed a solid shutdown pairing with Jacob Trouba throughout the postseason, but the decision to break them up as made to try to kick-start Winnipeg's offense. "We know that (Mark) Scheifele and (Blake) Wheeler and (Kyle) Connor have a big bulk of puck-control time in the offensive group and when you're heavy man-to-man as (the Golden Knights) are, it has to become a five-man group," coach Paul Maurice explained. "We like Trouba and Morrissey in that, but it's clearly where Dustin Byfuglien excels, so we just changed that. It was an offensive mindset." Morrissey and Trouba will probably be back together for the start of Game 5 on Sunday afternoon.
May 20 - 11:12 AM


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