By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
With 10 games left in their season the Winnipeg Jets will look to a five-game road trip out west as a starting point to rekindle what is left of their playoff hopes, hopes that left one Jet unsure of where his team stands.
“I don’t know,” said Wheeler, who admitted “we got a big game in Dallas on Monday.”
That they do.
A win by the Dallas Stars today, coupled by the Jets loss to the Hurricanes, has Winnipeg fading quicker than a 90’s one-hit wonder.
Dallas still holds two games in hand regardless, and both teams are still staring at the rear end of some Coyotes, who are up by six points on the Jets and threatening to push that to eight at home to Boston on Saturday night.
“We have to have a good road trip,” said Bryan Little. “After this trip we will have an idea of what is going to happen with our season. They are going to be all tough games; we are looking forward to it.
“We have to put this one behind us and focus on winning as many games on that trip as we can.”
Meanwhile, the story of the game was the play of Cam Ward.
The Hurricanes netminder put together possibly the best first period out of any goaltender in the National Hockey League this season on Saturday night, including a paddle save on Little that will haunt him for the foreseeable future.
“That one in the first period…that was probably the biggest save that anyone has made on me in my career,” he said. “It was probably bugging me for the better part of that game to say the least. He played a great game tonight and really helped them pull out the win.”
Maurice knows a thing or two about Ward, having coached the Conn Smythe-winning goaltender in his time in Carolina. He said today was Ward’s day and you couldn’t chalk it up to luck.
“Cam Ward is the story of this hockey game, he was the best player on the ice,” said the 47-year-old. “You can’t say that Cam was lucky on that, I have just seen it before. He was spectacular.”