The Vancouver Canucks, who are walking a tight rope to get back into the playoff race, face the Winnipeg Jets in four of their next six games

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Winnipeg Jets (9-6-1) vs. Vancouver Canucks (8-11-1)

Friday: 7 p.m., Rogers Arena; TV: Sportsnet, Sportsnet 650 AM

Sunday: 7 p.m., Rogers Arena; TV: Sportsnet, Sportsnet 650 AM


1. Full-court press: The big story in the Canucks’ defensive turnaround over the past five games has been the effectiveness of their forecheck. They forced the Flames — and the Leafs to a lesser extent  — into turnovers and made their breakouts less effective. This created plenty of counter-attacking opportunities for the Canucks.

2. Goaltending: So far this season Connor Hellebuyck hasn’t been as spectacular as in years past, and yet he’s still posting .916 save percentage. The Canucks have just come off four games of Jacob Markstrom, so can they keep finding goals against yet another top goalie? Their own goalies have played better behind what’s been a better-performing defence corps since the return home early last week, though they’ve still given up the most scoring chances in the league according to Natural Stat Trick (the Jets have yielded the second most).

3. Playoff chase: gives the Jets a 75 per cent chance of making the playoffs. The Canucks have an 18 per cent chance. That’s as much about how the two teams’ start to the season has gone as anything. The Jets have steadily picked up points while the Canucks have dug themselves a big hole.

4. PK prowess: The Canucks’ penalty kill was a big problem earlier in the year but against the Flames they were practically air-tight. There’s no reason to think the trend won’t continue against the Jets’ middling power play.


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Feb 11, 2021; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Ottawa Senators left wing Nick Paul (13) chases down Winnipeg Jets left wing Pierre-Luc Dubois (13) in the second period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports
Winnipeg Jets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois (right) fends off Ottawa Senators checker Nick Paul during a Feb. 11 NHL game at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg. Photo by James Carey Lauder /USA TODAY Sports files

5. Dubois doubts: Pierre-Luc Dubois is touch-and-go to play Friday. He was placed on the injured-reserve list earlier this week, retroactive to last Friday. If he’s healthy, he’ll obviously play. The Canucks haven’t seen him in action this season and his style would put pressure on the Canucks’ defence.



Andrew Copp — Mark Scheifele — Blake Wheeler

Kyle Connor — Paul Stastny — Nik Ehlers

Mathieu Perreault — Adam Lowry — Mason Appleton

Kristian Vesalainen — Jansen Harkins — Trevor Lewis


Josh Morrissey — Tucker Poolman

Derek Forbort — Neal Pionk

Nathan Beaulieu — Dylan DeMelo

Goalies: Connor Hellebuyck, Laurent Brossoit

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J.T. Miller  — Elias Pettersson — Brock Boeser

Tanner Pearson — Bo Horvat — Nils Höglander

Antoine Roussel — Brandon Sutter — Adam Gaudette

Loui Eriksson — Jay Beagle — Jake Virtanen


Alex Edler — Nate Schmidt

Quinn Hughes — Jordie Benn

Olli Juolevi — Tyler Myers

Goalies: Thatcher Demko, Braden Holtby


Jets: PP 23.1% (13th) PK 80.0% (16th)

Canucks: PP 17.1% (20th) PK 82.3% (10th)

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Jets: Pierre-Luc Dubois (lower-body), Nate Thompson (lower-body), Marko Dano (undisclosed), Bryan Little (ear).

Canucks: Travis Hamonic (upper-body), Tyler Motte (lower-body), Micheal Ferland (post-concussion), Justin Bailey (shoulder).


Season series 

Canucks (1-0-0) Goals for: 4

Jets (0-1-0) Goals for: 1

Previous scores

(home team in caps)

Jan. 30: Vancouver 4, WINNIPEG 1



Mason Appleton 1 0 0 +1

Adam Lowry 0 1 0 +1


Brock Boeser 2 0 0 +2

Nils Höglander 1 0 0 Even

Zack MacEwen 1 0 0 +1

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