The Winnipeg Jets are getting ready for their next challenge and this time defenseman Josh Morrissey is getting prepared along with them.
The star blue liner is finally back after he was sidelined for 45 days since the February 24th game in Arizona in which Morrissey got hurt. And he is back just in time for the playoffs as the Jets face the St. Louis Blues tonight in the first game of the first round series.
“Over the course of the year it ramps up and ramps up,” Morrissey told the Winnipeg Sun on Monday. “And come Night 1 of the playoffs it’s going to be a whole other level. But you try and draw on the experiences you’ve had as a player.”
It's a good thing Morrissey is ready since the Jets aren't expected to hold back on him agains the Blues and their offensive crew. The Blues’ top line of Brayden Schenn, Ryan O’Reilly, and Vladimir Tarasenko are quite the menace. Schenn tallied 37 goals, O’Reilly set a new career-high with 77 points, and Tarasenko recorded his fifth-straight 30-plus goal season.
“Probably keep him under 30 (minutes), unless it’s overtime,” Maurice said after Monday’s practice. “The fitness for him is not an issue. He’s been able to skate, and skate hard, and he has. He’s ready to go.”
Jets fans will be relieved to know that Morrissey is back.
Take a look at this projected lineup against the Blues tonight, per TSN's Brian Munz.
Connor-Scheifele-Wheeler Perreault-Hayes-Ehlers Copp-Little-Laine Lindholm-Lowry-Roslovic
SCRATCHED: Beaulieu, Niku, Morrow, Kiselevich, Hendricks