Winnipeg Jets vs Florida Panthers: Maurice Makes His Return to Winnipeg

Winnipeg Jets, Paul Maurice (Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports)
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The Winnipeg Jets finish up their four-game homestand tonight with an intriguing matchup against the Florida Panthers. Puck drop at the Canada Life Centre is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. central (8:00 p.m. eastern).

The Jets have posted a 2-1-0 record during this homestand, which has moved them within two points of first place in the Central Division. Winnipeg does have two games in hand on the first place, Dallas Stars.

Most recently, on Sunday afternoon, the Jets beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2. The Jets started this game extremely slow and found themselves trailing 2-0, just over five minutes into the second period. The Jets then found their game and scored five unanswered goals to seal the victory.

Paul Maurice faces his first trip to Winnipeg with the Florida Panthers after leaving the Winnipeg Jets last season

Almost a year ago, during his ninth season as Jets’  bench boss, Paul Maurice resigned as head coach of the Jets. During those nine seasons in Winnipeg, the Jets had a 315-224-62 record under Maurice.

Maurice returned to the bench as he was named the Panthers’ newest head coach on June 22, 2022. In his first season in the Sunshine State, the Panthers currently sit in fifth place in the Atlantic Division as they have a 12-9-4 record. This gives the Panthers 28 points from 25 games.

It is interesting to note that Maurice and the Panthers have still yet to get a win against Maurice’s old division. The Panthers are winless in their four games against the Central Division (0-3-1 record).

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Tonight’s game will be on TSN3 in the Winnipeg Jets’ market and BSFL in the Panthers’ market. There will also be a radio broadcast on 680 CJOB in Winnipeg.

After tonight, the Jets will hit the road for a short two-game road trip. On Thursday, the Jets will take on the St. Louis Blues then, on Friday, the Jets will be in Chicago to face off against the Blackhawks.

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