Pierre-Luc Dubois' penalties hurt the Jets a lot
Winnipeg Jets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois may have tallied two goals and as many assists since the start of the series against the Vegas Golden Knights, but he was surely hoping for more as result.
His team have been unable to enjoy the support of their white-clad supporters in the last two games. Having lost 4-2 on Monday, they find themselves in the cables by virtue of a 3-1 deficit in the series which could end Thursday in Nevada. However, the duel had started well for the Manitoba team, victorious 5 to 1 from the start. However, the sequel was less glorious.
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Dubois hit the target on the power play during the last meeting, but his record includes several spots. Among the shortcomings noted, there is indiscipline. The Quebecer received four minor penalties in the two most recent meetings. On Monday, he tripped Jack Eichel midway through the second period and William Karlsson took the opportunity to give the Knights the lead for good. In addition, he was on the ice for the other three goals of the opponent and ended his evening with a differential of -3.
“We have two choices: we can feel bad about ourselves or we can keep a positive attitude. We have already won once in Vegas. You have to have the determination to do it again,” he told the daily “Winnipeg Sun”.
However, even if he prefers to look ahead, the rest of the course promises to be bumpy. The Jets must struggle without Nikolaj Ehlers and Josh Morrissey, with upper and lower body injuries respectively. Lo and behold, Mark Scheifele (upper body) fell in action during the initial engagement of Game 4. Is the mission impossible? No, says Winnipeg.
“We had injuries all year. When we were at the top of the Western Conference, a bunch of guys were on the sidelines. So anything is possible, Dubois said. For several moments, we managed without key elements. Except of course that's not what we want to see, because Mark is an excellent player.”
As for head coach Rick Bowness, he has only one making dire predictions and the backwardness of his troop.
“It means nothing, these probabilities of ascent. All that matters is finding a way to win on Thursday. You can tell me about the whole history of the National League and the odds of the bookmakers, but none of that matters,” he emitted.
The fifth meeting will be broadcast on TVA Sports on Thursday at 10 p.m.