“The last couple (of power plays) we didn’t have Scheifele or Laine,” Wheeler said. “That’s 80-100 goals in a season that you’re losing from your lineup. That’s directly why you have a good power play — you have guys that can shoot the puck like that.
“But on top of that, the guys that are out there, we’ve got a lot better than what we put forward tonight. We didn’t win hardly any battles and it’s an area … it’s an easy fix, just simplify some things and win a couple of battles and we’ll get the power play back on track. We’ve got a lot of confidence in our power play.”
The Flames scored three goals on 33 shots against Jets Vezina Trophy finalist Connor Hellebuyck, while Cam Talbot earned the win by making 17 saves.
The Flames clearly wanted to come out and establish a physical presence early in the game. Tkachuk hit Scheifele hard a few minutes before the injury and Elias Lindholm levelled both Josh Morrissey and Dylan DeMelo with one body check.
Still, through all of that and the injury, the Jets had a 7-1 lead in shots on goal at one point. But over the course of the rest of the game, they were outshot 32-11.
“We struggled, there’s no doubt about it,” Maurice said. “I thought we were fine for a while but we got onto the special teams, where Mark is such a key piece. We’ve spent years in that setup and we’ve certainly worked on it for the last three weeks. We struggled, special teams especially. “
Losing Scheifele is a devastating blow for the Jets and if Laine is out as well, they are going to be down two of their top four scorers this season.