Paul Maurice is not putting up with any criticism directed at his captain Blake Wheeler.

The Winnipeg Jets head coach called out reporters in the media call before the team's optional skate on Wednesday, defending Wheeler from recent criticism that he has been on the ice for most of the 5-on-5 goals allowed by the Jets this season.

That included the first notable goal scored by Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk in Winnipeg's 3-2 win over Calgary on Tuesday.