The Winnipeg Jets head into their last tilt of the 2014-2015 NHL preseason tonight. Two days after a sloppy 4-2 defeat. This time the Jets will host the Flames at the MTS Centre. The game starts at 7 pm central. The game can be seen on TSN3 or you can listen to the action on TSN 1290.
Not Lowsy at all. The Jets placed forward Eric Tangradi on waivers yesterday afternoon. If Tangradi is not claimed by another NHL team, he could be sent to the Jets AHL affiliate, the St Johns Icecaps. The move looks to have been done by General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff to clear a roster spot. Perhaps for the 6’5 power forward Adam Lowry? Lowry gets another look tonight.
Back up beeper. Questions must be answered on the Jets backend. Will Josh Morrissey rise out of the shadows and grab a roster spot? Will injuries affect Paul Postma's status with the team? Will Zach Bogosian step his game up? Will Dustin Byfuglien move back to manning the blue line? Jacob Trouba and Toby Enstrom cant do everything for the Jets' defensive core. Someone will need to step up and play well, otherwise the Jets may be picking their defensemen core based off who has looked the least awful.
Kids. A few prospects have left a taste as to what the future could hold for the Jets. Nicolas Petan, Nikolaj Ehlers and Adam Lowry have worked there way into consideration of a roster spot. Lowry is considered a lock by many, whereas Nic Petan and Nikolaj Ehlers are the centre of a torn fan base in Jets nation. Should they stay or should they go? That’s the real question. Different people seem to have different thoughts about Nic Petan and Nikolaj Ehlers. Neither kid is scheduled to play tonight. Is this the end of the road?
Johnny on the spot. Flames prospect, Johnny Gadreau a.k.a "Johnny Hockey" has made his mark this pre season. He has shown instant chemistry with Flames 2014 first round draft pick Sam Bennett. It does not appear Gadreau will need seasoning in the minors; he looks like an NHL ready player. Whereas his line mate Sam Bennett may need another year or two in the juniors.
Second year centre Sean Monahan has looked great through the course of the preseason. Monahan had a solid rookie campaign and looks to build on that momentum heading into his second season. Monahan looks to be a key piece on this year's Flames team. Can he sustain his success tonight?
Flames goaltender Kari Ramo has had a strong preseason. Coupled with the Flames former Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, who was added via Free Agency, the Flames should enter the 2014-15 season with a solid goalie duo. Quality tending makes wins easier. Will they get it again tonight?
Player to Boo
Johnny Gaudreau - Johnny Gaudboooooooooo
The Jets will accomplish revenge against the Flames and win 3-2.