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Preview: The Winnipeg Jets visit Brooklyn for a matinee game against the Islanders.

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Coming off a season opening victory against the Boston Bruins on Thursday night, the Jets followed wup with a 3- 1 win against the New Jersey Devils on Friday.  After a bit of well deserved downtime, the Jets travel to Brooklyn for their midday encounter with the New York Islanders.  The Islanders are coming off a winless home & home series with the Chicago Blackhawks, and will be looking to right the ship, so to speak.

Official rosters are not expected until game time for a few logistical reasons.  First,  the Islanders to have a CBA day off on Sunday. After having a CBA day off on Saturday, the Jets will practice in New Jersey Sunday morning, before departing for New York.  The game is at a very strange time of 12 noon CST on Monday, so no pre-game skate is expected.

Keys to the Game

Winnipeg Jets

The main key to the Jets' game is to come out in the first period strong.  During their tilt with the Bruins, the Jets were awfully shaky at the beginning, but managed to smooth things out over the remaining 40 minutes.  The Friday night game against the Devils was a bit better, but the hesitation was there during the first period. If the Jets can start the game strong and maintain that over a full 60 minutes, the team will have a better chance. Disciplined play and staying out of the penalty box is a main concern too, as the Jets were one of the most penalized teams in the NHL last year.

Projected line up as follows, provided by NHL.com;

Andrew LaddBryan LittleBlake Wheeler

Mathieu PerreaultMark ScheifeleNikolaj Ehlers

Alexander BurmistrovAdam LowryDrew Stafford

Nicolas PetanAndrew CoppChris Thorburn

Ben ChiarotDustin Byfuglien

Toby EnstromTyler Myers

Mark StuartJacob Trouba

Michael Hutchinson

Ondrej Pavelec

Injured: Grant Clitsome (back)

Scratched: Adam PardyPaul PostmaAnthony Peluso

New York Islanders

The team is coming off back to back losses in a home and home series against the Chicago Blackhawks.  With this said, the Islanders will be looking for their first win of the season, and what better way to celebrate that than at home.  Frustration boiled over as John Tavares took a unsportsmanlike and game misconduct penalties in the Islanders most recent game, so look for the Islanders to be charged and ready to play come Monday afternoon.  Goaltending seems to be an issue at the start of this campaign for the Islanders as starter Jaroslav Halak is out with a an upper body injury, with the goaltending duties split between Thomas Greiss and Jean-Francois Berube.

Projected line up as follows, provided by NHL.com;

Anders LeeJohn TavaresRyan Strome

Josh BaileyFrans NielsenKyle Okposo

Brock NelsonMikhail GrabovskiNikolay Kulemin

Matt MartinCasey CizikasCal Clutterbuck

Nick LeddyJohnny Boychuk

Calvin de HaanTravis Hamonic

Brian StraitMarek Zidlicky

Jean-Francois Berube

Thomas Greiss

Injured: Jaroslav Halak (upper body), Thomas Hickey (upper body)

Scratched: Ryan PulockSteve Bernier

Player to Boo Mercilessly

The aforementioned Thomas Greiss and Jean-Francois Berube.

Prediction

Jets 4-1.  Ehlers, Little, Petan and Lowry will set the place on fire!