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GDT: JETS. CANUCKLEHEADS. ROGERS

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Our Winnipeg jets have landed in Vancouver to face-off against the Canuckleheads. Let's send the Sedins back into their burrows. Who knows what they do down there...

Wheels will be sporting a full cage instead of a visor
Wheels will be sporting a full cage instead of a visor
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The Winnipeg Jets face another massive test today when they face the Vancouver Canucks in Rogers Arena. We cannot understate the importance of a "W" as the two teams enter tonight's game tied with 88 points with the Canucks holding a game in hand. February 3rd was the last time these teams met and despite a solid effort by our Jets, Luca Sbisa put the puck past Ondrej Pavelec in overtime to give the game to the Canucks.

A lot has happened to this team since the beginning of February and I would be remiss not to mention the distraction that was present the last time these two teams met. Call it "shower-gate" "tubby-time" or "the Latening" the fact remains this distraction is far behind the Jets and we are a better team today. The Jets look focused and ready to make the next step towards the playoffs and have a huge opportunity to make a statement to the Canucks who they meet one more time prior to the end of the regular season.

Expected Lineup:

Winnipeg Jets

Forward Lines

Andrew Ladd - Adam Lowry - Michael Frolik

Drew Stafford - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler

Jiri Tlusty - Jim Slater - Lee Stempniak

Chris Thorburn - Eric O'Dell - Matt Halischuk


Defensive Pairings

Toby Enstrom - Tyler Myers

Mark Stuart - Jacob Trouba

Jay Harrison - Adam Pardy

Starting Goaltender

Michael Hutchinson

Vancouver Canucks

Forward Lines:

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alex Burrows

Chris Higgins - Nick Bonino - Radim Vrbata

Shawn Matthias - Linden Vey - Derek Dorsett

Ronalds Kenins - Bo Horvat - Jannik Hansen

Defensive Pairings

Alexander Edler - Christopher Tanev

Dan Hamhuis - Yannick Weber

Luca Sbisa - Kevin Bieksa

Starting Goaltender

Eddie Lack

Player to Watch:

Blake Wheeler has been proving himself a force as of late and took a puck in the face yesterday. All information points to Wheeler having lost some teeth during the process and I can't help but wonder if this was the last step necessary to get us into the playoffs.  We just had too many teeth and now his golden smile is a lot closer to Buff's toothy grin.