Back to back loses to the Minnesota Wild and the Edmonton Oilers do not make for a great start...if it was the regular season. But it's not. It's the preseason. A time where teams find their legs, switch lines up constantly, look for a spark of chemistry between players, and assess the team's needs going forward. What have we learned so far? 3 on 3 overtime is exciting! the Jets have some serious dangle power in the Perrault, Burmistrov and Ehlers line! Armia is stating to show why the Jets brass have high hopes for him! And we do have a few prospects outside of Morrisey that can handle themselves defensively. There's been a few surprises, such as Raffl, Lemeiux, Lipon and De Leo, and little to worry about. It's the coming together season, and it is coming together.
Keys to the Game
Expect some of the vets to rejoin the lineup. Coming off a well deserved Thursday off, the Jets are currently undergoing physical testing of the young group, with the second half going thru the process on Friday. So far, 11 went back to junior or were selected to be assigned to the Moose. Moving forward Nikolaj Ehlers, Mathieu Perreault, Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, and Drew Stafford are all scheduled to play. Hopefully Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little will see their first preseason action soon.
It's the McDavid no-show!
Player to give a warm Winnipeg welcome to (otherwise known as Boo Mercilessly!)!
Nail Yakupov, but really, anyone that shows up in a Oilers jersey with a pair of skates and a stick.
Jets 2-0. Oilers held off scoresheet. Mayhem in the streets of Edmonton. Dave Semenko forgets he's retired, clenches fists, vows revenge.