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Exhibition Game #05 Preview and GDT: Ottawa Senators at Winnipeg Jets

Top-line reunited and it feels so good.

NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Anaheim Ducks
The top-line trio will try to recreate last season’s magic.
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The Winnipeg Jets plan on giving fans a treat, reuniting last season's top-line of Nikolaj Ehlers, Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler for tonight's match against the Ottawa Senators.

It's Winnipeg's final home game of the preseason, so the presence of multiple big guns comes as no surprise. In addition to E-S-W (is there a proper nickname for the trio yet?), Mathieu Perreault, Tobias Enstrom and Dustin Byfuglien all find themselves in the lineup.

Tonight's second line might be tomorrow's third, as Perreault plays pivot to Kyle Connor and Drew Stafford. Speaking of Connor, the 19-year-old has impressed this preseason, arguably more so than 2016 second overall selection Patrik Laine. Another solid effort tonight could very well cement the Michigan native's place on opening night. (It's also worth mentioning that a Connor-Perreault-Stafford trio can go hand-in-hand with the Laine-Little-Armia line fans have seen this preseason. Food for thought.)

After speculation during the day, Logan Stanley won't be making his preseason debut tonight. Czuczman, Kichton and Strait continue their auditions in his stead. In net, Michael Hutchinson is expected to get all game to make his NHL case.

It's not exactly an NHL roster on Ottawa's side. When your second line features Chris Kelly, Chris Neil and Chris Ryan Dzingel, it might be a long night. Then again, Winnipeg didn't exactly ice its best lineup last night, and that turned out surprisingly well.

For prospects of note, keep an eye on Thomas Chabot. The 2015 first round selection plays a quietly superb two-way game, and admittedly made quite the impression with yours truly during last year's World Junior Championship. With all due respect for Maxime Lajoie, Chabot may be Ottawa's crown jewel so far as defensive prospects go.

When, Where & How

Monday, Oct. 03, 7:00 p.m. CT, MTS Centre
Radio: TSN 1290

Winnipeg Jets Projected Lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Nikolaj Ehlers Mark Scheifele Blake Wheeler
Kyle Connor Mathieu Perreault Drew Stafford
Andrew Copp Nic Petan Quinton Howden
Marko Dano Jack Roslovic Scott Kosmachuk
Left Defence
Right Defence
Toby Enstrom Dustin Byfuglien
Brenden Kichton Brian Strait
Kevin Czuczman Ben Chiarot
Michael Hutchinson
Connor Hellebuyck

Ottawa Senators Projected Lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tom Pyatt
Jean-Gabriel Pageau Phil Varone
Ryan Dzingel Chris Kelly Chris Neil
Nick Paul Max McCormick Mike Blunden
Matt Puempel Chad Nehring Buddy Robinson
Left Defence
Right Defence
Mark Borowiecki Fredrik Claesson
Matt Bartkowski Chris Wideman
Thomas Chabot Mike Kostka
Andrew Hammond
Craig Anderson