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Game #09 Preview and GDT: Buffalo Sabres at Winnipeg Jets

The Jets look to continue their hot, two game win streak against the Buffalo Sabres

NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Buffalo Sabres
We now know it as the Joel Armia trade
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Eight games into the season and we still don't know what to make of the Jets. They've won matches they should have lost, and lost ones they should have won. So their 4-4-0 start is a fair gauge I suppose.

The Buffalo Sabres have started 2-3-2 and tied for last in the conference, thus making my hot taek playoff prediction look silly.

Speaking of making me look wrong, how about Joel Armia? In the 25 Under 25, I said that it was unlikely for him to be much more than a fourth liner. Pretty sure he reads my work, because he's decided to prove me wrong and for most of the season, he's been the best forward on the ice.

Playing their third game in four days, Winnipeg will need to be wary of fatigue setting in. Luckily, they're coming up against a Sabres squad also playing three in four, only in Buffalo's case, they played (and defeated) Florida yesterday on home ice. The Jets can also hope that today's starter, presumably Hellebuyck, continues his uptick in play.

When, Where & How

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2:00 p.m. CT, MTS Centre
Radio: TSN 1290

Winnipeg Jets Projected Lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Patrik Laine Mark Scheifele Blake Wheeler
Nikolaj Ehlers Mathieu Perreault Kyle Connor
Shawn Matthias Adam Lowry Joel Armia
Brandon Tanev Alexander Burmistrov Chris Thorburn
Left Defence
Right Defence
Josh Morrissey Dustin Byfuglien
Tobias Enstrom Tyler Myers
Mark Stuart Ben Chiarot
Connor Hellebuyck
Michael Hutchinson

Buffalo Sabres Projected Lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Matt Moulson
Ryan O'Reilly Kyle Okposo
Marcus Foligno Johan Larsson Brian Gionta
Tyler Ennis Zemgus Girgensons Sam Reinhart
Hudson Fasching Derek Grant Nicholas Baptiste
Left Defence
Right Defence
Josh Gorges Rasmus Ristolainen
Dmitry Kulikov Zach Bogosian
Jake McCabe Cody Franson
Robin Lehner
Anders Nilsson