To be a fan of the Winnipeg Jets as of late means that you're kind of caught in a conundrum. On one hand, you want the team to excel and win every game, securing a spot in the playoffs and hopefully celebrating a playoff series win at the corner of Portage and Main. On the other hand, you want the team to play well, but not well enough to secure a short term victory a playoff run can provide. You want long term success, one that can potentially be derived from obtaining certain player rights in the form of top 5 draft picks from this year's crop, and trading away current assets to stock pile future draft picks and options. It's a delicate balance. After dispatching the draft lottery kingpins of late, the Edmonton Oilers, on Saturday night, the Winnipeg Jets venture three quarters across North America to face the Carolina Hurricanes, who have had some success of late themselves, beating the New York Islanders on the weekend.
6pm CST, TSN3, TSN 1290, FS-CR, 99.9 FM
Winnipeg Jets Projected Lineup:
Nikolaj Ehlers - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler
Drew Stafford - Bryan Little - Mathieu Perreault
Joel Armia - Adam Lowry - Andrew Ladd
Alexander Burmistrov- Andrew Copp - Chris Thorburn
Dustin Byfuglien - Jacob Trouba
Tyler Myers - Toby Enstrom
Ben Chariot - Adam Pardy
*Adam Pardy draws in to replace Mark Stuart, who was placed on the Injured Reserve for 4-6 weeks with a broken hand.
Carolina Hurricanes Projected Lineup:
Kris Versteeg - Eric Staal - Elias Lindholm
Jaokim Nordstrom - Jordan Staal - Andrej Nestrasil
Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Phillip Di Giuseppe
Nathan Gerbe - Jay McClement - Riley Nash
Ron Hainsey - Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin - Michal Jordan
Jaccob Slavin - John- Micheal Liles
Player to boo until your lungs hurt:
Eric and Jordan Staal need your undivided, negative attention!
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