This little GIF accurately summarizes me trying to stay positive as a Winnipeg Jets blog writer...
The Jets mounted a comeback, but it was too little too late, as they dropped a 5-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes Friday night. 4 goals against in the first 5 minutes of the game is tough to come back from. But the Jets rallied and made it interesting. The "Matthews March" continues. For interest's sake, here is the NHL Lottery Simulator, which give you the standings and the odds on favorite to win the first overall pick in the 2016 draft. Also, here's the link to the ISS Hockey Top 30 Ranked Prospects for this this summer's draft, and the TSN Tradecentre page. Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd's trade value seemed to be in check with their performances last night. Click away to your hearts content. Comments and your findings are welcome at the bottom of this post. Onwards and upwards to Denver, where the Jets will play the Colorado Avalanche Saturday night. The Avs are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss against the Dallas Stars Thursday night and currently hold down a playoff wildcard spot.
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Winnipeg Jets Projected Lineup:
Nikolaj Ehlers - Mark Scheifele - Blake Wheeler
Drew Stafford - Bryan Little - Mathieu Perreault
Alexander Burmistrov - Adam Lowry - Andrew Ladd
Joel Armia - Andrew Copp - Chris Thorburn
Dustin Byfuglien - Jacob Trouba
Tyler Myers - Toby Enstrom
Ben Chariot - Mark Stuart
*No anticipated pregame skate as this is a second game of a back to back. Unclear of the starting Jets goaltender as Micheal Hutchinson came in as relief for Connor Hellebuyck Friday night. I anticipate this decision will be made at game time.
Colorado Avalanche Projected Lineup:
Jarome Iginla - Nathan Mackinnon - Matt Duchesne
Gabriel Landeskog - Carl Soderberg - Blake Comeau
Alex Tanguay - Andreas Martinsen - Mikhail Grigorenko
Cody Macleod - John Mitchell - Chris Wagner
Francois Beauchemin - Erik Johnson
Nick Holden - Tyson Barrie
Andrew Bodnarchuk - Chris Bigras
Player to boo, jeer and sneer at:
The Coach Patrick Roy loves the attention.
Dunno! Your guess is as good as mine!