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Preview and GDT: Winnipeg Jets vs. Calgary Flames

The Winnipeg Jets are in Calgary for Hockey Day in Canada!

2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic - Edmonton Oilers v Winnipeg Jets Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images

Time: 2:00 PM CST

Channel: CBC, Sportsnet

Radio: TSN1290

The Winnipeg Jets are celebrating Hockey Day in Canada by playing the Calgary Flames in an afternoon matinee in Calgary. The Jets are coming off of their bye week, but lost their last two games before that week. The Flames have had an uneven season with the team struggling overall for long stretches.

The Jets are still without Mark Scheifele and Adam Lowry while Brandon Tanev returns to play today. While the Jets are slowly getting healthy, they are relying on players like Joel Armia and Marko Dano who have been able to step up in the absence of lineup regulars and push the offence forward.

Outside of injuries, the Jets are hoping to get back to their aggressive style that helped them win so many games this year. That, coupled with Connor Hellebuyck’s stellar goaltending, the Jets should be able to get back on track in short order.

As always when a team plays the Flames, the Jets will need to be wary of Johnny Gaudreau. Furthermore, they need to watch the line of Mikael Backlund, Matthew Tkachuk, and Troy Brouwer (replacing the injured Michael Frolik) which is a dynamite possession line that can destroy a team with their offensive abilities as well.

Defensively, the Flames rely on Dougie Hamilton, Mark Giordano, and TJ Brodie. They also have Travis Hamonic on defence after they acquired him from the New York Islanders last offseason in a trade.

Winnipeg Jets Lineup

Kyle Connor/Blake Wheeler/Patrik Laine

Mathieu Perreault/Bryan Little/Nikolaj Ehlers

Brandon Tanev/Andrew Copp/Joel Armia

Marko Dano/Matt Hendricks/Jack Roslovic

Josh Morrissey/Jacob Trouba

Tobias Enstrom/Dustin Byfuglien

Tyler Myers/Dmitry Kulikov

Connor Hellebuyck

Calgary Flames Lineup

Johnny Gaudreau/Sean Monahan/Michael Ferland

Matthew Tkachuk/Mikael Backlund/Troy Brouwer

Sam Bennett/Mark Jankowski/Garnet Hathaway

Andrew Mangiapane/Matt Stajan/Curtis Lazar

Mark Giordano/Dougie Hamilton

TJ Brodie/Travis Hamonic

Brett Kulak/Michael Stone

Mike Smith