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Preview and GDT: Winnipeg Jets vs Vancouver Canucks

The Jets look to get back in the win column at home versus the Canucks

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Winnipeg Jets James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

Time: 7:00 CT

TV: TSN 3

Radio: TSN 1290

Introduction:

The Winnipeg Jets currently sit one point out of a playoff spot in the Western conference behind the Edmonton Oilers, and have a record of 3-5-2 in their last 10 games. Home has been anything but sweet for the Jets this season as they are struggling to use Bell MTS Place to their advantage, with a home record of 10-10-2. Tucker Poolman is out for at least the next couple of games, and Bryan Little is back practicing, but not close to returning to game action at this time. The Jets kept things close in the last two games, losing both by one goal margins, on the road in Boston, and at home to Nashville.

It looks like Andrew Copp has been promoted to the second line in place of Jack Roslovic. I like Roslovic, but, I’m interested to see how Copp fits with Nikolaj Ehlers and Blake Wheeler. They could be a very challenging line for opposing teams to play against - speed, grit, defensive acumen - I like it! Number one fan favourite, and Jets representative on the NHL’s all-flow hairstyle team, Sami Niku, remains in the line up teamed with Anthony Bitetto. According to Paul Maurice Luca Sbisa was a “healthy” scratch last game, and it looks like he’s going to sit again tonight. I’m not sure how Bitetto has risen above him on the depth chart, but, I’m not the coach.

The Vancouver Canucks are currently one of the hottest teams in the NHL with a record of 8-2 in their last 10 games. Bo Horvat and Elias Pettersson have been creating offense of late, and Jacob Markstrom has been solid in goal for the Canucks. The Jets have beaten the Canucks the last nine times they have met. Hopefully history will repeat and the Jets come out with a well needed victory.

Go Jets!!!!!!!!!

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WINNIPEG JETS

Forwards

Forwards

Kyle Connor - Mark Scheifele - Patrik Laine

Andrew Copp - Blake Wheeler - Nikolaj Ehlers

Mathieu Perreault - Adam Lowry - Jack Roslovic

Jansen Harkins - Nick Shore - Mason Appleton

Defence

Josh Morrissey - Neal Pionk

Luca Sbisa - Dmitry Kulikov

Anthony Bitetto - Sami Niku

Goalies

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Injuries

F Bryan Little, D Nathan Beaulieu, D Tucker Poolman, F Mark Letestu, D Dustin Byfuglien (suspended)

VANCOUVER CANUCKS

Forwards

J.T. Miller - Elias Pettersson - Jake Virtanen

Tanner Pearson - Bo Horvat - Loui Eriksson

Antoine Roussel - Adam Gaudette - Brock Boeser

Tim Schaller - Jay Beagle - Tyler Motte

Defence

Alex Edler - Troy Stecher

Quinn Hughes - Chris Tanev

Oscar Fantenberg - Tyler Myers

Goalies

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Injuries

F Micheal Ferland, F Tyler Graovac, F Josh Leivo, F Brandon Sutter