Game 82: Jets vs. Predators pre-game report

Posted by David Minuk in pre-game report,Winnipeg Jets on April 8, 2017 — No Comments

The final morning skate of the 2016-17 season is happening at the MTS Centre in advance of game 82 tonight in Winnipeg.  Puck drop is at 6 pm.

Via Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun:

Ehlers-Scheifele-Wheeler
Perreault-Little-Laine
Tanev-Lowry-Armia
Connor-Copp-Thorburn

Morrissey-Trouba
Melchiori-Byfuglien
Stuart-Nogier

Hellebuyck
Hutchinson

Pre-game audio:

Blake Wheeler:  What is the feeling inside the room knowing it is the final game of the season?  What has worked well over the final stretch of ten games.  What does it say about the team playing as well as they are considering the circumstances?  Is there any carryover to be taken into next season or does the slate get wiped clean?  Is there a benefit to finishing up?

Patrik Laine:  What was it like coming to the rink knowing its the final game of the season?  What does he like about what the Jets been doing lately?  Did he notice a difference in the team when they were eliminated?  What does he expect from Nashville?  On the mood in the locker room.

Josh Morrissey:  What would it mean to end season with the win?  Reflecting on his first full season in the NHL.  Is he surprised at how the season has gone for him?

Coach Maurice:  On Kyle Connor’s game.  On the season that Josh Morrissey has had for the Jets.  On Connor Hellebuyck.  Why was it important for the organization to get their prospects games at the end of the season?  What does he hope the benefit from the strong push?  On the taste the prospects got.  On what the players gain from going to the AHL?  Will the exit interviews be different this year than in years past?  On his approach to game 82.  Why was it important to keep Chris Thorburn in his lineup?

All audio courtesy of TSN 1290 Winnipeg.

Via Brian Munz of TSN 1290 Winnipeg here are the Predators lines, D pairs and starting goalie:

Forsberg-Johansen-Arvidsson
Neal-Sissons-Smith
Fiala-Watson-Parenteau
McLeod-Zolnierczyk-Salomaki

Irwin-Ellis
Ekholm-Subban
Hunt-Weber

Rinne
Saros