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2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Jets vs Oilers pre-game 1 report

Getting you set up for Game 1 between the Jets and Oilers.

So many questions marks for the Winnipeg Jets heading into game one of their series against the Oilers when it comes to health of their players.  Andrew Copp skated in a non-contact uniform but declared that he’d be ready for game 1 and took line rushes in practice yesterday.  Whereas Nikolaj Ehlers was also in a non-contact jersey but not taking line rushes on Tuesday and Pierre-Luc Dubois wasn’t even on the ice.

Jets vs Oilers

Morning skate:

As per Tom Gazzola of TSN 1260 Edmonton there has been a Pierre-Luc Dubois sighting although he is, not unexpectedly, wearing a yellow non-contact uniform as is Nikolaj Ehlers.

Health news:

Head coach Paul Maurice confirms that Nikolaj Ehlers and Pierre-Luc Dubois will not play tonight in game 1. He wouldn’t confirm any other lineup news so for now the projected lines and D pairs will be based on yesterday’s practice although it seems like he could be a toss up between Jansen Harkins and Dominic Toninato since Harkins reportedly stayed on the ice for extra work. Which means stay tuned for warm up skate for confirmation around 7:30 PM.

Jets projected lines & D pairs:

Connor-Scheifele-Wheeler
Copp-Stastny-Vesalainen
Perreault-Lowry-Appleton
Toninato/Harkins-Thompson-Lewis

Morrissey-DeMelo
Forbort-Pionk
Stanley-Poolman

Hellebuyck
Brossoit

Players media availability:

Coach media availability:

Topics:

1) Lineup clarity
2) Was there a setback for Pierre-Luc Dubois?
3) Lack of power in the power play.
4) How much is he expecting of the role special teams will play?
5) Does he look back at the way the Hawks generated vs the Oilers last year?
6) How important will it be to control emotions in the first 5-10 minutes of game?
7) What’s he looking for from his second line?
8) Line blending
9) Role in front of the blue space.
10) Mason Appleton’s role.
11) Is there any relevance to how you finish the season or how you did vs a team when playoffs start?

Up Next:

Puck drop is at 8:00 pm CDT.  Be sure to head over to illegalcurve.com following the game for a recap of the action which includes post-game interviews from Jets players as well as from head coach Paul Maurice.  You can also join us afterwards for our post-game show here (be sure to smash that like/subscribe button).

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