After two days of practice the Jets and Panthers will do battle as they kick off the Global Series today in Helsinki, Finland (1 pm CT on TSN 3 and TSN Radio 1290). It feels like it has been weeks not days since the Jets lost a heart breaker in Toronto last Saturday in the 3rd period while the Panthers currently sit last in the Eastern Conference with just two wins in nine games so you know both teams are going to want to walk out of Hartwall Arena with the two points.
AM skate notes:
Looks like there will be a change on the third D pair with Dmitry Kulikov who had been on the fourth pairing with Tucker Poolman the last few days being moved up to replace Joe Morrow according to Jamie Thomas of Jets TV who details the projected lineup below.
Projected Jets lines, D pairs and starting goalie:
Blake Wheeler, Nikolaj Ehlers & Kyle Connor
Patrik Laine & Mark Scheifele
Coach Maurice: On Nikolaj Ehlers season and what he expects from him over the next couple of months. On the mood around the team in advance of the game. On weighing the inconveniences of the travel/time changes vs growing the game.
Puck drop this afternoon is at 1:00 PM central time (which is 8 pm in Finland). Be sure to head over to illegalcurve.com following the game for a recap of the action which includes post-game audio from the Jets room as well as from coach Maurice.