The Jets have split the two games of this three-game homestand and are looking to conclude it with a win against a Hurricanes team that sits second in the Metropolitan Division behind the juggernaut New Jersey Devils.
As per Mike McIntyre of the Winnipeg Free Press it is an optional this morning but he indicated that David Rittich is in the starter’s net. According to Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun it looks like Kyle Capobianco stayed on for extra work and it looks like Ville Heinola will make his season debut.
Head coach Rick Bowness indicated that Jansen Harkins returns to the lineup tonight. He didn’t say who comes out. Stay tuned for warm-up skate to find out.
Ville Heinola paired up with Dylan Samberg. And Jansen Harkins comes in for Dominic Toninato.
Jets projected lines & D pairs:
Jonsson-Fjallby Lowry Maenalanen
Hurricanes projected lines & D pairs:
Noesen – Aho – Necas
Svechnikov – Kotkaniemi – Jarvis
Martinook – Staal – Fast
Drury – Stastny – Stepan
Slavin – Burns
Skjei – Pesce
de Haan – Chatfield
Carolina’s lines and D pairs come via the official team site.
Carolina comes into this game scoring more often than Winnipeg but also giving up more goals than the home team does. They also come into the game as favourites and perhaps that has to do with a solid 6-3-2 road record which the Jets counter with a 6-2-0 home record. Be sure to check out the latest game day odds from Betway.
Players media availability:
Coach media availability:
1) Getting Ville Heinola into the lineup.
1) Facing the Hurricanes. (:24)
2) Getting shots on net (1:05)
3) Did neutral zone puck movement factor into Heinola drawing in? (1:50)
4) Status of Dylan DeMelo (2:12)
5) Lineup for tonight (2:24)
6) Decision to start David Rittich tonight (2:55)
7) Status of Morgan Barron (3:31)
There was some hope Dylan DeMelo would be available for tonight’s game but he isn’t quite ready according to head coach Rick Bowness as he continues to deal with his upper-body injury. He is listed as “day-to-day”. He will go on the trip with the Jets and they are hoping to get him into a game on their road trip. Morgan Barron, who is recovering from wrist surgery, will travel with the team but he is “aways away” as per head coach Rick Bowness and will remain in a non-contact uniform.
Puck drop is at 6:30 pm CST. 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 Rick Bowness.
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