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Game 2: Jets vs Stars pre-game report

A look at the projected lineups and pre-game interviews.

A clash of titans? Perhaps it is a bit early for that but both the Jets and Stars come into today’s action undefeated. Of course Winnipeg has played one game and Dallas just two so as I indicated perhaps a tad premature.

Most notable is that due to Rick Bowness coming down with covid last week he will not be behind the bench when he faces his former team instead it will be associate coach Scott Arniel leading the way.

Skate news:

As per Mike McIntyre of the Winnipeg Free Press who is at American Airlines Arena in Dallas there are no lineup changes expected for the Jets as they are rolling the same as they used in game 1.

Jets projected lines & D pairs:

Connor-Scheifele-Ehlers
Perfetti-Dubois-Wheeler
Barron-Lowry-Appleton
Maenalanen-Gustafsson-Gagner

Morrissey-DeMelo
Dillon-Pionk
Stanley-Scmidt

Hellebuyck
Rittich

Betway Odds:

As I alluded to above both of these clubs are feeling good about themselves by virtue of the fact that they are undefeated on the season. Should be an excellent goalie matchup between established Vezina winner Connor Hellebuyck and up and coming Jake Oettinger. As you can see the odds remain close between these two clubs which isn’t a surprise although the edge goes to the home club for tonight’s game. Be sure to check out the latest game day odds from Betway.

Player media availability:

Coach media availability:

Topics:

1) Status of Rick Bowness?
2) Same lineup? (:55)
3) What does Saku Maenalanen bring? (1:25)
4) Having more physicality from Maenalanen (2:16)
5) 4th liners who contribute on special team (3:08)
6) Blake Wheeler adapting to his new reality (4:06)
7) Challenges for Stars goalie Jake Oettinger (4:53)

Up Next:

Puck drop is at 7:30 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 Rick Bowness.

You can also join us afterwards for the Illegal Curve Post-Game Show. (be sure to smash that like/subscribe button). This season you’ll have a chance to win great schwag including authentic Jets jerseys, hats, etc after every single game (For a variety of ways to enter click here).

The Jets have gone from a team with seven injured players to two (Appleton & Gustafsson) but that number grew to three when defenceman Dylan DeMelo was added to the list.

The latest on the trio of skating wounded.

https://illegalcurve.com/winnipeg-jets-coach-rick-bowness-gives-last-health-update-before-all-star-break/

Papers Update:

Scout's Analysis: How the Winnipeg Jets should approach trade deadline.

https://illegalcurve.com/winnipeg-jets-morning-papers-3756/

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