The Jets are 3-1-1 in their pre-season exhibition games and will look to close things out their final game of training camp which ends in Calgary against the Flames. We know that Jets coach Rick Bowness wants as close to his opening night lineup as he can have so folks are gonna be paying very close attention to the lines and D pairs that are used today at morning skate out at the IcePlex.
We get the lines and D pairs courtesy of Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun who indicates that forward missing are Brad Lambert, Mason Appleton and that Sam Gagner is skating as an extra. He also indicated that Capobianco and Kovacevic are not on the ice. He also confirms that Connor Hellebuyck gets the start in net.
Jets projected lines & D pairs:
Players media availability:
Coach media availability:
1. Status of Mason Appleton
2. Is this close to his opening night roster?
3. Status of the three guys who didn’t skate?
4. Is there any concern with Appleton’s status for game 1?
5. Has Ville Heinola made the team?
6. Ongoing fight for a roster spot.
7. Getting Perfetti/Dubois/Wheeler comfortable.
8. How do they differ from Ehlers/Scheifele/Connor?
9. Pairing Schmidt with Heinola
10. Does waiver status factor into decision making?
Puck drop is at 8:00 pm CDT. Reminder that the game is only being streamed on the Jets or Flames websites. 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.