There was no morning skate for the Jets today as they get set to face the Oilers tonight in the final home pre-season game.
Lines/D pairs and starting goalie based on pre-game warm up skate:
Coach Maurice: On the role that David Gustafsson has in camp. Is Wheeler nusring anything? What are the benefits of Gustafsson playing in a regular season game? What is the next step for Nikolaj Ehlers? On the offensive need from Ehlers. Does he have different lineups drawn up for the opening day? Anything new on Niku? Is the plan to start with a 23 man roster? Status of Morrissey/Lowry? Will there be more cuts prior to Sunday? On the Oilers bringing their big guns. Would he try to get Heinola up against McDavid?
All audio courtesy of TSN 1290 Winnipeg.
Coach Maurice indicated Sami Niku did an IR skate today. “His is the most significant, so he is still off our radar.” When asked about timeline he added “He is day-to-day but the day-to-day is not day-to-day playing. There will be three phases for him: He skates by himself, feels good. Skates with us, feels good. But you’re talking about a guy who has had two full training camp days. He’s missed an awful lot.”
Puck drop is at 7:00 pm CDT. 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.