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Game 62: Jets vs Oilers pre-game report

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

Quite a day to have to focus on hockey with the NHL Trade Deadline concluding at 2 PM CST. However the show must go on as must this hockey game between Winnipeg and Edmonton which kicks off a home and home back-to-back between these two clubs who hold down the two wild card spots in the Western Conference.

We know that Mason Appleton will not be a player for the Jets as he was placed on injured reserve and it seems unlikely that Pierre-Luc Dubois plays as he was listed as doubtful by head coach Rick Bowness after practice in Winnipeg on Thursday. The team does have Axel Jonsson-Fjallby and potentially David Gustafsson.

Skate news:

As per Jamie Thomas forward Mason Appleton and Pierre-Luc Dubois are in non-contact red at the optional skate. Biggest question is whether Gustafsson or Jonsson-Fjallby draws in.

Update from coach:

He said that Pierre-Luc Dubois is “very doubtful but a game-time decision”. When asked if Dubois doesn’t play they will go with 11/7 the bench boss of Winnipeg said they will activate David Gustafsson.


The Jets activated David Gustafsson from IR. Seems likely he plays based on the comments from Rick Bowness today from Edmonton.

Warm-up skate:

It will indeed be David Gustafsson in for Pierre-Luc Dubois who misses his second straight game according to Jamie Thomas who also indicates that Axel Jonsson-Fjallby is in for Sam Gagner.

Jets projected lines & D pairs:

Maenalanen Gustafsson Jonsson-Fjallby



Betway Odds:

This is a massive game for both teams as they both fight to get into the top 3 of their respective divisions. At home the Oilers have an average record at 15-12-5 although they tuned the Leafs on Wednesday night while the Jets counter with an even more average road record of 15-14-1. Be sure to check out the latest game day odds from Betway.

Players media availability:

Coach media availability:


1) Health update on Pierre-Luc Dubois.
2) Will he go 11/7 if Dubois cannot play? (:10)
3) What would he expect to see from David Gustafsson if he plays? (:20)
4) Acquisition of Vladislav Namestnikov. (:28)
5) How will the Oilers games challenge the Jets? (1:00)
6) Why he doesn’t like going 11/7? (1:17)
7) What signs does he look for to see that the group is responding? (2:02)

Up Next:

Puck drop is at 8:00 pm CST.  Be sure to head over to 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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