Note: The Jets had themselves some fun last night at Canada Life at their Skills Competition which we captured on our Instagram account courtesy of our ace photographer Colby Spence. Today they are scheduled to practice at 11:45 AM CST which could prove interesting given all the potential players who could be closer to a return to the lineup. Be sure to check back for the Practice Report.
Note II: The Moose did not have a stellar start to their six-game road trip which began last night in Laval against the Rocket. They didn’t have Jansen Harkins in the lineup after he was reassigned on Wednesday to the Moose. Also no Daniel Torgersson (Jets 2020 2nd rounder) in the lineup and we shall have to wait and see if Brad Lambert (2022 1st) joins them after World Juniors. There were two debuts in the game including Joseph Nardi making his AHL debut and Brayden Burke his Moose debut. It was a debut to remember for Nardi as he scored his first AHL goal. However the Moose ultimately lost their third game in a row with the 6-3 loss. They are set to practice today as they prepare for their re-match tomorrow night.
Note III: The Ice swept their two-game series with the Blades last weekend which is a good thing for the top team in the Eastern Conference with Red Deer nipping at their heels in the 2nd spot. Next up they’ll play the 2nd place in the Western Conference Portland on Sunday. It may feel like a home game for the Winterhawks who have seven Manitobans on their roster.
Note IV: The two Jets prospects (Chaz Lucius & Rutger McGroarty) on Team USA will have a chance to go for a Bronze medal against Team Sweden (and Jets prospect Fabian Wagner) at the World Juniors after their squad lost to Team Canada last night in World Juniors action later tonight. The Canadians will go for gold against Czechia also this evening in Halifax.
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