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Winnipeg Jets Practice Report

The Jets will start to prepare for seven straight games at home.

The Jets returned from California with five of six points in the standings bank and will now be back home in Winnipeg for awhile as they prepare for seven straight at Canada Life Centre.

Andrew Copp at practice scaled

Photo Credit: Colby Spence (Illegal Curve)

Pre-skate news:

After being away from the team as he was in the NHL’s covid-19 protocols today’s skate sees the return of centre Mark Scheifele.

Skate news:

Mike McIntyre of the Winnipeg Free Press confirms that all players are present and accounted for except goalie Connor Hellebuyck.  Mike also provides some very interesting lines as a result of 55 being back on the ice.

Lines & D Pairs:

Connor-Dubois-Svechnikov
Stastny-Copp-Ehlers
Lowry-Scheifele-Wheeler
And then Harkins, Vesalainen, Toninato and Nash rotating on 4th line.

Morrissey-Schmidt
Dillon-Pionk
Stanley-DeMelo

Players media availability:

Coach media availability:

Topics:

1) How does Mark Scheifele look?
2) How did he come up with the line combos? (:22)
3) Moving Adam Lowry to the wing (1:08)
4) Being 4-2-2 on the season given the early adversity (2:13)
5) His thoughts on Wheeler’s comments re: mistake playing through injury last season (3:31)
6) Connor Hellebuyck’s absence (4:20)
7) What is the determining factor on if they stick with 11/7 or go back to 12/6? (4:45)
8) Being able to get back into games with their firepower (6:37)
9) Team not losing belief in ability to comeback (8:06)
10) Drills at practice today (9:18)

Up next:

The Jets road homestand will begin tomorrow against the Stars. Start your day with the morning papers at 7 AM, then join us for the Illegal Curve Post-Game Show following the final buzzer.

The Jets remain off but both the Moose and Ice are in action tomorrow.

Manitoba will be in Milwaukee to take on the Admirals.

Ice will be in Brandon to take on the Wheat Kings.

Keep it locked to https://illegalcurve.com/

Jets topics covered in the weekly chat on Global with John Shannon included:

Jets finish in Central and what happens with Pierre-Luc Dubois.

https://illegalcurve.com/global-news-update-with-john-shannon-on-the-winnipeg-jets-8/

ICYMI: Former Winnipeg Jets forward Kristian Vesalainen has signed a one-year extension with HIFK.

https://illegalcurve.com/winnipeg-jets-1st-rounder-kristian-vesalainen-signs-one-year-extension-with-hifk/

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