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Winnipeg Jets Practice Report

After a regulation loss the team hits the ice to prepare for the Canucks.

The Jets played their first home game in over a month last night but much like their recent games on the road they once again came up short which means the winless skid hit five games (0-3-2). Today they prepare to face a Canucks team which is tied with them in points (although the Jets have three games in hand).

In covid protocol:

Dominic Toninato who went in Tuesday morning and Josh Morrissey who was placed in protocol Tuesday evening.

Pre-skate news:

According to Mitchell Clinton of JetsTV  “David Gustafsson and Dylan DeMelo are out for a skate with strength and conditioning coach Jake Wolff this morning.” That seems to be particularly good news when it comes to Jets 2018 2nd rounder Gustafsson as just yesterday interim head coach Dave Lowry said “Gus is coming along but he’s not close to being a player”.

Transaction news:

Pair of players (Johnny Kovacevic and Kristian Reichel) have been reassigned to taxi squad from the Jets this morning.

Skate news:

As per Ken Wiebe of Sportsnet missing from skate today is defenceman Dylan Samberg. Wieber updates us with the lines and D pairs from Canada Life.

Health news:

Tough news for Jets 2017 2nd rounder Dylan Samberg who has been listed as “week-to-week” by interim coach Dave Lowry.

Lines, D pairs & goalies:




Would be interesting to see if they keep Heinola and Kovacevic together. The two have played eight games this season as a pair with the Moose.

Player media availability:

Coach media availability:


1) Status of Dylan Samberg
2) Tough news on Samberg given how he has played (:24)
3) Will Johnny Kovacevic make his NHL debut? (:52)
4) What are the reports on Kovacevic’s play this year? (1:02)
5) With familiarity between Johnny and Ville, does that factor into pairings? (1:38)
6) Playing Kovacevic and Heinola as a third pairing (2:20)
7) Playing with desperation given place in standings (2:54)
8) Who helps ensure good communication (3:39)
9) Will Cole Perfetti play his 10th game tomorrow? (4:12)

Up next:

The homestand concludes tomorrow in a clash against the Canucks with a 7 PM puck drop.  You can start your day with the Morning Papers which go live on at 7 AM, stick with us throughout the day for updates and then join the conversation on the Illegal Curve Post-Game Show.