As the National Hockey League begins this season with a trial run of 3-game series, the Winnipeg Jets will be playing game 2 of their 3-game set against the Ottawa Senators. The league is examining just how to diminish the extent of travel for the organizations. This will be the Jets’ final game for this road trip to open a young season. With a record of 1-1-0 so far away from home, Winnipeg does stand a solid chance after tonight to come back to BellMTS Place with 4 out of 6 points.
Patrik Laine is poised to sit out tonight’s contest and the only change expected in the lineup is in the netminder position. Connor Hellebuyck will be back starting in place of Laurent Brossoit. It has become quite apparent that Head Coach Paul Maurice does not enjoy changing lineups after defeats or victories. Being quite headstrong with how the team’s on-ice problems can eventually just go away, rather than having to assess the problem.
Sami Niku is clearly struggling and is projected to be a healthy scratch for tonight’s tilt, along with Jack Roslovic and Kristian Vesalainen.
Squads will want to come back strong if they have back-to-back matchups against an opponent, particularly after losing the previous game. As such, you can expect the Ottawa Senators to come out of the tunnel fired up and ready to take on a Winnipeg Jets unit that already has some momentum on their side heading back into the Canadian Tire Centre tonight.
With 2 goals and 2 assists already, Kyle Connor is leading the Jets in scoring. The Jets will look to him and the whole first line (projected to be Ehlers, Scheifele, and Wheeler) to carry the load tonight in the nation’s capital.
GO JETS GO!