Mark Scheifele getting benched must have been a massive eye-opener for the rest of the Winnipeg Jets in uniform last game. Being the team’s number one centreman for the Jets, Scheifele is a huge facilitator for this squad who will have to get back to the way he was playing in previous games.
With the Edmonton Oilers arriving at Bell MTS Place for a two-game series against a struggling Jets, tonight will be a serious test for Winnipeg. These two teams have played each other a total of seven times so far this season, with the Oilers winning five of those games. In fact, Edmonton has won the last four straight contests versus Winnipeg.
Adam Lowry will still be enjoying all the treats the Bell MTS Place culinary team will have prepared for the spectating players as he is with what are concussion-related symptoms. As discussed on the latest episode of The LZ Sports Show (see below), we noticed during the April 24th loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Lowry’s size, physical presence, and skills were missed.
What we didn’t cover on the show yesterday was how the Jets will have to perform without budding superstar Nikolaj Ehlers. It was announced this morning that Ehlers will be out of the lineup for the rest of the regular season. Paul Maurice said he is hopeful the Danish phenom will be ready to go for the playoffs, which isn’t a long time away.
On the other bench, one of my former favourite Winnipeg Jets, Dmitry Kulikov, will be making a return to his former home rink in downtown Winnipeg with the Edmonton Oilers, who acquired the Russian defensemen at the trade deadline.
It should be quite an entertaining tilt. Highly anticipated physical play to go along with some high octane speed and skill should have everyone at home on the edge of their couches and recliners. This is already feeling like a playoff atmosphere, and this 2-game stint is very likely a preview of round one.
GO JETS GO!