Tonight the Winnipeg Jets will host the Vancouver Canucks for game one of a two-game series at Bell MTS Place. It will be a game between two struggling teams who will battle it out as the Jets want to get into playoff form and the Canucks will want to finish the season with a few victories.
These two games were supposed to be played back in April but when the Vancouver Canucks players suffered a COVID-19 outbreak, the games had to be rescheduled to close out the regular season.
The Winnipeg Jets enter tonight’s game after losing the first of four home games to Ottawa Senators 4-2 Saturday night. With the Montreal Canadiens losing Saturday as well, the Jets maintain a two-point lead and one game up on the Habs to hold third place in the Scotia North Division.
If the Jets take as many or more points away from tonight’s match against the Canucks as the Canadiens do from their match with the Oilers, Winnipeg will have secured 3rd place in the division, locking themselves into a first-round playoff matchup with Edmonton.
Logan Stanley is expected to replace Ville Heinola and will be linked with Jordie Benn on one defensive pair. Tucker Poolman will be a healthy scratch. Poolman was not at practice yesterday, seems like the Jets will be resting him for the postseason.
Looking to create a spark tonight, Mathieu Perreault will be back on the second line with Pierre-Luc Dubois and Andrew Copp. Paul Stastny, Adam Lowry, and Mason Appleton will complete the third line.
Head Coach Paul Maurice did confirm that goalie Laurent Brossoit will be getting the start in net tonight, as Connor Hellebuyck started the last two games and will be needed to play tomorrow’s rematch.
GO JETS GO!