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WINNIPEG - Tucker Poolman will play his sixth game of the preseason tonight as the Winnipeg Jets fly into Calgary to take on the Flames.
The 24-year-old right-handed defenceman will also get another look on his off side, in a pairing with veteran Tyler Myers.
"The neutral zone it's a little bit tougher making the plays you need to make," Poolman said. "Certain parts of the D-zone are nice taking a rush, I think at least. Picking up a puck off the wall in the offensive zone is tougher too, on the backhand.
"The bigger, older, and stronger the guys are, it's tougher to handle. It makes things like body position and positioning that much more important."
Video: PREGAME | Tucker Poolman
Kyle Connor will join Poolman and Andrew Copp (both in the line-up tonight) as the only players to suit up in six of the seven exhibition games on the Jets' schedule.
At this morning's skate at Bell MTS Iceplex, Connor was on the wing with Mark Scheifele at centre, and Nic Petan on the left wing.
"It's going to be fun out there playing with those guys. They're two great players," said Connor. "We're just looking to work hard and win all those battles. I think our skill will take over once we get the puck."
Here is how the lines looked at this morning's pre-game skate:
The Jets have won their last two preseason games, including a 5-2 win over Calgary on Monday at Bell MTS Place.
Now with the preseason wrapping up, and teams getting closer to their final NHL rosters, head coach Paul Maurice expects the play on the ice to have a more "sorted" look to it.
Video: PREGAME | Kyle Connor
"For two reasons, there's not a lot of guys out there that are hitters trying to prove that they can hit," said Maurice. "The difference in the games now is just quickness and execution. Better players move faster and make passes into the lanes where your stick has to be. There's more of a cost if you're not paying attention."
Maurice said he doesn't plan on "hard matching" lines tonight, but left the door open to getting certain players in the scenario he wants to see them in.
"I'm not pulling anyone off the ice tonight, but I'll pay a little more attention to their bench," said Maurice. "That's the one piece of these exhibition games that maybe the young guys don't realize. The veteran guys are doing what they're supposed to do, and they're working hard. But this is a completely different game than what is played in a week's time."
At 20-years-old, Connor may be young, but last season he saw that change of game. He played in 19 NHL games to start the 2016-17 season, then joined the Jets for game 82.
Video: PREGAME | Paul Maurice
"You want to get a good showing out tonight, then get ramped up and ready for the regular season," he said. "After this game, it begins."
Steve Mason, who made 26 saves in Monday's win over the Flames - will get his third start of the preseason tonight, with puck drop set for 8 pm CT.
- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.com
JETS GAME NOTES
The Winnipeg Jets play their seventh and final game of the preseason tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome against the Flames...The Jets are coming off consecutive multi-goal wins with a 5-2 win over the Senators on Monday and a 5-2 victory over Calgary on Monday... Following tonight's game, the Jets open the regular season against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday at Bell MTS Place before they return to Calgary next Saturday...
Against the Flames
The Jets won one of three games against the Flames last season, a 2-0 win on Jan. 9 where Connor Hellebuyck earned the shutout……Nikolaj Ehlers led the way against the Flames in 2016-17 with two points (1G, 1A)…The Jets have put together a 1-2-0 record against the Flames in each of the last three seasons…Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler are tied for the franchise lead in points against the Flames with 14... Little leads the way in goals with seven and Wheeler is tops in assists with nine.
Polished Power Play
Wednesday's win over the Senators saw the Jets tally three power play goals on seven opportunities to run their preseason total to 12 PPGs on 37 chances. Dustin Byfuglien led the way for the Jets as he recorded three points (1G, 2A) on the power play, while Nikolaj Ehlers picked up a pair of assists. Wednesday's multi-power play goal performance was the third straight preseason game where Winnipeg tallied two-or-more PPGs and they have nine power play markers over that stretch.
Four different Jets players had multi-point performances in the win over the Senators on Wednesday. One of that quartet was Nic Petan who picked up two points, including setting up Marko Dano for the game winning goal on a 2-on-1 in the third period. Petan is riding a three-game point streak in the preseason.
Tilting the Ice
Through six preseason games, the Jets have outshot their opponents in four occasions by a total of 38 shots. The most lopsided shot clock in favour of Winnipeg came on Wednesday night as they outshot Ottawa 34-18.
LAST TIME OUT
Video: Little scores two as Jets top Senators, 5-3
WINNIPEG - It was another red-letter day for this red-hot power play.
All to set up one brilliant finish.
Marko Dano broke a 3-3 tie with 6:48 to play in the third period as the Jets rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Ottawa Senators 5-3 in preseason action Wednesday at Bell MTS Place.
On a 2-on-1 that developed in the neutral zone, Dano finished off a beautiful feed from Nic Petan to score his first of the preseason and vault the Jets their second win of the exhibition campaign.
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Petan feeling confident entering final preseason game
WINNIPEG - Nic Petan isn't letting it consume him.
He knows that after 15 days of putting his best foot forward, he's done all he can to prove he belongs.
"I'm just trying to work hard every day and earn my spot," he said. "Hopefully I've done enough. I want to put everything I have into this one last game here and see what happens after that."
Petan skated on the top line with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler at Friday's practice, and could very well get a look there in Saturday's preseason finale against the Calgary Flames.
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