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WINNIPEG - The first road trip of the preseason goes tonight, as the Winnipeg Jets head into Edmonton to take on the Oilers.
The most veteran forward line will feature Adam Lowry, Andrew Copp, and Brandon Tanev, with last season's shutdown pairing of Jacob Trouba and Josh Morrissey also getting their first preseason action.
They won't exactly get to dip their toe into it either, as the Oilers are expected to dress a more veteran line-up, one that includes captain Connor McDavid.
"He's probably the fastest guy in the world. I guess you may as well hop into it right off the bat with the toughest guy to play against. It'll be a fun test," said Morrissey. "It's fun to work on things and see where you're at. It's always a very difficult challenge, but one that Troubs and I enjoy. It should be fun."
Video: PREGAME | Josh Morrissey
Of the 18 skaters flying to Edmonton, 10 played in Monday's 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. One of those is Marko Dano, who scored the game's opening goal. Brendan Lemieux assisted on that goal with a hard drive to the net, and the two will once again be united on a line - this time with Seth Griffith in the middle.
"(Lemieux) a power forward and he takes the puck to the net, and I try to do the same thing. We have good chemistry there," said Dano. "I think Seth is a skilled player. He can fit real well. Hopefully we'll get some more time on the ice and produce more offence. But we have to be aware of the defensive side too, so hopefully we can spend more time in their zone than ours."
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The 23-year-old Dano played in 23 games last season, but that didn't change his attitude when he came to the rink every night.
"I was just trying to do my job and stay positive every day and work on those things that you're not able to when you're playing," said Dano, adding that tight turns and plays out of the corner were two of the things he worked on with coaches after practice.
"Last season helped me in that way. It got me mentally stronger and hopefully now I can earn a spot and be a part of the team and play on the ice more and more."
Video: PREGAME | Marko Dano
Dano used the summer to drop 15 pounds, and says he feels a step quicker on the ice in training camp. Head coach Paul Maurice has noticed as well, and said the way Dano handled last season will earn him an extra look this season.
"He's made some big improvements in his game," said Maurice. "He's going to get a certain benefit of the doubt based on the way he handled that year. Haven't had that a whole lot where we stayed fairly healthy for stretches, or guys came in and I didn't take him out, he just lost minutes to other guys.
"But he handled it so well, and he worked hard. Then he went home and did what we asked him to do.You're going to put out your best line-up on opening night, so it's not a free ride to a job."
Based on this morning's skate at Bell MTS Iceplex, the Jets line-up is expected to look like this:
Eric Comrie will get the start in goal after backing up Laurent Brossoit on Monday night.
Video: PREGAME | Jack Roslovic
Maurice has liked the growth he's seen in Comrie's game during training camp.
"When he went in and played a game for us (in Columbus), his low work is outstanding," said Maurice. "He's not a 6'5" goalie, and that's what they all look like now. He has to use his positioning on the ice to buy himself some size, if you will. It looks like he'll be able to do that. That takes years.
"Early on he'd get beat high quite heavily, even in practice. He looks bigger in the net. His positioning is right and he's worked hard at it."
Puck drop is set for 8 pm CT at Rogers Place.
-- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.com
The Winnipeg Jets play their first road game of the 2018 pre-season tonight when they travel to Edmonton to take on the Oilers at Rogers Place...The Jets defeated the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Monday night at Bell MTS Place to begin their seven-game pre-season slate...Winnipeg is back home Friday to welcome the Calgary Flames for its third game of the pre-season.
Aside from having the same goaltending tandem as Monday's game against Minnesota, 10 players that suited up on Monday are scheduled to play tonight, including four of the six defencemen - Tucker Poolman, Logan Stanley, Joe Morrow, and Sami Niku...Forwards Seth Griffith, Jack Roslovic, Kristian Vesalainen, Brendan Lemieux, Marko Dano, and Mason Appleton are playing their second game as well.
Goaltender Laurent Brossoit, who was signed as a free agent on July 1 after playing the first five seasons of his professional career in the Oilers organization, stopped 39 of 40 shots in Monday's win against Minnesota in his Jets pre-season debut...In 28 regular season games with the Oilers, he made 39 or more saves only once - his NHL debut on Apr. 9/15 at SJS when he stopped 49 of 51 shots.
The Jets received their two goals in Monday's win from unlikely sources, as Marko Dano and Joe Morrow did the scoring...Dano had two goals in 23 games last season, while Morrow had six goals in 56 games with the Jets and Montreal Canadiens.
The Jets went a perfect 3-0 against the Oilers last season, including a pair of victories in Edmonton...The Jets outscored the Oilers 14-5 in the three games...Nikolaj Ehlers (3G, 2A) and Blake Wheeler (1G, 4A) paced the Jets against the Oilers last season with five points in three games...Ehlers had a hat trick in Winnipeg's first win of the season on Oct. 9 in Edmonton...Mark Scheifele also had four points (1G, 3A) in two games against Edmonton last season...The Jets are 8-5-0 in their last 13 regular season games against the Oilers...Since the franchise relocated to Winnipeg in 2011, Wheeler leads the Jets in scoring against Edmonton with 14 points (2G, 14A) in 16 games.
For the first time since 2016, the Jets start the regular season on the road, as they begin the 2018-19 campaign at Enterprise Center in St. Louis against the Blues on Oct. 4 and follow up with their second game in Dallas against the Stars on Oct. 6...However, Winnipeg plays the bulk of their October schedule at Bell MTS Place, as the team has seven of their first 10 games at home...The Jets have a season-high six-game homestand from Oct. 14-24.
Starting tonight, the Jets begin a stretch of six games in eight days, including three back-to-back sets ...Winnipeg plays their usual pre-season counterparts twice each - Minnesota, Calgary, and Edmonton - and host the New Jersey Devils on Sept. 27 in their lone pre-season game against an Eastern Conference opponent.
Both the Jets and the Oilers are scheduled to play in Europe during the regular season, albeit against different opponents...The Oilers are slated to play the New Jersey Devils in Gothenburg, Sweden to open the regular season on Oct. 6, while the Jets are scheduled to face the Florida Panthers in Helsinki, Finland on Nov. 1 and 2.
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