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GAME DAY: Jets travel to Minnesota to face Wild

7:00pm CT - TV: TSN3; Radio: TSN 1290

by WinnipegJets.com Staff @NHLJets / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - Check back later today for a full report from the morning skate.

- Mitchell Clinton, WinnipegJets.com

JETS GAME NOTES

Tonight's Lineup

Tweet from @WpgJetsPR: Here is the roster that will travel to Minnesota tonight to face the @mnwild. #RiseTogether pic.twitter.com/ahDZ70Y86t

The Matchup

The Winnipeg Jets continue their seven-game 2017 preseason schedule tonight at Xcel Energy Center against the Minnesota Wild...The Wild won both clubs' preseason opener 3-2 (SO) on Monday at Bell MTS Place...The Jets' next preseason action is Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place.

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Petan making adjustments during move to the wing

22-year-old played 15:37 in first preseason action of 2017

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - They had their chances - and hit five goal posts - but the Winnipeg Jets could only get one shot past the Edmonton Oilers' goaltending tandem of Laurent Broissoit and Nick Ellis in a 4-1 loss Wednesday night.

But that one goal came on the power play, and came after an extended stretch of sustained pressure. Nic Petan was part of that unit, which included Tyler Myers, Bryan Little, Jacob Trouba, and Nikolaj Ehlers (the eventual goal scorer).

Petan had four minutes of power play time to bring him to a 15:37 total for the night, believes the key to success on the man advantage is how quickly the Jets move the puck.

"Puck on the stick, puck off the stick. Not too many stick handles were happening on that first power play there," said Petan. "Later on in the game, guys were thinking we had too much time and they were jumping on us. The quicker the pucks moved on the power play, the more lanes opened up."

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Jets fire 34 shots but fall 4-1 to Edmonton

Ehlers gets lone goal for Winnipeg; Mason stops 21 in Jets debut

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick / WinnipegJets.com

Video: POSTGAME | Oilers 4 Jets 1 - F

WINNIPEG - That sound you hear is the unmistakeable tone of a frozen rubber puck battering a two-and-a-half inch wide, hollow iron pipe.

The Winnipeg Jets heard plenty of it - on five separate occasions, in fact - in Wednesday's 4-1 preseason loss to the Edmonton Oilers, who admittedly caught a few breaks along way.

Nikolaj Ehlers had Winnipeg's lone goal and Steve Mason made 21 saves.

With the loss, the Jets fall to 0-1-1 in the preseason.

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Hendricks set to make preseason Jets debut against former team

"There's going to be a lot of friendly faces on the other side of the ice tonight"

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - Numerous Winnipeg Jets will be making their preseason debuts against the Edmonton Oilers at Bell MTS Place this evening, including former Oiler Matt Hendricks.

Hendricks signed a one-year deal worth $700,000 with the Jets in the summer, and even though this is just another preseason game for him, he'spretty excited.

"I get to put on another jersey tonight, a cool looking sweater in my opinion," Hendicks said half jokingly. "I get to get into a real game tonight with my teammates and teach them what they're all about. I get to hear the coaching staff go through their pre-game meeting and kind of see how things are run here, and try and get comfortable that way. It's nice to finally get to play a home game at MTS instead of always been a visiting (player)."

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Niku paired with Byfuglien in preseason debut

Defenceman adjusting to smaller North American rink

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - Sami Niku will have one of the NHL's best - Dustin Byfuglien - riding shotgun as he makes his NHL preseason debut tonight against the Edmonton Oilers.

"I'm really excited. It's been an incredible experience at camp so far," the defenceman said following Wednesday's optional practice at Bell MTS Iceplex. "It's my first time in Winnipeg and on North American ice in general, so it's taken a bit to adjust to. The game is a bit different and the rink is a lot smaller, but overall it's been good."

Niku says the most difficult part of adjusting to the smaller ice surface has been less about the physical rink dimensions and more about the pace of the game.

Here, circling back and being "casual" with the puck just isn't an option, says Head Coach Paul Maurice.

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GAME DAY: Jets, Oilers clash in Winnipeg

7:00pm CT - TV: TSN3; Radio: TSN 1290

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - Tyler Myers has been waiting for this day for a long time.

Even though it's only a preseason game, and it doesn't count for any points in the standings, tonight's match up with the Edmonton Oilers will be his first game since Nov. 11, 2016.

"I'm excited to get back out there and skate with the guys again," said Myers. "For me it's just focusing on doing the little things, especially in exhibition; just quick simple plays and not trying to force anything. We've got a lot of scoring power up front, so just get the puck to those guys and get to work."

With three surgeries behind him, and his son Tristan doing well after his health scare last season, Myers came into camp wanting to play in every single preseason game he could.

"I had a conversation with (head coach) Paul (Maurice) right before camp started… He pulled the reigns back a little bit," Myers said with a grin. "However many games I get I'll make the best of it. Try and focus on where I left off at the start of last year. I watched a little more video coming into this year just because I didn't have that playing time. I'm feeling good and I'm ready to go."

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Inaugural Winnipeg Jets Fan Forum

Mark Chipman, Kevin Cheveldayoff, Paul Maurice & many more headlined the exclusive event with Jets Season Seat Holders

by Winnipeg Jets @NHLJets / http://winnipegjets.com

As part of the annual Winnipeg Jets Fan Fest weekend, True North Sports + Entertainment provided Season Seat Holders with a new and exciting opportunity: The chance to have their most burning questions answered by those behind the scenes of the Jets and Manitoba Moose.

That opportunity came in the form of the inaugural Fan Fest Fan Forum - a 90-minute session held at Bell MTS Iceplex, hosted by TSN's Dennis Beyak. Questions on a variety of topics were asked of those behind the bench like Paul Maurice and Pascal Vincent, right up to team management and ownership, when Executive Chairman Mark Chipman and General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff provided insight into what it takes to prepare the team for the future, while contending in the present.

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Last season's NHL debut is fuelling Jack Roslovic in camp

Coach Maurice plans to get the young centre into preseason action soon

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - Jack Roslovic's first NHL game was a dream come true.

Not only is it a fond memory for the 20-year-old, but it was a historical evening for the young centre who grew up just minutes away from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH.

That night, as the Winnipeg Jets skated to a 5-4 win over the Blue Jackets, Roslovic became the first home grown player to participate in an NHL game.

It's a memory that motivated him all off-season.

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Jets, Wild combine for 17 power plays in preseason opener

Ryan Malone scores shootout winner as Wild top Jets in a shootout

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - The signs were all there that it would be a special teams extravaganza before the Winnipeg Jets played their first preseason game Monday against the Minnesota Wild at Bell MTS Place.

On Sunday, the Vancouver Canucks and Vegas Golden Knights opened their NHL preseason with a combined 17 power plays.

Seventeen turned out to be the magic number as well in a 3-2 shootout loss for the Jets, who went 2-for-10 with the man advantage.

"Thirty-three minutes of 5-on-5 time. We knew that going in," said Head Coach Paul Maurice. "It was true to form of all the other games; really, really high penalty totals."

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Malone scores shootout winner as Wild top Jets

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick / WinnipegJets.com

Video: POSTGAME | Wild 3 Jets 2 - SO

WINNIPEG - After four consecutive days of practice and intense off-ice workouts, the Winnipeg Jets finally took to the ice for their first test of the preseason, giving Head Coach Paul Maurice and the rest of the staff their first look at the squad in game action.

Make no mistake: It was a preseason game, all right - sloppy and penalty filled after a long summer off - but the very sight of the boys in blue carving the ice in downtown Winnipeg was just the start of what we've all been waiting for.

Hockey season. It's back, baby.

Unfortunately for the Jets, Night 1 didn't go their way.

Ryan Malone scored the only goal in the shootout while goaltender Steve Michalek stopped all three Winnipeg shooters as the Minnesota Wild took a 3-2 win Monday at Bell MTS Place.

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