The Jets admitted they looked slow on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings for the first half of the game at Bell MTS Place. They lost 3-2 to the Kings to close out their five game homestand at 1-4. When Winnipeg skates like they can, they will dictate play and thanks to three days between Tuesday and the 2019 Tim Horton's NHL Heritage Classic, it should mean a fresh group will take to the ice at Mosaic Stadium tonight.
With the warmer temperatures on Friday the ice was a little bumpy, so tonight with the temperature dropping the ice should be more ideal. For a team like the Jets who play their best when they play fast, the ice will being in good shape should work in Winnipeg's favour.
"I think the ice is going to be even better tonight than it was yesterday. That's good." said Adam Lowry at this morning's media availability.
After a beautiful day Friday for outdoor practice, the weather isn't expected to be as nice for the game itself in Regina. Cold winds from the Northwest will go up to 35 km and should make for some interesting moments on the ice.
"It's definitely going to be different but both teams will have to deal with it," said Mark Scheifele.
"It's not like there's one team who has an advantage or not. We both have to go both ways and just the nature of the beast."
Winnipeg has not won a game yet this season when they score the first goal of the contest. That being said, considering they did not score once in their last appearance at the Heritage Classic in Winnipeg in 2016, getting on the board first to get it out of the way would help. Also, history plays a role in this with the team who scores first going 10-2-2 in the last 14 NHL outdoor games.
HIGH SCORING AFFAIR?
The Jets and Flames are both struggling to keep the puck out of their net allowing 36 and 37 goals respectively this season. On top of that both teams have a lot of firepower with Scheifele, Wheeler, Laine, Connor and Ehlers on the Winnipeg side of things and the Flames have Gaudreau, Tkachuk, Monahan and Giordano. The last five outdoor games have averaged five goals per game so the fans in Regina could be in for a real treat on a windy and chilly evening on the prairies.