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Jets hold final practice of training camp ahead of Saturday's preseason finale

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 /

WINNIPEG - It may have only been a preseason game, but the Winnipeg Jets aren't happy about the 5-2 loss in Edmonton last night.

Just ask Paul Postma, who had an assist in 15:18 of ice time in the game.

"We treated last night like a regular season game. The atmosphere and the mood in the room, obviously we're not happy with our performance last night," said Postma of the loss that snapped a four-game preseason win streak.

While the approach in the dressing room may be focusing and preparing like it's the regular season, the reality is there is still Saturday's game in Minnesota against the Wild on the preseason schedule.

Head coach Paul Maurice says he plans to go with a line-up very close to the one that will suit up at the home opener on Oct. 13.

Video: PRACTICE | Paul Maurice

"There are some nicks and bruises. There are some guys that for me have made the team that aren't going to be in the line-up tomorrow," said Maurice. "You'll run the bench with a little bit more of a mindset of match ups but you're still running your whole bench. I'm not going to run it like an NHL game where you'll tighten down quite a bit early."

In the third period of last night's game, Mathieu Perreault didn't have Kyle Connor on his wing for the first time since training camp began. He spent the final period with Joel Armia and this summer's second overall pick, Patrik Laine.

Video: PRACTICE | Mathieu Perreault

At today's practice, the three spent more time together as a unit.

"A guy like that, I'm obviously going to try and get him the puck and let him shoot," Perreault said of Laine. "I always had a pass first mentality. It's not really going to change, especially with a guy like that."

The 28-year-old Perreault stressed communication to his line mates today.

"I try to tell him to talk on the ice. He's a little bit shy right now so he's not talking too much. Sometimes if he's behind me and he's wide open, there's a chance I don't see him…. Same with Joel," said Perreault. "He's not a very vocal guy so I'm trying to tell these guys to be talking on the ice. It makes things so much easier."

Video: PRACTICE | Paul Postma

A win tomorrow night would put the good feeling back in the dressing room. It would also give the Jets five wins in the preseason, something the franchise hasn't done since 2007.

"We want to get into a good feeling for this season," Perreault said. "This next game, we're going to have to take it like it's the first game of the season."

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