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Jets vs. Panthers preview

Game at Helsinki is first of two in NHL Global Series

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

JETS (7-4-1) vs. PANTHERS (2-4-3)

At Hartwall Arena (Helsinki, Finland)

2 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN3, NHL.TV


The Game

The Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers will play the first of two games as part of the NHL Global Series at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki on Thursday. The second game will be Friday.

Florida is last in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference; the Panthers have yet to win in regulation. Winnipeg has won four of its past six but is coming off a 3-2 loss at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 27.


Players to watch

Jets center Mark Scheifele has eight points (four goals, four assists) during a five-game point streak.

Panthers forward Mike Hoffman has scored a goal in four straight games and has one point in each of the past seven games.


They said it

"There's points on the line; that's why we're here. We're here to get four points. It's a business trip for us. Now the fun part's over. Gameday is just a normal day; it doesn't matter if we play in Winnipeg or we play here. It's the same type of game. We need to do everything as well as we can to get those points, and that's all that matters." -- Jets forward Patrik Laine

"When the puck drops, it's game on. It doesn't matter where you play, you want to get those points. We came here to try to win those games and we're going to do everything we can to win, and [it's the] same thing with Winnipeg. We're not going to any shows in the middle of games or anything like that. We're just going to play as hard as we can and try to adjust to the atmosphere. I know it's going to be really nice to play here." -- Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov


Jets projected lineup

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Kyle Connor -- Bryan Little -- Mathieu Perreault

Brandon Tanev -- Adam Lowry -- Patrik Laine

Brendan Lemieux -- Andrew Copp -- Jack Roslovic

Josh Morrissey -- Jacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot -- Dustin Byfuglien

Dmitry Kulikov  -- Tyler Myers

Connor Hellebuyck

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Nic PetanJoe Morrow

Injured: None


Panthers projected lineup

Evgenii Dadonov -- Aleksander Barkov -- Nick Bjugstad

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Vincent Trocheck -- Mike Hoffman

Frank Vatrano -- Jared McCann -- Denis Malgin

Troy Brouwer -- Juho Lammikko -- Colton Sceviour

Keith Yandle -- Alexander Petrovic

Mike Matheson -- Aaron Ekblad

MacKenzie Weegar -- Bogdan Kiselevich

James Reimer

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Maxim Mamin, Roberto Luongo

Injured: Mark Pysyk (upper body), Derek MacKenzie (upper body), Jamie McGinn (back)


Status report

Jets coach Paul Maurice confirmed Hellebuyck will start Thursday, but he is undecided about Friday. … Luongo, who injured his knee in the Panthers' first game of the season on Oct. 6, was activated off injured reserve Thursday morning. He was a full participant in practice Tuesday and Wednesday but is unlikely to play in either of these two games. Hutchinson will back up Reimer. ... Boughner confirmed Pysyk is out and is unlikely to play Friday. He was injured Oct. 19. ... Malgin will play after being a healthy scratch in a 3-2 loss at the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 27.


Stat pack

Connor has six points (two goals, four assists) during a five-game point streak. ... Laine has gone five straight games without a point. … Dadonov has seven points (three goals, four assists) during a six-game point streak. ... Barkov has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past five games.

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