Saturday, October 8, 2011

Game #1: Jets vs. Habs

Sunday, October 9, 2011
MTS Centre 4:00 PM CT
Radio: TSN 1290

One more night's sleep until the Jets are back in the NHL - officially.

Fifteen years and now only that one sleep is all that is between Winnipeg and seeing their Jets legitimately compete in the greatets hockey league in the world.

The Jets take to the ice in their first regular season game since the 1995-96 season at MTS Centre Sunday at 4 o'clock to a raucous crowd of 15,004.

Up front, the Jets are likely to go with the combination of Bryan Little centering Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler. It is likely also that Alexander Burmistrov will center the second line with Nik Antropov and Evander Kane, but there could be the chance Mark Scheifele may start as high up as the second line.

The Jets defensive unit to start the season is the same as ended last season in Atlanta - Dustin Byfuglien, Tobias Enstrom, Zach Bogosian, Ron Hainsey, Johnny Oduya, and Mark Stuart.

On the scale of significance, this game is the biggest since the AHL's Manitoba Moose were in the 2009 Calder Cup Finals or even the Avco Cup Championships of the WHA era Jets.

Despite the 15,004 in the MTS Centre tomorrow afternoon, there will be tens of thousands more pouring onto the streets of downtown Winnipeg and many others watching this historic game on TV.

The Jets are back and we only have mere hours before the dream becomes a reality.

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