Jets switching up lines heading into Minnesota

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The Winnipeg Jets Young Guns will get another long look – albeit with different linemates – in the club’s next exhibition game Saturday in Minnesota.

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The Winnipeg Jets Young Guns will get another long look – albeit with different linemates – in the club’s next exhibition game Saturday in Minnesota.

Nik Ehlers will skate on a line with Bryan Little and Andrew Ladd, Adam Lowry will patrol the left side with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler while Nic Petan will centre a trio that includes Matt Halischuk and Carl Klingberg.

Part of the switch is due to injuries – Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane, Eric O’Dell and Paul Postma were all absent from the second practice session today at MTS Centre – but the club also wants to give their prospects an opportunity in different scenarios as well.

KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS TJ Galiardi took a puck near the eye in Friday morning’s first session and head coach Paul Maurice said he was off to see a specialist in the afternoon.

“This was Byfuglien’s not going, Kane’s not going, they deserve an opportunity to play there with people they might play in the National Hockey League with,” said coach Paul Maurice. “I’m looking forward to it. I’ve enjoyed their play. Nik and Adam… I like what they do out there.”

Ehlers has flashed some of the offensive skill that led him to being selected in the first round by the Jets last June, but many see Lowry’s game as being more NHL-ready right now. Here’s Maurice, when asked what he wanted to see from Lowry in what will be his third exhibition game:

“The same thing we saw in the first two games.: just a real good recognition, a little more of a comfort level. He’ll play with a couple of guys that he’s going to have to work real hard to keep up to, which is good, and we’ll see how he reads off that.”

Ondrej Pavelec will start in goal for the Jets and will be backed up by Danny Taylor.

On the injury front, TJ Galiardi took a puck near the eye in Friday morning’s first session and Maurice said he was off to see a specialist in the afternoon.

“I can’t tell you whether it’s a cut or anything more until he sees the right people,” Maurice said. “It was around (the eye). Speaking from personal experience, those things close up so fast, you’re not sure until you get a guy who knows what he’s doing to look at it. He walked out of here under his own power. It was in the eye area.”

Maurice said O’Dell is week-to-week, but Byfuglien, Kane and Postma are day-to-day and the club is being cautious about rushing their returns.

Ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca

Twitter: @WFPEdTait

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