Nic Petan will get another chance to prove he can stick around with the Jets on Thursday night when Winnipeg kicks off the first of a home-and-home series with the Calgary Flames at MTS Centre.
Coming off their first win of the exhibition season, Petan will be inserted on the top line alongside captain Andrew Ladd and Brian Little.
Through four pre-season games, Petan has been held without a goal, but he’ll definitely have his scoring chances playing with the team’s 2014-15 goal scoring leaders in Ladd and Little.
“With the young guys you’re looking for them to be consistent with their play,” Ladd told reporters following Thursday’s pre-game skate. “For me and (Bryan Little), hopefully (Petan) does what he does really well, sees the ice, and uses that hockey sense that he has to read off us two.”
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Game Day Prediction: Expect Petan to be a factor on the top line. He’ll create chances and give both Ladd and Little more space to do their thing. Jets 3 Flames 1.
Obvious Prediction: One has to think Chiarot’s offensive outburst is somewhat of a fluke. I mean, he matched his total goal production from last season in three exhibition games. I guess that’s why it’s only pre-season.
Not So Obvious Prediction: Time is running out for Thomas Raffl, who is on a professional tryout with the Jets. In three games, Raffl has an assist and an even +/- rating. It’s hard to tell if the 29-year-old will make the team at this point. Unless of course he makes a statement on the ice Thursday night.