Coming off consecutive losses against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Winnipeg Jets are currently riding a three-game losing streak, which is their longest of the season, and are aiming to get back on track during the first of two-straight meetings against the Edmonton Oilers.
Though Winnipeg is determined to battle through this recent winless stretch, it could be extremely challenging to accomplish that feat against Edmonton’s high-powered offense, especially since this club is facing a ton of adversity right now. With two key forwards out of the lineup, goaltender @Connor Hellebuyck and center @Mark Scheifele publicly arguing with coach Paul Maurice, it’s probably safe to say this could be one of the most crucial stretches of the 2020-21 campaign.
Here are three storylines that could impact the Jets’ eighth game of the season against the Oilers:
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1. Adam Lowry, Nikolaj Ehlers Sidelined 

After missing Saturday’s game due to a head injury, forward @Adam Lowry skated in a non-contact jersey during Monday’s practice and will be held out of the lineup once again as a precaution. While Lowry is expected to return to action in the near future, teammate @Nikolaj Ehlers won’t be suiting up anytime soon, as he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury last game against the Maple Leafs and likely won’t return until at least the playoffs begin.
With both Lowry and Ehlers unavailable Monday, the coaching staff has been forced to shake up the forward lines, moving @Andrew Copp and @Mason Appleton up to the top line with Scheifele. The club’s newly-formed second line now features @Kyle Connor, @Pierre-Luc Dubois and @Blake Wheeler. As for the third line, veteran @Paul Stastny returns to center alongside @Mathieu Perreault and @Kristian Vesalainen, who hasn’t played since Feb. 17.
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2. Mark Scheifele Looking For Redemption 

Considering Scheifele has been on the ice for a team-high 39 goals allowed during five-on-five play so far this season, there’s no question he’s struggled with the defensive aspect of his game and that’s something Maurice tried to hold him accountable for on Saturday night. Playing four-on-four hockey almost midway through the second period, the 28-year-old casually skated back to the bench following a turnover in the offensive zone, ultimately allowing the Maple Leafs to create a two-on-one rush that led to a goal for captain @John Tavares.
Needing to send a message for Scheifele’s lack of effort, the right-hander was benched for the remainder of the period and was visibly upset about that decision postgame, especially since his team was trailing by two goals at the time. Since the Oilers are coming to Bell MTS Place for a two-game series, it’ll be extremely important for the former first-round pick to put this incident behind him and focus on performing effectively at both ends of the rink moving forward.
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3. Jordie Benn Reinserted into Lineup 

Following a disappointing debut in the first half of the two-game series against Toronto, which earned him a -2 rating, defenseman @Jordie Benn will receive another opportunity to showcase his skills Monday night against Edmonton. Returning to Winnipeg’s third defensive pairing, the 33-year-old will skate alongside veteran @Dylan DeMelo once again and this duo will be aiming to improve their relationship during their second game together as linemates.
Since Benn and DeMelo were seen playing out of position multiple times back on Apr. 22, it’ll be very important for both of them to correct this issue against the Oilers, especially when there’s a skater located in front of the net. If they fail to achieve this goal, then it might be another frustrating game for Hellebuyck, who’s been left out to dry numerous times over the last few contests.
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Lineups:

Winnipeg Jets:
LWCRW
Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP
Rating: 72.5#60 LW
Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE
Rating: 76.8#19 C
Mason Appleton
MASON APPLETON
Rating: 69.5#123 RW
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR
Rating: 79.5#5 LW
Pierre-Luc Dubois
PIERRE-LUC DUBOIS
Rating: 74.6#38 C
Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER
Rating: 76.3#22 RW
Paul Stastny
PAUL STASTNY
Rating: 74.8#36 C
Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT
Rating: 71.1#96 RW
Nate Thompson
NATE THOMPSON
Rating: 69.4#145 C
Trevor Lewis
TREVOR LEWIS
Rating: 70.1#114 RW
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY
Rating: 74.1#29 LD
Tucker Poolman
TUCKER POOLMAN
Rating: 71.6#74 RD
Derek Forbort
DEREK FORBORT
Rating: 70.5#109 LD
Neal Pionk
NEAL PIONK
Rating: 75.3#20 RD
Jordie Benn
JORDIE BENN
Rating: 70.9#101 LD
Dylan DeMelo
DYLAN DEMELO
Rating: 71.8#69 RD
Edmonton Oilers:
LWCRW
Dominik Kahun
DOMINIK KAHUN
Rating: 72.5#69 LW
Connor McDavid
CONNOR MCDAVID
Rating: 82.7#5 C
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS
Rating: 77.4#11 LW
Leon Draisaitl
LEON DRAISAITL
Rating: 86.1#1 C
Kailer Yamamoto
KAILER YAMAMOTO
Rating: 73.5#47 RW
Tyler Ennis
TYLER ENNIS
Rating: 71.4#90 LW
Gaetan Haas
GAETAN HAAS
Rating: 69.6#139 C
Josh Archibald
JOSH ARCHIBALD
Rating: 71.2#95 RW
James Neal
JAMES NEAL
Rating: 71.7#82 LW
Devin Shore
DEVIN SHORE
Rating: 69.6#141 C
Alex Chiasson
ALEX CHIASSON
Rating: 72.2#76 RW
DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Darnell Nurse
DARNELL NURSE
Rating: 74.1#30 LD
Ethan Bear
ETHAN BEAR
Rating: 71.8#66 RD
Dmitry Kulikov
DMITRY KULIKOV
Rating: 71.9#78 LD
Adam Larsson
ADAM LARSSON
Rating: 71.1#88 RD
Caleb Jones
CALEB JONES
Rating: 71.0#14 LD
Ethan Bear
ETHAN BEAR
Rating: 71.8#66 RD

Where to Watch/Listen:

The puck will drop at 8 pm CT and be available on TSN 3 along with 680 CJOB.