Ramblings: Exhibition Games Wrap Up, Seguin Inactive, Marchand Leaves Game (July 31)

Ian Gooding

2020-07-31

Thursday was the last day of exhibition games before the real fun gets started on Saturday. Like Mike Clifford last night, I'll mainly recap games here, since we now have those to talk about.

I'll start with the late Wednesday game, as it might have been on past Mike's bedtime in the Maritimes. The Canucks/Jets game was fairly evenly played (at least from what I saw), but Connor Hellebuyck won the goaltending battle over Jacob Markstrom. Hellebuyck swatted away 37 of 38 shots he faced in a 4-1 win, only allowing a goal to Antoine Roussel later in the third period. Both coaches decided to go with their starters for the entire game, so there should be no guessing who the starting goalies will be for Winnipeg or Vancouver for Game 1 of their respective series.

Regardless of what you think about the Flames, they could play to their full potential in their series with Winnipeg, yet Hellebuyck could be the difference. The four-month layoff didn't seem to matter to him. That should give the Jets plenty of confidence heading into their series, so I'm liking my Jets pick even more and more.

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Nikolaj Ehlers left the game in the third period with a possible lower-body injury, as he was limping down the tunnel after getting tangled up. Ehlers was dealing with a lower-body injury during training camp, so this might be worth monitoring as the Jets begin their series with the Flames on Saturday. Don't expect a lot of information in the meantime, though.

I know it's only exhibition, but Dylan DeMelo led all Jets skaters with just over 21 minutes in icetime while being paired with Josh Morrissey. DeMelo was acquired from Ottawa in one of those trades that you might have forgotten had happened, if you knew about it at all. The Jets' main weakness is on defense, so the defensive-minded DeMelo seems to fill the void, and he only cost the Jet