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Jets Will Get Ehlers Back for Game 3 vs. Oilers

The Winnipeg Jets will have Nikolaj Ehlers back for Game 3 versus the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers also made some lineup changes.

The Winnipeg Jets are getting even better news Sunday to go along with the already good news that they are heading home for Game 3 versus the Edmonton Oilers up 2-0 in their best-of-seven series. Forward Nikolaj Ehlers says he will be playing Sunday night and the Jets official social media page has confirmed that news.

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As per reports, Ehlers will start on a line with Paul Stastny and Pierre-Luc Dubois. The player noted that his injury timing was bad but that he’s excited to get back out there and play. He noted:

“Everyone goes through certain injuries at some point during a season. Mine just happened to be at the end of the regular season. I know where I’m at and I’m excited for playoff hockey. You want to play. There’s not one player in this league that doesn’t want to be out there for these playoff games. So yes, I definitely wanted to play the first two games. But I’m also happy that I did get some extra time and the boys got two wins. My time has come. I’m ready to go.”

Ehlers finished the regular season with 46 points in 47 games with 21 goals and 25 assists. He missed 11 games with a shoulder injury when he took a hit from Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin.

Nik Ehlers injury Jets
Nik Ehlers injury Jets

Oilers Lineup Changes

It looks like the Oilers will be making a couple of lineup changes as well. From the morning skate, it sounds like the new lines didn’t include Dominik Kahun, Alex Chiasson and James Neal. That means Devin Shore and Tyler Ennis and Gaetan Haas will slot in and suggests Jesse Puljujarvi will get some first-unit power play time.

Perhaps the Oilers are looking to go with a bit more speed and try to play a more run-and-gun transition style game.

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