Fear and loathing in Winnipeg over absence of star forwards Ehlers and Dubois in Game 1

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This in from the Winnipeg Jets, confirmation that neither forwards Nicolaj Ehlers nor Pierre-Luc Dubois will be in the line-up for Game One of the 2021 playoffs against the Edmonton Oilers.

The reaction out of Winnipeg had a fair amount of fear and loathing:

Drew Mindell, host of the Illegal Curve Hockey Show:
The Jets took an unnecessary risk playing regular skaters in the final, meaningless, game versus Toronto & now its cost them a top 6 forward for at least Game 1 of the playoffs. It was a bad decision even if they emerged perfectly healthy–tons of risk with minimal reward.

Jets fan Trevor Bazylo, in response to Mindell’s tweet:

Stupid. Stupid. Stupid .

Jets Nation hockey blog:

Yep, that’s a problem…

Jet Effect hockey blog:
no Ehlers & PLD makes for one scary game 1.

And from Murat Ates of the Athletic, Winnipeg’s likely lines and pairings:

Connor-Scheifele-Wheeler
Copp-Stastny-Vesalainen
Perreault-Lowry-Appleton
Toninato-Thompson-Lewis

Morrissey-DeMelo
Forbort-Pionk
Stanley-Poolman

Hellebuyck
Brossoit

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