Personally, I'm a bit nervous - they have to be strong out of the gate, and that'll be what all the teams are thinking.
Really looking forward to:
1. Jokinen and Poni - want to see what they can do in a Jets uniform
2. Lines - what does fireside-chat Noel have up his sleeve?
3. Prospects - Postma, Scheifele, etc
4. Pavs - we know he can steal games - can he be consistent?
I really hope the team can feed off the energy of the crowd. I really believe games early in the year can be heavily influenced by crowd support.
I look for Wheeler to have a good game. He was flying out there today and it really sounds like his time in Germany helped him get ready for the season.
I also think Mark can be big for us. Being game ready is huge. I'm not saying he'll light it up this year, or even stick with the jets. But I don't think being game ready can be overstated. Either way, I'm so excited for the game. I've missed the atmosphere at the MTS centre, and I can't wait for Saturday.
This is a fairly important game, in my estimation. First off, it is a team that should we be competitive for the post-season this year, we would be battling at the bottom end of the playoff table. Secondly, nobody wants to get too far behind the eight ball to start the season, and after this game we have some very challenging encounters on the road.
I know it's been awhile, but I can see the Jets winning this one by a large margin of 5 or 6 goals with probably 1 player carrying the offensive load.
Not to be a downer but this will be a tough win for the jets. Ottawa is a strong team and the reason they didn't win the eastern conference last year comes down to two simple words. Henrik lundquvist.
They gave the rangers all they could handle and I think would have beaten anyone else including Jersey in the east. With a strong lineup Ottawa will be a tough start for the Jets.
Still the Jets are a great team on home ice so I hope they can pull one out. A key will be being physical with Spezza and trying toile Alfredsson skate allot(tire him out)