Winnipeg Jets Opening Road Trip Will Be a Good Test

Rick Bowness, Winnipeg Jets (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
Rick Bowness, Winnipeg Jets (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /

After opening their season with a 4-1 win at the Canada Life Centre against the New York Rangers, the Winnipeg Jets will now hit the road for a three-game road trip.

Tonight (Monday, October 17), the Jets will play their first road game of the season as they take on the Dallas Stars. Then on Wednesday and Thursday, the Jets will play their first back-to-back of the new season.

On Wednesday, the Jets will match up against the Stanley Cup Champions, the Colorado Avalanche. Then on Thursday, Winnipeg will then head to Vegas to face off against the Golden Knights.

The Winnipeg Jets’ opening road trip of the 2022-2023 season will be a good test

Here are two reasons why these three road games will be a test for the Winnipeg Jets:

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Colorado Avalanche, Gabriel Landeskog (92). Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

Facing Two Central Division Opponents

With the NHL changing the postseason format a couple of seasons ago, there is an emphasis on divisional play.

Both of the central division teams the Jets will come up against this trip made the postseason last year and the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup and they are one of the frontrunners to win the Cup again this season.

Also, the Stars have started this season extremely well by beating another central division foe, the Nashville Predators twice to start the season.

The Jets need to have a strong record against their divisional foes this season if they want to return to the postseason. These points could make a difference in the long run in making or missing the postseason.

A tough back-to-back

As mentioned above, the Jets will have two games in as many nights on Wednesday and Thursday as they take on the Avalanche then the Golden Knights the next night.

Any time you take on the current Stanley Cup holders, it is a good measure to see how you stack up against the best. Then, the Jets head to the T-Mobile Arena, which has been a tough place for road teams to play.

Not to mention these games are within 24 hours of each other and there will be a change in altitude for the Jets when they head from Denver to Vegas. I would not be surprised if we see David Rittich make his Jets’ debut in the desert.

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Rick Bowness will miss the first game of this trip, due to having covid-19, but has a chance to return to the Jets bench for Wednesday’s game in Denver.

Winnipeg Jets Fans: What do you think the Winnipeg Jets record will be during this first road trip? Leave your comments below!