Jets release six-game pre-season schedule, starting with home game against Senators Sept. 26

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The Winnipeg Jets will play six pre-season games ahead of the 2021-22 NHL season, starting with a home game against the Ottawa Senators on Sept. 26.

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The Jets will also host the Edmonton Oilers at Canada Life Centre on Sept. 29, and the Calgary Flames on Oct. 6.

They’ll play at Edmonton on Oct. 2, at Vancouver on Oct. 3 and at Calgary on Oct. 8.

These will be the first pre-season games for the Jets since September of 2019. There were no pre-season games played ahead of the 2020-21 season, which started several months late because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Though nothing is official at this point, it’s believed the Jets will be allowed to have fans — most likely those that are fully vaccinated — back in the seats for the first time since March of 2020, when the pandemic began. The Jets did have 500 fully vaccinated front-line health care workers in the stands for a pair of playoff games in 2021, but games were not accessible to the general public.

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The Jets will return to the Central Division this coming season after playing in the North (all-Canadian) Division in 2021. Winnipeg went 30-23-3 in the regular season and finished third in the Canadian Division.

The Jets swept the Edmonton Oilers in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs but then were swept themselves by the Montreal Canadiens — eventual Cup…

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