“The Jets.”

That was a common answer among many fans, media pundits and analysts when asked to spit out their Stanley Cup predictions at the start of the 2017-18 campaign. Many picked Winnipeg to win the Central and compete for the Western Conference title as recently as last season, too.

That seems like an eternity ago now, with the Jets set to trot out this monstrosity of a defence corps(e) for Tuesday’s clash with the Penguins after Josh Morrissey was ruled out for the second straight game as a “precaution” and Dmitri Kulikov scratched for personal reasons.