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Sport What your team is thankful for: Winnipeg Jets

05:55  18 january  2020
05:55  18 january  2020 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

Wild rallies to tie Winnipeg in regulation, wins in overtime

  Wild rallies to tie Winnipeg in regulation, wins in overtime The Wild hasn’t lost three in a row in regulation since it opened the season 0-4. And it avoided duplicating that rut Saturday afternoon by rallying for a 3-2 overtime win over the Jets at Xcel Energy Center on the heels of back-to-back losses during a four-game homestand that wraps up Sunday vs. the Flames. Center Eric Staal backhanded in a loose puck in front 1 minute, 52 seconds into the extra period on a 4-on-3 Wild power play, this after winger Luke Kunin evened it at 2 with 5:30 to go in the third period when he sent a no-look, drop pass from winger Marcus Foligno by Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck.

What are the Jets most thankful for ? In what many considered to be the most competitive division in the NHL, the Winnipeg Jets are right at the top with the Nashville Predators who are ahead by just one point.

What are the Winnipeg Jets most thankful for ? Forward depth. After years of struggling, the Winnipeg Jets are one of the most dangerous in the NHL. The Jets have four forwards with ten or more goals this season, and that doesn’t include their leading scorer in Blake Wheeler, who has nine

We’re in the home stretch in our thankful series where PHR will continue its look at what teams are thankful for with the second half of the season underway.  We’ll examine what has gone well in the first half and what each team may be looking for at the trade deadline.  Our last team to look at is the Winnipeg Jets.

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What are the Jets most thankful for?

A young, controllable core upfront that has been quite productive.  Of Winnipeg’s top five scorers (Blake Wheeler being the exception), four are 26 or younger and are signed or under team control for at least three more years after this one.  That gives them a very strong foundation to build off of and for the time being, all are on below-market contracts.  GM Kevin Cheveldayoff faced some criticism early in his tenure with the team for his patience but right now, his commitment to the long-term improvement has paid dividends and should continue to do so for a few more years at least.

Maurice holds back criticism after OT loss: I'm not giving NHL any money

  Maurice holds back criticism after OT loss: I'm not giving NHL any money Paul Maurice didn't agree with the league's decision to uphold the Minnesota Wild's overtime winner Saturday, but the Winnipeg Jets head coach clearly didn't want to risk being fined for criticizing the officiating. "It's goalie interference all day long for me and there's not a lot of gray area on that one, but I'm not giving them any money. Not one dime," Maurice told reporters following the 3-2 overtime loss. Eric Staal potted the decisive marker in the extra frame as teammate Zach Parise appeared to make contact with Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.STAAL WINS IT!STAAL WINS IT!STAAL WINS IT!#mnwildpic.twitter.

Winnipeg Jets . As the holiday season approaches, PHR will look at what teams are thankful for as the season nears the quarter point of completion. There also might be a few things your team would like down the road. We take a look at what’s gone well in the first month and what could improve as

Those teams have all played 22 games, the Jets just 20. 7 – Number of quality starts (starts with a save percentage over the goaltender’s season average Nine wins in 16 starts for a struggling starter? Not a bad thing. Development is not linear. Be thankful for Helly, even when he’s not at his best.

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Who are the Jets most thankful for?

Mark Scheifele.  The center has just continued to improve year after year and has gone from a middle-six player early in his career into a top-flight producer that is quietly among the most productive in the league.  He’s on pace for a career year offensively and if he can keep it up, he’ll extend his streak of seasons averaging a point per game to four.  When Scheifele signed his current contract (eight years, $49M) following the 2015-16 season, it was viewed as somewhat of a risky one with only one season of more than 15 goals under his belt.  Now, his $6.125M is one of the top bargains in the league among top-line players and even better for Winnipeg, it still has four years left on it after this one.

Kovalchuk set to make Canadiens debut vs. Jets

  Kovalchuk set to make Canadiens debut vs. Jets Ilya Kovalchuk will suit up for his first game as a member of the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night versus the Winnipeg Jets, the team announced. The veteran sniper practiced on the Habs' top line alongside Tomas Tatar and Phillip Danault on Monday morning, according to Sportsnet. Kovalchuk should get significant ice time between that role and the power play. "Obviously, the coach put me on one of the top lines, so it's a lot ofThe veteran sniper practiced on the Habs' top line alongside Tomas Tatar and Phillip Danault on Monday morning, according to Sportsnet. Kovalchuk should get significant ice time between that role and the power play.

What are the Anaheim Ducks thankful for this holiday season and what should be on their shopping list between now and the trade deadline? As the holiday season approaches, PHR will take a look at what teams are thankful for as the season heads past the one-quarter mark.

Winnipeg Jets . As the holiday season approaches, PHR will look at what teams are thankful for this year. There also might be a few things your team would like down the road. We take a look at what’s gone well in the first month and what could improve as the season rolls on.

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What would the Jets be even more thankful for?

A resolution on the Dustin Byfuglien front.  The blueliner has been involved in a particularly strange situation that saw him leave partway through training camp where it was suspected that he was pondering his playing future and was suspended by the team.  It turns out that he was injured and underwent ankle surgery without consulting the Jets.  The injury brings into question whether or not the suspension is valid and the issue is heading for an arbitrator.  How the ruling goes there will ultimately determine what type of cap room that they have to work with down the stretch.  Getting a healthy Byfuglien back for the stretch run if he’s willing to return would also be huge.  Basically, everything that they can or can’t do revolves around this.

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What should be on the Jets’ Wish List?

Ehlers helps Jets beat sliding Canadiens 3-2

  Ehlers helps Jets beat sliding Canadiens 3-2 MONTREAL (AP) — Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and an assist, and the Winnipeg Jets beat Ilya Kovalchuk and the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Monday night. Andrew Copp and Josh Morrissey also scored for Winnipeg, which had dropped five of six. Captain Blake Wheeler had two assists, and Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves. The 36-year-old Kovalchuk picked up an assist in his Canadiens debut. He agreed to a one-year, two-way contract on Friday. Kovalchuk hadAndrew Copp and Josh Morrissey also scored for Winnipeg, which had dropped five of six. Captain Blake Wheeler had two assists, and Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves.

As the holiday season approaches, PHR will look at what teams are thankful for as the season nears the quarter point of completion. There also might be a few things your team would like down the road. We take a look at what’s gone well in the first month and what could improve as the season rolls on.

For a team expecting to take a hard look at a real rebuild, early success may have changed their minds. Who are the Canucks most thankful for ? Boeser, Horvat and others are already making an impact at the NHL level but the team still lacks the depth to really compete for the Stanley Cup.

With the Byfuglien situation holding things up, Cheveldayoff will likely have to look for depth options at this time as he won’t want to add any high-cost acquisitions until he knows how much room he actually has to work with.  Their back end has been banged up as of late so adding another option or two there would be beneficial.  Roster size restrictions would likely mean that one of those players would need to be stashed in the AHL though.  They’ve also churned through a few different fourth line options.  They’re not going to get much support in that regard from AHL Manitoba (a lot of their better players have already spent time with the Jets) so looking outside the organization is going to be the next option, similar to what they did when they added Nick Shore.

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Bjorkstrand leads Blue Jackets past Jets for 6th straight .
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Oliver Bjorkstrand scored twice, Elvis Merzlikins stopped 27 shots, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight win. © APWF Winnipeg Jets' Laurent Brossoit, left, makes a save against Columbus Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) Bjorkstand broke the tie with a top-shelf shot over the shoulder of Winnipeg goalie Laurent Brossoit with 5:38 left in the game.

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