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Morning Line- Patrik Laine

I mean, I heard some guys talking bad about the city and that Winnipeg was not a good place. What do they know? I love Winnipeg. This is my home. These are my people now. I play for them. It’s a great, great city. Everyone who lives here really cares about one another, that’s what stands out to me. We are one group, all of us. Everybody is your neighbor.

Winnipeg is bad? No. Winnipeg is good.

-Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets at The Players' Tribune where you can read more on Winnipeg.

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Mark Scheifele Close To A Return

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

Ever the optimist, Mark Scheifele wasn’t ready to rule out returning to game action as early as Tuesday night against the Arizona Coyotes.

“The exact date isn’t set in stone yet, but hoping it’s sooner rather than later. Today I’m going to see him, hopefully there’s good news,” Scheifele said after speaking to reporters for the first time since suffering a suspected right shoulder injury on Dec. 27 against the Edmonton Oilers. “It’s nice to get some bumps in and be feeling good from it. I’m happy with my progress. The timeline is still up in the air.

“But as of right now I’m feeling good and recovery is going well. Now it’s a little bit in the doctor’s hands. They’re the experts, still got to see him and make sure everything’s healing perfect. Then I’ll have a better idea.”

Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice made it sound more likely Scheifele would return on Friday night against the St. Louis Blues.

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Videos- Everything Went Right In The 3-2 OT Win By The Vegas Golden Knights

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

Golden Knights centre Erik Haula found a loose puck behind Connor Hellebuyck and jammed it home, but as he was doing so forward James Neal broke his stick across the mask of the Jets goalie.

Following a lengthy discussion, the officials ruled that the call on the ice was a goal, conceivably believing the puck was already loose behind Hellebuyck before the slash took place.

Jets head coach Paul Maurice used his coach’s challenge, arguing the play was an example of goalie interference.

But after review, the play on the ice stood and the goal counted – leaving many Jets scratching their heads.

“There’s been an outcry with the league to get this right,” said Jets captain Blake Wheeler. “Well, now it’s bad. It was bad before but come on, he (expletive) breaks a stick over his head. That’s not a goal. I don’t care where the puck is. Right before we went over there, I was told that if Connor’s in the crease and he makes contact with him with his stick, it’s no goal. So, I came back to the bench pretty confident that it was going to be no goal. If anything, we should have been on a five-minute power play or something. That was tough.”

Hellebuyck was incensed when asked for his interpretation of the call.

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Report- Jacob Trouba Out With An Ankle Injury

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

The depth of the Winnipeg Jets’ defence corps is about to face its stiffest test of the season.

As the Jets get set to return from the all-star break, a source confirmed the Jets will be without blueliner Jacob Trouba for an extended period of time because of an ankle injury.

Trouba suffered the injury in the latter stages of overtime on Thursday as the Jets lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Anaheim Ducks.

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Salary Work Ahead For The Winnipeg Jets

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

A sizeable portion of available cap space will be eaten up by Hellebuyck and Trouba, even if Morrissey is willing to bank on himself and sign a two-year bridge deal.

Trouba’s offensive numbers are down slightly from last season, but he’s second on the Jets in ice time and wants to be paid like a No. 1 defenceman, provided he’s willing to sign a long-term contract.

After betting on himself and stealing back the starting job from Steve Mason, Hellebuyck figures to cash in on his next contract after taking $2.25 million this summer on a one-year pact to avoid arbitration.

It’s not a stretch to think Hellebuyck will double his salary on a longer-term deal.

The work doesn’t end there either.

With second-year winger Patrik Laine going into the final year of his entry-level deal next season, a long-term extension figures to be a priority for Cheveldayoff this summer.

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Turnaround Season For The Colorado Avalanche Continues

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Behind Nathan MacKinnon’s 15th multipoint game of the season and Johnson’s overtime breakaway goal, the Avalanche defeated the Central Division-leading Jets 3-2 on Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center to collect its 20th victory and improve to 8-3-1 in its last 12 games.

“It’s fun for us,” Johnson said of winning in 3-on-3 OT after blowing a 2-0 third-period lead. “Kind of a fluky way for them to tie it in the third so it was good to get the two points ultimately. We had, I think, a 2-on-1, (it went) back and forth. They had a breakaway. Three-on-3, crazy stuff is going to happen.”

The Avs, who have two more games before reaching the midpoint of the NHL season, had just 22 victories all of last season. They are just five points from matching last season’s 48-point total.

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The Edmonton Oilers Have No Answers

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Journal,

Thankfully, 2017 is over.

And one or two more games like that and so are the Edmonton Oilers.

With their season hanging by a thread and zero room left for error, against a Winnipeg Jets team without Mark Scheifele and Dustin Byfuglien, the Oilers put all of their hunger and determination on display Sunday night at Rogers Place.

It wasn’t much.

Their fast-fading playoff hopes suffered another serious blow, this time a 5-0 loss that had the home town crowd booing Edmonton off the ice.

With good reason. The Oilers were a lukewarm mess in losing their 16th straight New Year’s Eve game (0-12-4 dating back to 1985). After four-straight wins before the Christmas break, they’ve now lost three in a row since....

“How come in a game this important, at home, they couldn’t muster the determination to put up a fight?

“I can’t really answer that,” said McDavid. “We understand the position we are in and that every point matters is no secret to anyone in here. It was obviously not our best effort, but we’ll regroup with a couple of games coming up against divisional teams.”

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The Edmonton Oilers Drop Below .500 With A Loss To The Winnipeg Jets

from Jim Matheson at the Edmonton Sun,

Their heart was willing, also their legs, but their heads were in the clouds, the ones they couldn’t see because they took off in the dark at 6:30 am Wednesday to get here for a morning skate. After the morning skate, McLellan hoped his team would respond from the Christmas break with all the requisite body parts firing, but the “hockey sense” as he called it, was missing....

They’re under .500, again, at 17-18-2, seeing the Hawks Thursday and the Jets, again, New Year’s Eve. They’re 7-4 in December, but they badly needed this win to get the ball rolling.

“The work ethic and the commitment to wanting to work hard was there,” said McLellan, “but our hockey smarts didn’t exist. A lot of the time we were stepping up in the neutral zone and had poor support, our faceoff execution … we had one where we gave up a breakaway (Armia goal), a number of turnovers. They had their share of two-on-ones and three-on-twos, things that were certainly preventable.”

“They had a goal or two off lazy line changes too. Like I said, mentally we weren’t in it.We weren’t sharp early and it led to a lot of their momentum and their zone time,” said Letestu.

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Video- Upper-Body Injury For Mark Scheifele

Jets say will not return, upper-body.

I don't like him holding his right arm close to his body.

 

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Dustin Byfuglien Considered Week-to-Week

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