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Paul Maurice On Demoting Patrik Laine To The Fourth Line

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

The coach moved Laine down to the fourth line after a rough first period saw the 18-year-old on the ice for two Minnesota goals, the second coming directly off a Laine giveway.

The move had Jets nation positively frothing at the mouth, and Maurice didn't mind having some fun with it.

“Pat's been sent down to the minors today,” Maurice began, his tongue firmly in his cheek. “He's been returned to the Moose.”

Putting on his serious face, Maurice pointed out Laine's average ice time remains near the top among NHL rookies.

“He played 13 minutes,” the coach said. “It's the same amount of time as the two guys who scored all four of their goals. He had a rougher night. That's going to happen. I also know what he's going to mean to this franchise.

“If I shaved three minutes off his game, I apologize to Manitoba.”

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Video- Nikita Zadorov’s Huge Hit On Mark Scheifele

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

Colorado Avalanche defenceman Nikita Zadorov crushes Winnipeg Jets star Mark Scheifele with a huge hit sparking some fists of fury among some players.

 

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Another Loss For The Winnipeg Jets

from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

Perhaps the most interesting thing that came out of Paul Maurice’s post-game press conference Monday was something he didn’t say.

He didn’t say “No.”

He was asked if the reeling Jets team — which had just lost it’s fourth straight game 5-2 to the San Jose Sharks — would consider calling up veteran goalie Ondrej Pavelec to solve their crippling goaltending woes.

“Oh, we talk about all aspects of our game,” was Maurice’s only response.

So you’re saying there’s a chance?

By no means is goaltending the only problem the Jets are dealing with. They are loose in the defensive zone and have only been able to stick to their gameplan for a period here or a period there for the last week.

It has all added up to humbling losses to the Montreal Canadiens, Arizona Coyotes and Sharks and an overtime heartbreaker against the Los Angeles Kings.

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added 8:09am, The Jets just announced Pavelec has been recalled.

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Another Bad Loss For The Winnipeg Jets

from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

It can’t get much uglier — two games, six goals on 13 shots and two hooks.

Two days after their game was described as “horseshi--“ by their coach, the Winnipeg Jets produced an equally malodorous effort and the performance of their starting goaltender was alarmingly poor.

The Jets gave up four first-period goals — three of them on just six shots against Connor Hellebuyck — and eventually fell 4-3 to the Arizona Coyotes, statistically one of the worst teams in the NHL....

What’s particularly unsettling about this loss is the fact that coach Paul Maurice was looking for a strong response after delivering an on-the-bench tirade during the Montreal game and repeating some of his words over the next day and a half.

“I expect us to play hard, play our asses off, shift to shift,” Maurice said before the game Friday.

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Videos- A Hot Paul Maurice

from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

Just when you think they are about to take a major step forward, they take a big one in the wrong direction.

Just when you think they might be starting to get on the kind of roll it will take to get them into the playoff picture, they play their worst hockey.

They did it again on Wednesday night, following up one of their best defensive efforts of the season — a 2-0 win over Calgary on Monday — with a terrible display against the injury-ravaged Montreal Canadiens.

The Canadiens scored early and often and skated away with 7-4 victory, using their speed and tenacious forechecking to make the Jets look bad repeatedly.

“We were horse sh-- from the drop of that first puck right until the very end,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said.

“We’re not sweeping this one under the rug. We’re going to take a good look at all of it and make sure we appreciate the value of playing in the National Hockey League.”

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The Winnipeg Jets Are The Lone Canadian NHL Team Out Of The Playoffs At This Point

from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

A season ago, all seven Canadian NHL teams missed the playoffs.

This past weekend, there was a time when six of them were back in playoff position.

The Winnipeg Jets were the lone holdouts.

The Jets will face a couple of those Canadian teams on home ice this week and a couple of wins would go a long way toward putting them back in the playoff conversation.

First up are the Calgary Flames, who hold down the first wildcard spot in the Western Conference with 46 points, five more than the Jets.

That makes Monday night’s game at MTS Centre as important as any the Jets have played this season.

“We all know how important this is if we want to get to where we want to be,” Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba said after Monday’s gameday skate. “They’re a team that we’re going to have to beat and it’s pretty much a four-point game for us. It’s a big one.

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GIF- Big Hit On Patrik Laine

Needed help going to the room.

 

 

added 3:19pm, another angle below...

added 3:30pm, video added below too..3

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Video- Seth Griffith Out With A Conussion After Hit By Nikolaj Ehlers

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

Griffith, playing on Florida’s top line alongside Jagr and Vincent Trocheck, left Wednesday’s game in the first period with a concussion after a hit from Ehlers.

Rowe made no bones about the hit.

“It was a dirty hit, but Ehlers, he deliberately did it,” Rowe said of the blindside hit.

“I don’t care what anyone says. I saw it on video; it’s a dirty hit.”

more on Florida's 4-1 loss to Winnipeg...

 

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A Winnipeg Christmas

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

Twas the night before Christmas

And all through the valley

Every creature is stirring

Over young Patrik Laine.

The targets were hung

In the corners with care

To be shattered by the Finn

As soon as he got there.

The children were nestled

All snug in their seats

Visions of a radar gun

Proclaiming his feat.

He went head-to-head

With the big, strong defenceman

But the team's hardest shot

Still belongs to Byfuglien.

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Video- Patrik Laine On Patrik Laine

Quite the confident fellow...

 

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