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Injuries Hit The Jets

via TSN,

Winnipeg Jets forward Olli Jokinen is out 6-8 weeks with a high ankle sprain after colliding with New York Islanders defenceman Thomas Hickeyearly in Saturday's game.

According to Gary Lawless of TSN Radio 1290, defenceman Zach Bogosian is also out at least a week with a concussion. The blueliner appeared to be injured after taking a hit to the head from Islanders forward Kyle Okposo.

 


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Capitals And Jets Still Battling For Playoff Spot

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

The third-place Capitals and ninth-place Jets are separated by a mere two points heading into the penultimate weekend of the season, each team with four games left on its schedule.

Washington, whose eight-game winning streak was snapped by the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night, remains in the division lead with 50 points, but the Jets trail by two after edging the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime Thursday 4-3.

Though the Jets are tied with the New York Rangers at 48 points, the eighth-place Rangers have a game in hand.

The two competing storylines are both compelling: one a team that has essentially risen from the dead after a dreadful start to the season, much in part to Alex Ovechkin's dynamic play; another club desperate to earn its first playoff berth since 2007.

Who has the advantage from here?

Three of the Caps' final four games are against playoff teams -- Montreal, Ottawa and Boston. The other game?

That's right, an all-important four-point match against the Jets at home Tuesday.

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Morning Line

"We're right there, we have a lot of guys who have won in the past and have been in the post-season. But we also have some guys who have never been in the post-season. Still, most of the guys here have won or been in the playoffs at some level. They know how good it feels. We don't want to waste this year. We don't want to be saying in a couple of weeks we were close."

- Olli Jokinen of the Winnipeg Jets and their playoff chances.  More from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press.

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Evening Line

When asked Sunday what he felt about playing only 17:48 of Saturday’s win over Philadelphia, Dustin Byfuglien cracked: “I felt like I was sitting around a lot.”

read more on Byfuglien from Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun.

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Afternoon Line

"It’s nothing short of a miracle considering what’s he’s been through.  We’re all aware of what happened. Considering the magnitude of the injury and the insult, not only to the leg but the whole body, it’s quite miraculous."

-Winnipeg Jets head physician Dr. Peter MacDonald regarding Zach Redmond skating today.

In case you don't recall what happened to Redmond...

Redmond had his femoral artery lacerated by teammate Antti Miettinen’s skate during a practice in Raleigh, North Carolina in late February.

more from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press.

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Winnipeg’s Goal Is To Make The Playoffs

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

There's no magic wand for Cheveldayoff to wave for a fix and he's been clear on his stance of not spending futures to try and get into the post-season.

So maybe help just isn't a possibility under management's long-term gameplan.

"I'm not so worried about third or not. If we get into the playoffs, then we deserve to get in there. Third or sixth or eighth or fifth, it would be a great opportunity for our young players to go to the playoffs," Cheveldayoff told the Free Press last week. "That's obviously what you are trying to do. Now you don't sell the farm to do it but in the same breath you don't sit here and look at the opportunity and say, 'nah, we'll wait until next year.' You take what you can get and you run with it."

Cheveldayoff has a plan and he won't be dissuaded. He also has 10 picks in this summer's draft and if he can move a few of them for a roster player with some term going forward, he can help the present and the future. So there are trades he will make. But there are lots of variables and a rental player doesn't seem to be in the cards for the Jets.

So perhaps it'll be up to the men you already know as your Winnipeg Jets to get this done on their own.

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Hard To Judge The Jets

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The Jets are a difficult bunch to figure out. If they were superheroes they'd be The League of Inconsistent Gentlemen. Capable of great things for stretches and then dreadful such as they were Friday night in a 6-1 pasting at the hands of the once left-for-dead Washington Capitals.

Feel free to judge the Jets but do so at your peril. Until they are either eliminated or have clinched a berth there is no telling with these bunch.

They are unproven. The players, the coach and the management group.

One night, take Tuesday's win over the Boston Bruins, it all looks great. The next, the last two dreck-filled losses to the Caps provide an example, there is cause for great concern.

Should we all just remain calm and wait until the returns come in? Sounds great in theory but it doesn't work that way in real life. People in Winnipeg are invested in the Jets, emotionally and financially. They care and they are going to get wound up. It's a long way better than apathy.

The team's inconsistentcy can make life a little rough for the ticket-buying populace. They don't know what to think from night to night.

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Winnipeg Goalies Talk Equipment

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

And it was abundantly clear that Pavelec doesn’t agree with what is being proposed.

“I don’t know, come on. How many times are they going to change the rules? I don’t think it’s that fair,” said Pavelec. “If you take something away from the goalies, you have to take something away from the players too. Ok, so we’re going to get small gear, we (should) give players wood sticks.

“There’s nothing I can do but I don’t like it, that’s for sure.”

Jets backup Al Montoya thinks Pavelec is on to something.

“I would be a fan of that. The way the puck comes in these days is pretty crazy,” said Montoya. “They want to see goals, which is understandable. But you’ve got to protect the goalie. There’s a lot of money invested in this position for every GM is going to want to make sure their goalie is safe, first and foremost.”

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Jets Learning To Win

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

“We have to learn how to win games in the third,” said Jets blue-liner Zach Bogosian. “We’ve just got to keep the pressure on. It’s something we’ve talked about, playing with the lead. You have to make sure you just keeping forward and we did a real good job of that.”

The Jets continue to work on raising their expectations and not letting satisfaction creep into their psyche.

“That’s the challenge. You have to feed off what we’ve done the last couple of games, the success we’ve had and the good feelings that come from that,” said Jets captain Andrew Ladd, who added an empty-netter with 38.7 seconds to go. “When things are happening and things are going well, you get the sense in your game, you know what to do and you realize why you’re doing those things. It’s easier to make those decisions.”

The head coach put it this way.

“There’s a price to pay to win games and right now, we’re paying it,” said Claude Noel.

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Chris Thorburn Not Happy With Colton Orr

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Thorburn, however, is beloved in the Jets dressing room for his willingness to stand up for teammates. So when Orr slighted him near the end of what until then had been an honourable exchange, the rest of the Jets took notice.

With less than three minutes expired in the game, the two big men engaged.

Orr's jersey came mostly loose near the end of the scrap, leaving Thorburn at a distinct disadvantage with nothing to grab. Most often, this will signal the end of a fight and usually the linesmen will intervene to prevent injury. But Orr was allowed to keep on slugging.

Thorburn had some cross words for Orr and the linesmen but more importantly, the rest of the Jets got riled and started skating and banging and chirping. They played with purpose.

"I said what I had to say to (Orr) and I think I'll leave it at that," said Thorburn. "There's a mutual respect that we abide by. It's not like I'm the toughest guy in the world but I'll show up. Your adrenaline is running so I can understand that things happen. But, well... It is what it is."

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