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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.

continued

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Video- Patrik Laine On Patrik Laine

Quite the confident fellow...

 

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Winnipeg’s Schedule

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“I don’t know if it’s the new NHL, or it’s just an unusual season, or if it’s the geographic situation we’re in,” Maurice said. “Maybe we’ve just got to get used to it.”

The 2016-17 NHL season is unusual and covers 173 days altogether, once the Christmas and all-star breaks are subtracted, according to figures provided by the Elias Sports Bureau. For comparison purposes, that’s four days fewer than last year, six days fewer than the year before and seven days fewer than the year before that.

But what’s new and unique to this season is that every team has been granted a bye week – Winnipeg’s falls between Feb. 21 and 28 – for the first time in NHL history.

In effect, it means teams need to fit 82 games into 168 possible playing days – leaving them with anywhere from nine to 12 fewer available days to do so compared with the past three seasons.

Winnipeg has played the most games so far (32). Columbus has played the fewest at 26, with nine other NHL teams at 27.

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Video- Patrik Laine’s Own Goal

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

“Everybody saw what happened,” said Laine, who remains among the league leaders with 17 goals and 25 points in 32 games this season. “I don't know. I just tried to get rid of the puck right away. It was just a bad position for me and an unfortunate goal.”

ets captain Blake Wheeler immediately put his arm around Laine when he returned to the bench and gave him a supportive pat on the back.

“He's 18-years-old and he feels terrible. These things happen. I've done it many times, it's just a bad bounce,” said Wheeler. “He's done a hell of a job for us this year. He's obviously a huge part of our team and you hate to see a guy have to feel that way after the game.”

more on the 3-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers...

 

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Video- Sportsnet Feature On Mark Scheifele

via Sportsnet YouTube page,

Mark Scheifele spends almost every waking moment talking, or thinking about hockey and when it comes to success, he’ll do anything and everything to be considered one of the league’s best.

 

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Auston Matthews Or Patrik Laine?

from Gary Lawless of TSN,

So what does Matthews have over Laine? Is he a better skater? On the whole, yes. Matthews is also more physically mature and closer to his athletic peak. 

Laine’s upper body features pipe cleaners rather than pipes. His frame is unfinished. He’s skinny. His upside in terms of speed and power are difficult to ascertain, but he will improve and close the gap with Matthews.

Matthews has loads of game. He’s going to be a star. Laine, however, has more wattage despite playing in a small market in comparison to Toronto.

In the end, this will be about the highest of ranges. They’re two great players trying to climb into the rarest of air.

Matthews was No. 1 in the draft, but Laine will prove to be No. 1 in rarity.

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Patrik Laine Keeps Impressing

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler had heard all the stories and scouting reports last offseason about his team's new phenom from Finland, who could shoot a puck from everywhere and score at will.

Watching it firsthand, well, that's a whole other thing.

"It's pretty incredible," Wheeler told ESPN.com this week. That phenom -- 18-year-old forward Patrik Laine -- has 15 goals in his first 26 games.

"When we got the pick, everyone was excited at the prospect of having Patty," Wheeler said. "You heard all the stories about his shot and the dynamic things he could do. That's all well and good, but he's 18. You expect there to be a learning curve, you expect to be some speed bumps along the way.

"All of a sudden, he's leading the NHL in goals, and it's not by mistake. It's crazy. He gets the puck in areas [where] you don't really feel like [he has] a scoring chance. All of sudden, it's in the back of the net. You just kind of shake your head.''...

Laine is on pace for 47 goals. He has already had two hat tricks and, yes, he's earned a few nicknames already.

"That was the big thing: 'What do people call him?'" said Wheeler, 30, chuckling. "He started with 'Patty,' and then he got more comfortable and revealed that all his buddies back home call him 'Patsyuk,' obviously after Pavel Datsyuk.

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Darryl Sutter Post-Game After Losing To Winnipeg In A Shootout 3-2

via Ken Wiebe tweets,

Sutter on major to Kyle Clifford: "I totally agreed with it, it was a great call. I thought they’d give like a 10-minute power play."

The sarcasm was dripping,but Sutter wasn't done: "In today’s two referee system you’re just hoping for one really good one all of the time."

If you missed the call on Ciiffors, watch it here.

I believe the Jets scored twice during the time Clifford was in the penalty box.

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Video- Kyle Clifford Five Minutes For Boarding

 

 

 

Connor did leave the game but has returned.

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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night Goes To The Winnipeg Jets

from Jeff Bell of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Winnipeg forward Nikolaj Ehlers fired a pass in his own end that somehow squeezed through the pads of goalie Michael Hutchinson 1:23 into the extra period to give the Colorado Avalanche a crazy 3-2 triumph over the Jets Friday night in Denver....

"I thought I had two guys right by me and I just tried to throw it in the middle and get (our) two guys going," he explained....

Jets head coach Paul Maurice said his club did plenty of things right, flukey goal notwithstanding.

"He threw the puck at the net, it shouldn’t have gone in. It’s a bad break," said Maurice. "It really had nothing to do with the game or how we played. We played a really hard-fought road game. It’s a good point on the road, good effort."

more on the game...

 

 

Game highlights are below...

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