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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...

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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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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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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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