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The Losing Streak Continues For The Winnipeg Jets

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

Now this is a losing streak with teeth.

The Winnipeg Jets’ skid has taken on a life of its own, baring its fangs in Ottawa on Monday.

Make it seven: Jets find another way to lose

These things don’t become living, breathing beasts until a team begins finding multiple ways to lose.

The Jets found a whole new way against the Senators: anemic on the power play, dominant at even strength but with just enough mistakes to ultimately wind up on the short end of a 2-1 score against a team out of playoff contention and playing its fifth goalie of the season.

Oh, and the dagger coming with just 1:13 to play.

You can almost hear the streak laughing as it grows, now seven games long – the ugliest run since this franchise relocated from Atlanta to Winnipeg.

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Video- From Michigan, To Texas, To Winnipeg For Connor Hellebuyck

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Before winning the Vezina Trophy, before being drafted by the Winnipeg Jets, Connor Hellebuyck began his path to the NHL in Odessa, Texas.

Tara Slone with the feature.

 

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Video- A Four Goal Night For Andrew Copp

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

One week ago, Andrew Copp was scoring at a snail’s pace, with one goal in his last 23 games.

Wednesday night in Vancouver, the Winnipeg Jets winger morphed into a sniper, scoring his first career NHL hat trick then going one further for a four-goal explosion in a 5-1 Jets win.

“I’m going to have a hard time remembering my last four-goal game,” Copp said, as he hit 10 goals on the season. “I don’t know if that’s ever happened before. So it’s a pretty cool experience.”

Copp scored twice on second-period power plays, once into an empty net and again with 2:26 to go as the Jets moved into a three-way tie with Edmonton and Toronto in the NHL’s North Division with 42 points.

The Jets have a game in hand on the Oilers, but have played one more than the Leafs.

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The Fans Are Missed

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

The absence of fans has created a dull atmosphere that’s the same in every rink, and don’t think players and coaches haven’t noticed.

“The no-fans is definitely wearing on guys more (as) it goes,” Winnipeg Jets defenceman Nathan Beaulieu said before the Jets took on the Oilers, Monday. “Especially in games that are emotional and tight. If you need that extra boost, if you’re playing a back-to-back, we miss the fans more than we (let on). They’re such a big part of our game. That’s the biggest thing I’ve noticed.”

Home teams pipe in some crowd noise, but it’s more of a muffled, continuous droning, often not in sync with the play and nothing like it would be with 15,000-20,000 partisans in the building.

A big hit? Silence. A bad call by the stripes? Nothing.

There’s no catcalls, no jeering the visitors.

“I agree with that,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said of Beaulieu’s assessment. “And I feel it. Playing is way more fun than not playing, but it’s way off, playing without fans. It’s not nearly as much fun. It’s not nearly as exciting. If there were never any fans in the building, I’m not quite sure how excited you would be to do this job. It’s kind of mechanical a little bit.

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Let Us In

added 1:05pm, Mark Scheifele chimes in

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You Call This A Fair Trade?

from Mike McIntyre of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The Winnipeg Jets were counting on a big assist from both the federal government and National Hockey League. Instead, the club has been given the cold shoulder and shut out, learning the hard way that cross-border trades during a global pandemic aren't as simple as they'd hoped.

And that has them silently stewing, believing they are victims of an uneven playing field that has put them at a competitive disadvantage.

Patrik Laine was given a hero's welcome as he landed on a private charter in Columbus after obtaining his work visa last weekend, greeted by a huge Finnish billboard and spending just 48 hours in COVID-19 protocol before getting the green light to make his Blue Jackets debut earlier this week. Jack Roslovic didn't have to wait at all to jump into the lineup of his hometown team, with four games already under his belt.

And Pierre-Luc Dubois? He's only met his new teammates through Zoom and hasn't touched a sheet of ice in the 13 days since the blockbuster deal went down. The 22-year-old Quebec product remains under mandatory lockdown here in Winnipeg and isn't eligible to emerge from quarantine until Friday night.

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Afternoon Line- Paul Maurice

added 3:02pm, or watch it below...

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Nikolaj Ehlers Off To A Great Start For The Winnipeg Jets

from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

Throughout his first five seasons with the Winnipeg Jets, winger Nikolaj Ehlers always showed blazing speed, a strong understanding of the game and flashes of brilliance, but you always had the sense that there was something even more dynamic to come.

So far this season, Ehlers has taken all of his hockey attributes to a new level.

The 24-year-old from Denmark is playing his best hockey through six Jets games so far and it’s not just about his impressive offensive numbers — four goals and three assists.

Ehlers is showing tremendous confidence in handling the puck, in backing down defenders as he makes zone entries at high speed, in trying creative things to make passes, in diving to get his stick on pucks at both ends, in finding a scoring touch.

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Winnipeg/Columbus Trade

added 11:13am,

 

added 11:26am, Winnipeg press release is below.

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Right Decision Made To Play This Season

from Sam Thompson of GlobalNews,

Jets owner Mark Chipman told 680 CJOB that resuming play despite the uncertainty of the pandemic was the right decision to make, although he agrees with Bettman that it’ll be a costly one for the league’s 31 teams.

“It’s pretty simple arithmetic. You know, as a league, more than 50 per cent of our revenues come from the game itself — from the attendance at games and the ancillary revenues that are produced at a game. And we’re going to be without those this year,” Chipman said.

“So the commissioner, I think, (was) just trying to be honest and direct that we would have been far better off not playing from a financial perspective. Having said that, I think it was the consensus of the league that we were better off forging ahead.

“It would have been very, very difficult to not play in many respects. So I feel like we’ve made the right decision, but it’s going to be a costly one.”

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