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Posted On Tuesday, 02.10.2015 / 3:12 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Wild at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The Minnesota Wild can exert further pressure on the Winnipeg Jets when they visit MTS Centre on Tuesday.

A six-game winning streak has moved Minnesota to within six points of Winnipeg in the Central Division. The Wild, who defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-3 at home Monday, have three games in hand on the Jets. Winnipeg holds the first Western Conference wild-card berth into the Stanley Cup Playoffs and ended a six-game losing streak (0-4-2) with a 5-3 home win against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

The Wild did not have a morning skate after an early-morning arrival in Winnipeg; however, they did make two roster changes Tuesday.

Left wings Ryan Carter and Jason Zucker were placed on injured reserve after they sustained upper-body injuries against Vancouver. To replace them the Wild recalled defenseman Stu Bickel and forward Brett Sutter from Iowa of the American Hockey League. Sutter has three assists in five NHL games this season.

Right wing Justin Fontaine, who has not played since Jan. 29, could dress and fill one of the forward roles.

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Posted On Sunday, 02.08.2015 / 2:39 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Avalanche at Jets

WINNIPEG – The Colorado Avalanche will attempt to avoid letting the Winnipeg Jets pull further ahead in the Western Conference with a visit to MTS Centre on Sunday.

After a 1-0 road loss against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, Colorado has been shut out in each of its past two games. The Avalanche power play is scoreless in its past 24 attempts spanning eight games, and they have scored eight goals in their past five games.

Even though the Jets have lost six consecutive games (0-4-2), they still hold a seven-point lead on the Avalanche. Since Jan. 27, the Jets have seen their seven-point lead on the first Stanley Cup Playoff wild-card spot in the Western Conference shrink to one. The Calgary Flames hold the second wild-card spot and will have two games in hand on Winnipeg after the game Sunday.

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Posted On Friday, 02.06.2015 / 3:50 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blackhawks at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The Chicago Blackhawks have an opportunity to put some distance between themselves and the Winnipeg Jets when they visit MTS Centre on Friday.

The Blackhawks are third in the Central Division and have a three-point lead on Winnipeg. Chicago also has two games in hand on the Jets, who have lost five games in a row and will be without left wing Evander Kane for the rest of the season because of a shoulder injury.

However, the Blackhawks have lost three of their past four games and have been shut out in each of their past two. Chicago has lost the first three games between the teams this season, with Winnipeg outscoring the Blackhawks 10-3.

After playing Winnipeg, the Blackhawks visit the St. Louis Blues on Sunday to finish a seven-game road trip, their longest of the season. Chicago captain Jonathan Toews expects a different performance from his teammates against Winnipeg.

"We're looking for a rebound and to be a lot better than we were in the [past] game," Toews said of the Blackhawks, who were shut out 3-0 by the Minnesota Wild this past Tuesday.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.31.2015 / 2:23 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Stars at Jets

WINNIPEG -- Nobody needs to tell the Dallas Stars what is at stake for them when they visit the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.

The Stars are nine points behind Winnipeg in the Central Division standings. Winnipeg holds the Western Conference’s first Stanley Cup Playoff wild-card spot. Dallas has two games in hand on Winnipeg, and they are four points behind the second wild-card team, the Calgary Flames.

“We definitely know where we’re sitting,” Stars captain Jamie Benn said after the morning skate Saturday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.21.2015 / 3:17 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blue Jackets at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend could not have arrived at a better time for the Winnipeg Jets.

The Jets host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday before they begin their break, which ends Jan. 27. The game Wednesday follows a stretch of seven games in 11 days for the Jets, who have battled an assortment of injuries to their defense corps since late-November.

Winnipeg will have defenseman Jacob Trouba back in the lineup against Columbus after they activated him from injured reserve Wednesday. Trouba has not played since Dec. 13, missing 16 games because of an upper-body injury.

However the Jets will sit out defenseman Mark Stuart, who has an undisclosed injury, until after the break. Stuart played six games after returning to the Winnipeg lineup from a lower-body injury sustained Dec. 16.

With Stuart out, Trouba will pair with defenseman Jay Harrison.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 1:42 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Coyotes at Jets

WINNIPEG – A long stretch of games for the Winnipeg Jets that concludes Sunday against the Arizona Coyotes should allow them to catch their breath this week.

For a team finishing a stretch of seven games in 11 days, the news regarding injured left wing Mathieu Perreault might also let the Jets exhale a collective sigh of relief. The Jets have won three consecutive games and four of their past five, and Perreault has been a major factor.

Perreault was injured by a cross-check to his left arm from Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo at the end of the second period of the Jets' 4-2 win on Friday. Perreault has 13 goals in his past 21 games and is fourth on the Jets in scoring with 15 goals and 14 assists.

After the morning skate Sunday, Jets coach Paul Maurice announced that Perreault will miss the game against Arizona. Maurice also does not have any expectation that Perreault will play Wednesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

However, Maurice is hopeful that Perreault will feel better after the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 25. The Jets' first game after the All-Star break is Jan. 27 at the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.13.2015 / 3:15 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Panthers at Jets

WINNIPEG – The Florida Panthers look to make a strong road trip even more successful when they visit the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

The Panthers are 4-1-0 on their six-game trip. Their three-game winning streak is their longest of the season.

"There is no second-guessing among players," Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell said of first-year coach Gerard Gallant and the success that the Panthers have had lately. "We know how we need to play, how hard and what he wants us to play like."

Gallant will have center Aleksander Barkov back in the lineup Tuesday. Barkov has missed the past two games because of the flu. Center Brandon Pirri will come out of the Florida lineup.

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Posted On Monday, 01.05.2015 / 3:13 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sharks at Jets

WINNIPEG -- San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan laid out some firm expectations for his team when it faces the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.

Coming off a 7-2 home loss against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, the Sharks are 1-3-1 in their past five games. The slump has followed a stretch in which San Jose went 9-1-0.

"I want to see a better start, [and] I want to see a higher commitment level to the team game and then to the individual game," McLellan said after the morning skate Monday. "Our special teams have to get better. When you go down the list, there is a lot to tick off."

The game Monday begins a three-game trip through the Central Division for the Sharks, who will be without center Joe Thornton. San Jose placed Thornton on injured reserve Sunday with an upper-body injury after he did not dress Saturday.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.03.2015 / 2:00 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Maple Leafs at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The long road for the Toronto Maple Leafs ends Saturday when they visit the Winnipeg Jets.

The game will close a season-high seven-game road trip for the Maple Leafs, who lost 3-1 at the Minnesota Wild on Friday. The loss was Toronto's sixth in its past eight games (2-6-0).

After returning home to Air Canada Centre for two games next week, the Maple Leafs will begin a stretch of nine of their next 11 games on the road.

With an arrival in Winnipeg early Saturday, Toronto held a lightly attended optional morning skate. At 3.23 goals per game, the Maple Leafs enter play Saturday with the highest-scoring offense in the NHL, but they will be without center Nazem Kadri and left wing Joffrey Lupul. Each player is out with a lower-body injury. Center Peter Holland has an upper-body injury and will not play Saturday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.31.2014 / 2:56 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Islanders at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The New York Islanders begin a season-long seven-game road trip Wednesday when they visit the Winnipeg Jets.

The game will begin a stretch of eight of nine games on the road for the Islanders, whose 24 wins tie them with the Montreal Canadiens for the most in the Eastern Conference.

Neither team held a morning skate Wednesday, and it is not clear whether Islanders right wing Michael Grabner will be available for the game. Grabner has missed all but five games this season because of a lower-body injury, and he has not played since Dec. 13. Grabner participated in the morning skate Monday before the Islanders’ 4-3 overtime win against the Washington Capitals.

The Jets have long-term injury problems of their own. Defensemen Zach Bogosian, Toby Enstrom and Mark Stuart each are out with lower-body injuries. Defenseman Jacob Trouba is out with an upper body injury. Left wing Evander Kane is out with a lower-body injury sustained in the first game of a home-and-home series with the Minnesota Wild on Dec. 27.

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