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Posted On Tuesday, 04.14.2015 / 5:52 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Jets series blog

Jets forward Perreault questionable for Game 1

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets may not have forward Mathieu Perreault for Game 1 of their Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Anaheim Ducks that starts Thursday at Honda Center (10:30 p.m.; CNBC, TVA, SN, PRIME).

Perreault, who sustained a lower-body injury April 9, did not practice Tuesday before the Jets departed for Anaheim. He missed the Jets' final regular-season game April 11. An offseason addition from the Ducks via free agency, he had 18 goals and 23 assists in 62 games with Winnipeg, and played several key roles on the second and third lines as well as the power play.

"[Perreault] is getting better," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "We don't want to turn it into a bigger problem than it is, so he'll get out on the ice. He may play based on how he feels after his skate. I expect him to play sooner rather than later."

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.14.2015 / 5:49 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Ducks-Jets series blog

Maurice's influence created winning structure for Jets

WINNIPEG -- When Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice arrived in Jan. 2014, he inherited a team that was beset by a relocation from Atlanta in 2011, years of losing, player turnover and an assortment of coaches. Maurice went to work to restructure the Jets' on-ice systems play and structure, but he also worked to create a new mindset inside the dressing room.

"I think [Maurice] is the biggest factor looking at where we are today," said right wing Blake Wheeler, who has been with franchise since 2011. "He changed everything, realistically. He just brought what we needed. The way he communicates, the way he coaches, it just was a perfect fit for our group, making us realize what we are, and what we are not. It was a perfect hire."

Once a team prone to playing the way that opponents wanted to play, the Jets have learned to adhere to their structure in any situation and even impose their style on other teams.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.31.2015 / 3:06 PM

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

At the Rink: Rangers at Jets

WINNIPEG – For the third game in a row, the Winnipeg Jets will receive a boost to their lineup.

The Jets will have center Bryan Little back on their top line Tuesday against the New York Rangers at MTS Centre. Little missed 11 games because of an upper-body injury. His 24 goals tie him for second among Winnipeg scorers, and his 51 points rank third.

Forward Mathieu Perreault missed 16 games because of a lower-body injury before returning Sunday for the Jets’ 4-3 home loss against the Chicago Blackhawks. Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien returned March 26 and has scored three goals in his first two games since an upper-body injury cost him nine.

“I felt really good this morning,” Little said. “The good thing is I’m going to have a lot of energy tonight. I might be a little rusty with the puck. For me, it’s just going to be [a matter of] trying to keep calm before the game. I imagine that I’m going to be a bit nervous and a bit excited.”

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Posted On Sunday, 03.29.2015 / 2:25 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 will attempt to put distance between themselves and the approaching Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET; CITY, WGN).

The Blackhawks have lost three of their past four games, allowing the Jets to creep to within four points of them in the Central Division. The Minnesota Wild's 4-1 win Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings placed them past the Blackhawks into third place by one point.

Winnipeg received a boost Sunday when coach Paul Maurice confirmed that forward Mathieu Perreault will return to the lineup. Perreault missed 16 games because of an upper-body injury sustained Feb. 16.

Chicago holds the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference; Winnipeg has won six of its past seven games and holds the second wild card. The Blackhawks have a game in hand on the Jets.

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Posted On Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 3:38 PM

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

At the Rink: Canadiens at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The Montreal Canadiens can clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when they visit the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; RDS, SNE, TSN3).

The Canadiens became the first team to reach 100 points Tuesday. They can clinch a playoff spot if they defeat the Jets in regulation or overtime, and the Anaheim Ducks defeat the Boston Bruins in any fashion, or if the Bruins beat the Ducks in a shootout.

Montreal also can qualify with a shootout win against Winnipeg if Anaheim defeats Boston in any fashion. Montreal also would clinch a spot with one point against Winnipeg if Anaheim wins against Boston in regulation.

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Posted On Saturday, 03.21.2015 / 1:15 PM

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

At the Rink: Capitals at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets will attempt to avoid tempting the Washington Capitals' power play Saturday at MTS Centre.

The Capitals are tied for first in the NHL on the power play with a 25.2 percent conversion rate, and they scored three times with the extra man against the Jets in a 5-1 win Feb. 19 at Verizon Center.

"It's going to be a great challenge," Jets right wing Michael Frolik said. "We want to take [fewer] penalties against them and play 5-on-5 hockey."

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Posted On Thursday, 03.19.2015 / 2:54 PM

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

At the Rink: Blues at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The St. Louis Blues can take over first place in the NHL standings with a win against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday at MTS Centre.

St. Louis has 95 points and is two points behind the Anaheim Ducks. The Blues will have played one fewer game than Anaheim after Thursday.

The Blues continue their season-high six-game road trip having won five of their past six. Each of the Blues' past three wins have been shutouts, and they have a shutout streak of 126:16.

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Posted On Tuesday, 03.17.2015 / 2:48 PM

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

At the Rink: Sharks at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The San Jose Sharks have an opportunity to edge closer to the Stanley Cup Playoff line in the Western Conference when they visit the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

The Sharks begin a seven-game road trip five points behind the Los Angeles Kings for the second wild card into the playoffs in the Western Conference. San Jose is also five points behind the Calgary Flames for third place in the Pacific Division.

Winnipeg trails Los Angeles by one point for the second wild card.

But if the Sharks are to catch the Kings or Flames, first they must pass the Jets. After the game Tuesday, the Sharks do not play a Western Conference team in playoff contention until the final game of the season, April 11 at Los Angeles.

"Tonight will be even better if we win because it [would go from a potential six-point gap] to two points," Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic said.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.04.2015 / 2:42 PM

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

At the Rink: Senators at Jets

WINNIPEG -- Forward Lee Stempniak will be the latest new face in the lineup for the Winnipeg Jets when they finish a four-game homestand against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday at MTS Centre.

The Jets acquired Stempniak in a trade from the New York Rangers for prospect Carl Klingberg on Sunday. The 31-year-old had nine goals and nine assists in 53 games with the Rangers.

Stempniak joins forwards Jiri Tlusty and Drew Stafford and defenseman Tyler Myers as new players that general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has added in trades since Feb. 11.

"I think they've done a great job of fitting in," said right wing Blake Wheeler, Stempniak's new linemate. "Our system is pretty simple, pretty basic. It really relies on your work ethic, and we've got a lot of new guys that obviously like to work."

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Posted On Sunday, 03.01.2015 / 2:19 PM

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

At the Rink: Kings at Jets

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets will have right wing Blake Wheeler in their lineup when they host theLos Angeles Kings on Sunday.

The Jets activated Wheeler from injured reserve Sunday and assigned forward Carl Klingberg to St. John's of the American Hockey League. Wheeler had missed the past two games because of a lower-body injury.

Winnipeg did not hold a morning skate Sunday, but Wheeler practiced Saturday on the Jets' third line with center Adam Lowry and left wing Chris Thorburn. The 28-year-old has 16 goals and 28 assists, and his 44 points rank third among all Winnipeg scorers.

Winnipeg has a one-point lead on the Minnesota Wild for the first Western Conference wild-card spot into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Jets finish their four-game homestand Wednesday against the Ottawa Senators before beginning a four-game road trip.

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Quote of the Day

I was going nuts and I saw [Subban], he was going crazy, and the ref had no idea where to go. [Subban] was skating to me, and I was skating to him and the ref was right in between us and I don't know, I kind of hit him pretty hard, I thought, but those were some emotions and I'm pretty sure he understands that.

— Montreal forward Alex Galchenyuk on the celebration following his OT goal against Ottawa in Game 2