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Posted On Sunday, 11.23.2014 / 4:33 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 will have an unlikely addition to their injury list when they finish their four-game road trip against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.

Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will miss the game with a lower-body injury sustained in a 3-2 road win against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Bouwmeester did not skate in the pregame warm-up at MTS Centre and his streak of 737 consecutive games played will end.

Bouwmeester had not missed a game since the 2003-04 season when he was with the Florida Panthers.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.20.2014 / 2:26 PM

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

At the Rink: Red Wings at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The Detroit Red Wings will have a bit of a new look to their roster when they visit the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

Before the morning skate Thursday, the Red Wings lost center Andrej Nestrasil on waivers to the Carolina Hurricanes. The 23-year-old center had two assists in 13 games with Detroit this season, but the Red Wings placed him on waivers Wednesday after making him a healthy scratch in five of the past eight games.

"I'm not certain, but I heard that there was a whole bunch of teams that tried to claim him," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "[Nestrasil] is a great kid. I wish him well. If he can fit in and help [Carolina] and play every night, that's really good for him."

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.18.2014 / 2:20 PM

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

At the Rink: Devils at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets return home for a visit from the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, and the teams will have crucial lineup decisions to make.

The status of Devils center Adam Henrique (lower body) and Jets center Mark Scheifele (knee) remain murky, but each player skated Tuesday and is likely to dress for the game.

The Devils had an optional morning skate Tuesday, but Henrique, who has missed six consecutive games, participated. He has not played since Nov. 4. To accommodate Henrique’s possible return, right wing Jordin Tootoo likely will be a healthy scratch against Winnipeg as the Devils begin a four-game road trip.

"I feel good," Henrique said after the morning skate. "Hopefully I play [Tuesday]. It will just be a game-time decision. But I feel good. It's the best that I've felt in the past week the last couple of days. We'll make the decision [Tuesday] and go from there."

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Posted On Thursday, 11.06.2014 / 2:17 PM

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

At the Rink: Penguins at Jets

WINNIPEG --The top question for the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday will be how to stop the Pittsburgh Penguins power play.

The Penguins have won five consecutive games and have the NHL's best power play. Pittsburgh is 41.3 percent with the man advantage and 42.9 percent on the road. The Penguins have scored power-play goals in their past five games, going 11-for 24.

Adding to the equation will be the Jets' tendency toward penalty trouble this season. Winnipeg has allowed the third-most power plays in the League this season. The Jets are tied for fourth on the penalty kill and have not allowed a power-play goal in their past four games (12-for-12), but the message inside the dressing room Thursday was to avoid the penalty box.

"We [must avoid] penalties," Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian said. "Penalties happen, but the best way to kill penalties is to not take them."

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.04.2014 / 2:33 PM

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

At the Rink: Predators at Jets

WINNIPEG – The Nashville Predators will continue their season-high six-game road trip Tuesday when they visit the Winnipeg Jets.

The Predators are 2-1-0 on the journey after a 3-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.

"This [trip] came at a good time for us," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "Getting on the road can go either way. If you're winning and finding some success, then it can be a really positive experience. It can bring a team together, especially at the beginning of the year."

Laviolette will start goaltender Carter Hutton for the second time this season. Hutton lost a 2-1 overtime decision against the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 18 in his only game to date. Hutton played 40 games last season for Nashville, going 20-11-4 with a 2.62 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.

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Posted On Friday, 10.24.2014 / 2:40 PM

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

At the Rink: Lightning at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The Tampa Bay Lightning begin to wind down a five-game road trip when they visit the Winnipeg Jets on Friday at MTS Centre.

The Lightning have had two days off after splitting two games in Alberta, a loss against the Edmonton Oilers followed by an overtime win against the Calgary Flames. After facing Winnipeg, the Lightning end their trip Saturday at the Minnesota Wild.

"We've still got a lot of work to do," Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. "Certain areas [of focus] have kind of slipped in certain periods of games, but for the most part I think we would have taken that at the beginning of the [season]. But we've got to finish off this road trip. It has been pretty good so far."

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.21.2014 / 2:39 PM

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

At the Rink: Hurricanes at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The reinforcements are beginning to arrive for the Carolina Hurricanes, who continue a five-game road trip Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre.

Left wing Jeff Skinner will make his season debut for the Hurricanes after sustaining a concussion in the final preseason game, Oct. 5, and play on a line with center Victor Rask and right wing Elias Lindholm.

"I hope that I can help the guys get it done," Skinner said. "For me coming back, I'm just going to try to keep it simple. I think that as a team we've been getting better. Just keep building on the good things in our game and hopefully I can add to that. It's a big game because it could be the start of a big road trip for us."

Defenseman Andrej Sekera (upper body) will return to the lineup after a one-game absence that was the result of a collision Oct. 14 against the Buffalo Sabres.

"It's just good to get some guys back," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "Instead of calling up a guy from Charlotte [American Hockey League], we're able to put in a guy that is a proven 30-goal scorer."

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Posted On Sunday, 10.19.2014 / 1:27 PM

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

At the Rink: Flames at Jets

WINNIPEG -- One goal in the past three games for the Winnipeg Jets means that coach Paul Maurice is shuffling his forward lines five games into the season when the Jets play the Calgary Flames at MTS Centre on Sunday.

Injuries and early-season attempts at line chemistry have also led Calgary coach Bob Hartley to tinker with his lineup when the Flames end a six-game road trip.

After the game Sunday, the Flames will have opened the season with six of their first seven games on the road, and a win against the Jets would make it a 4-2-0 journey.

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Posted On Friday, 10.17.2014 / 2:45 PM

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

At the Rink: Predators at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets open their home schedule Friday against the Nashville Predators needing to re-establish dominance at MTS Centre.

Friday marks the start of a five-game homestand for the Jets, who have been outscored 7-1 in losing their past two games after they opened the season with a 6-2 win at the Arizona Coyotes on Oct. 9.

Jets coach Paul Maurice offered a simple message for his players prior to the home-opener.

"Enjoy it," he said. "Get fired up. Use the crowd, for sure."

Home ice served the Jets well during the 2011-12 season, their first in Winnipeg, when they had a 23-13-5 record. But the Jets have a 31-27-7 home record the past two seasons, and their 18 home wins last season were the third-fewest in the NHL.

"Over the past couple of years we [have expected] more out of ourselves, and I think the fans expect more out of us," Jets center Bryan Little said. "I think there has been more pressure from the people of Winnipeg, but we put that on ourselves too. We know that the way we have been playing is not good enough. We're trying to take the next step."

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Posted On Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 3:10 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Bruins' Krejci back in vs. Jets, Bergeron likely to rest

WINNIPEG -- The Boston Bruins can move a step closer to their first Presidents' Trophy since the 1989-90 season when they meet the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday at MTS Centre.

The Bruins have 114 points and lead the Anaheim Ducks by two. The Bruins, who begin a stretch of three games in four days, have a game in hand on the Ducks. With the Eastern Conference top seed clinched, the Bruins' next goal is to earn home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Center David Krejci will return to the lineup after having Tuesday off against the Minnesota Wild.

"I'm excited to play," Krejci said after the morning skate. "It was nice to get a little time off, but at the same time it's not fun to watch the game from the stands, the dressing room or [television]. I'm glad I'm back and looking forward to it."

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