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Posted On Monday, 11.23.2015 / 3:50 PM

By Patrick Williams - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Avalanche at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The Colorado Avalanche (7-12-1) will have goaltender Semyon Varlamov in the lineup when they finish a seven-game road trip against the Winnipeg Jets (10-9-2) at MTS Centre on Monday (8 p.m. ET; ALT, TSN3).

Varlamov has missed the past seven games because of a groin injury. He returns after Colorado has lost three consecutive games and been outscored 16-7 in that stretch.

"We're very happy to have him back," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. "But [Varlamov] needs to be the [Varlamov] of two [seasons] ago. For us to win games he needs to be our best player, and this is how we view our team."

The Jets will be without their No. 1 goaltender. Ondrej Pavelec was placed on injured reserve Monday because of a significant knee sprain that he sustained in a collision with Shane Doan of the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. He is expected to be out through at least December, according to Jets coach Paul Maurice.

Posted On Saturday, 11.21.2015 / 5:44 PM

By Patrick Williams - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Coyotes at Jets

WINNIPEG -- Goaltender Anders Lindback could start for the Arizona Coyotes in place of Mike Smithwhen they visit the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday at MTS Centre (7 p.m. ET; SN, FS-A).

Arizona did not have a morning skate, but Smith did not participate in practice on Friday and is dealing with a lower-body injury. The Coyotes recalled goalie Marek Langhamer from Rapid City of the ECHL.

Coach Dave Tippett said Saturday that Smith was being evaluated by the Arizona medical staff and is "questionable" for the game.

"We'll see how it goes [with Smith's evaluation]," Tippett said.

Lindback last played Nov. 16 against the New York Islanders, allowing four goals on 31 shots in a 5-2 road loss.

Posted On Wednesday, 11.18.2015 / 2:12 PM

By Patrick Williams - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Canucks at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets will attempt to end their six-game losing streak (0-5-1) when they host the Vancouver Canucks at MTS Centre on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; SN).

After a stretch of eight of nine games on the road, the Jets (8-9-2) return home to start a three-game home stand against an opponent having troubles of its own. The Canucks, who have a three-game losing streak (0-2-1), will finish a season-high seven-game road trip that is 1-3-2 so far.

Goaltender Ryan Miller will start for Vancouver (7-6-6). Jets coach Paul Maurice will return to goaltender Ondrej Pavelec after starting Michael Hutchinson the past two games.

Posted On Saturday, 11.07.2015 / 1:16 PM

By Patrick Williams - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flyers at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The Philadelphia Flyers will attempt to end their six-game losing streak Saturday as they finish a five-game road trip against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre (7 p.m. ET; CITY, TCN-PH).

With the Flyers playing for the seventh time in 12 nights, coach Dave Hakstol will again start goaltender Michal Neuvirth. Steve Mason is recovering from an illness, and Neuvirth has started the past two games.

"[Mason] hasn't had a whole lot of work," Hakstol said. "[Neuvirth] is going well. He has played well, he's in a rhythm, and that is why he is going [Saturday]."

Posted On Thursday, 10.29.2015 / 2:41 PM

By Patrick Williams - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blackhawks at Jets

WINNIPEG – The Chicago Blackhawks play their first Central Division game this season when they visit the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday at MTS Centre (8 p.m. ET; CSN-CH, TSN3).

Chicago has won four consecutive games. Each of its past two wins has been a 1-0 overtime win at United Center. The game Thursday is the first of back-to-back games for the Blackhawks, who visit the Minnesota Wild on Friday.

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews expects a typically tight Central Division game against the Jets.

"[Winnipeg is] a team that gets better and better every year," Toews said.

Averaging 2.11 goals per game this season, the Blackhawks rank 25th in the NHL. They do not have an even-strength goal at 5-on-5 in 137:06 since Artem Anisimov scored in the first period of a 3-2 win against the Florida Panthers on Oct. 22.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.27.2015 / 2:43 PM

By Patrick Williams - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Kings at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The Los Angeles Kings can extend their winning streak to six games when they visit the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; FS-W, TSN3).

The game finishes a two-game Canadian road trip for the Kings, who started the season 0-3-0.

"When we're playing confidently as a team, we're a very good team," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. "We all know that too. But it takes everybody every night. We can't have some guys showing up one night and some taking it off. We need everybody showing up collectively, and that's how we're going to win games."

Posted On Sunday, 10.25.2015 / 4:23 PM

By Patrick Williams - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Wild at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The Minnesota Wild attempt to extend their winning streak to three games when they visit the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday (6 p.m. ET; TSN3; FS-N, FS-WI).

It's the first of five games between the Central Division rivals. An 8-1 Minnesota preseason win against Winnipeg at Xcel Energy Center on Sept. 25 produced friction between the teams, but Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said he does not expect that to carry over to Sunday. Ten of the past 12 games between Minnesota and Winnipeg have been one-goal games.

"I don't think either team really likes each other," Maurice said Saturday, according to the Jets website. "It's a function of us being neck-and-neck with them in the standings, scratching and clawing and playing them five times. So that will be the story [Sunday]."

Posted On Friday, 10.23.2015 / 2:52 PM

By Patrick Williams - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Lightning at Jets

WINNIPEG -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle will be a game-time decision as they continue their four-game road trip through the Central Division against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday (8 p.m. ET; SUN, TSN3).

"[Boyle is] not feeling great," Cooper said. "We'll see tonight."

The Lightning also visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, and seeing how they match up against some of the Central Division's top teams this weekend intrigues coach Jon Cooper.

"I think we've gotten progressively better, so I'm looking forward," Cooper said. "We want to see where we stand up."

"[The Jets are] big. They're strong. They can play fast. They've got grit. There are a lot of things to like in the Winnipeg Jets. I'm looking forward to it because they're built a little bit differently than we are. We're a little bit smaller. We're quick. We're based on a bit more speed, so it should be interesting how this plays out."

Posted On Friday, 10.16.2015 / 2:22 PM

By Patrick Williams - Correspondent / - 2015-16 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flames at Jets

WINNIPEG -- After a 3-1-0 season-opening road trip, the Winnipeg Jets have an opportunity to continue that momentum onto home ice against the Calgary Flames at MTS Centre on Friday. It starts a six-game homestand for the Jets.

A familiar face to Winnipeg fans will return to his former home. Forward Michael Frolik signed with the Flames on July 1 after two seasons with Winnipeg.

"I'm excited and it's going to be a big game," Frolik said. "Winnipeg was very good for me and I am thankful to [the Jets]."

Posted On Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 3:30 PM

By Patrick Williams - Correspondent / - Ducks-Jets series blog

Jets 2014 first-round pick Ehlers recalled from junior

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets want to give top prospect Nikolaj Ehlers an up-close look at Stanley Cup Playoff hockey in Winnipeg.

The Jets recalled Ehlers from Halifax of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Wednesday before Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday at MTS Centre (9:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports, FS-W). Anaheim leads the best-of-7 series 3-0.

The 19-year-old left wing from Denmark, the ninth pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, finished his junior season Tuesday. He had 37 goals and 64 assists in 51 regular-season games with Halifax this season. His 101 points ranked third in QMJHL scoring, and he reached 100 or more points for the second consecutive season.

Ehlers added 10 goals and 21 assists in 14 playoff games, and his 31 playoff points lead the QMJHL.

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