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NHL's return to Winnipeg highlights Sunday

Sunday, 10.09.2011 / 1:03 AM / Schedule

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NHL's return to Winnipeg highlights Sunday
It's been 15 years since an NHL game was played in Winnipeg. That drought ends when the Jets begin their season at the MTS Centre by hosting the Montreal Canadiens in one of two games on Sunday's schedule.

The "new" Jets, who played in Atlanta last season, will be taking the ice for the first NHL game in Winnipeg since the "old" Jets -- now the Phoenix Coyotes -- were eliminated by the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the 1996 Stanley Cup Playoffs. They'll be greeted by a packed house of 15,004 fans, and the 5 p.m. ET game will be televised by the NHL Network in the United States and CBC and RDS in Canada.

The Canadiens have had two days off since opening their season with a 2-0 loss at Toronto on Thursday.

The only other game on Sunday's schedule is also in Canada -- the Edmonton Oilers become the last team to open its season when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 9 p.m. ET start. The Penguins beat the Flames 5-3 in Calgary on Saturday night and are going for a sweep of their season-opening swing through Western Canada.
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