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Jets move into first place in the Central with win in Chicago

Wheeler: "We just did enough to scrap a win out."

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

CHICAGO IL - December continues to be magical month for the Winnipeg Jets. 

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Jets reassign Niku to the Manitoba Moose

Niku, 22, has played five games for the Jets this season after making his debut last year

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / Press Release

WINNIPEG, December 14, 2018 - The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have reassigned defenceman Sami Niku to the Manitoba Moose. 

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GAME DAY: Jets at Blackhawks

7:30 pm CT - TV: TSN 3; Radio: TSN 1290

by WinnipegJets.com Staff @NHLJets / WinnipegJets.com

CHICAGO, Illinois - There will be no morning skate for the Winnipeg Jets at United Center ahead of their third meeting of the season with the Chicago Blackhawks.

UPDATE: Head coach Paul Maurice said Laurent Brossoit will get the start tonight against the Blackhawks. Brossoit has a 6-1-1 record this season with a 0.932 save percentage. His last start also came against the Blackhawks three days ago, when the 25-year-old made 32 saves in a 6-3 Jets win.

Maurice said there will be no other line-up changes for the Jets, who are coming off a 5-4 overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers Thursday night.

So far in back-to-back situations - of which the Jets will play 10 sets this season - Winnipeg is 4-1-0 in the first game. In the back half, the Jets are 2-2-0.

Puck drop is set for 7:30 pm CT.

-- Jamie Thomas, WinnipegJets.com

GAME NOTES

Tonight's Game

The Winnipeg Jets visit the Chicago Blackhawks tonight in their second game in as many nights...The Jets came back to beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 in overtime last night to extend their winning streak to three games...Winnipeg returns home to play the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday night in the Jets final home game before the Christmas break.

Gone Streaking

The Jets have won three games in a row for the fourth time this season thus far, including twice in December...The Jets longest winning streak of the season is four games from Nov. 29-Dec. 4...During the last two seasons the Jets have had 10 winning streaks of three games or more.

 

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Morrissey's overtime winner pushes Jets over Oilers

Winnipeg records third win of the season when trailing after 40 minutes

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - For the second time in two meetings, the Winnipeg Jets saw a lead vanish against the Edmonton Oilers.

But that's where the similarities with October's meeting with Edmonton ended.

Trailing by one going into the third, the Jets poured on the pressure, outshooting the Oilers 17-2 in the final 20 minutes.

Mark Scheifele scored the equalizer with 10:02 left in regulation. Then, shortly after Connor McDavid rang one off the post in overtime, Josh Morrissey ripped home a wrist shot from the left circle off the rush to seal a 5-4 Jets win.

"(There are) a lot of skilled players on the ice in overtime. Connor got a pretty good shot off and hit the post. Regrouped, came back again and we went back the other way and got them on an odd-man rush," said Morrissey looking back on his goal.

"Scheif and Wheels made great plays to get it to me and I just tried to make a good shot Thankfully it went in."

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Tonight on JetsTV Live presented by Budweiser | Dec. 13

Coverage starts at 6 pm CT across all digital platforms

by WinnipegJets.com Staff @NHLJets / WinnipegJets.com

A four-game home stand comes to a close featuring two of the hottest teams in the National Hockey League.

The Winnipeg Jets, winners of six of their last seven games, host the Edmonton Oilers who are 8-2-1 under new coach Ken Hitchcock.

Host and Insider Jamie Thomas tees up this Western Conference tilt on the JetsTV Live Pregame Show presented by Budweiser, which gets underway at 6 pm CT across all digital platforms.

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GAME DAY: Jets vs Oilers

7:00 pm CT - TV: TSN 3; Radio: TSN 1290

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - Tonight's home stand finale at Bell MTS Place features two of the hottest teams in the National Hockey League.

The Winnipeg Jets (19-9-2) - winners of six of their past seven games - will host the Edmonton Oilers, who are 8-2-1 since a coaching change put Ken Hitchcock behind the bench.

"They're playing good hockey right now. They've beaten some really good teams as of late," said defenceman Josh Morrissey. 

"They've done it a couple different ways. Either playing hard D and winning a close one or putting up a lot of goals. That makes for a dangerous team."

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Maurice sees improvement in Jets' play through 30 games

Jets close out four-game home stand Thursday against Edmonton

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - With his team through 30 of the 82 regular season games they'll face this year, head coach Paul Maurice is pleased with where his Winnipeg Jets are at.

The talk of expectations was prominent during training camp following a 114-point regular season in 2017-18. Now 30 games into the 2018-19 campaign, Winnipeg's record of 19-9-2 (40 points) is one point ahead of the pace set last season (17-8-5, 39 points).

"I think we've improved offensively and defensively defining the style of game we wanted to play," said Maurice. "I think we were scoring early at a decent rate but not at the style we would have wanted to, which affected our defensive game. Our defensive game for four or five weeks - certainly since coming back from Finland - has started to look more appropriate.

"I think we've handled it reasonably well."

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Olczyk glad to be back in Winnipeg

Olczyk: "It's always great to come back home."

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

WINNIPEG MB - Count former Winnipeg Jet Eddie Olczyk as a fan of what the current edition of the team is doing these days.

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Strong start paves way to Jets win over Chicago

Connor scores twice, Brossoit makes 32 saves as Jets move to 19-9-2

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - The emphasis from the Winnipeg Jets dressing room heading into Tuesday's tilt with the Chicago Blackhawks was on a strong start.

They followed through on that message, scoring three times in the opening frame and not allowing a shot on goal for nearly 18 minutes to start the game.

The Blackhawks would claw back to a one-goal deficit, but the Jets put this one away with two goals in the third period to wrap up a 6-3 win at Bell MTS Place.

"We were very quick with it, moved it well, and when we didn't have it we were right on top of them," said head coach Paul Maurice, who didn't feel the momentum swung as much as the scoreboard indicated when Chicago made it 4-3.

"Cam Ward made two or three great saves at the end of the second period, and a couple more, and we missed the net on a whole bunch."

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Tonight on JetsTV Live presented by Budweiser | Dec. 11

Coverage starts at 6 pm CT across all digital platforms

by WinnipegJets.com Staff @NHLJets / WinnipegJets.com

Two Central Division rivals will get even more familiar with each other this week, as the Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks will face off twice in four days, beginning with tonight's tilt at Bell MTS Place.

Host and Insider Jamie Thomas gets the JetsTV Pregame Show presented by Budweiser underway at 6 pm CT, as he sets up the second of four meetings between the Jets and Blackhawks this season.

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