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Kulikov, Hendricks full participants as Jets start five days of practice

Scheifele and Matthias stay off the ice for maintenance

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - One day after a 4-3 regulation win over the Minnesota Wild, the Winnipeg Jets took to the ice for the first of four practice days before their next game in Pittsburgh.

That many consecutive days of practice allow for head coach Paul Maurice to focus on the team's speed before the schedule intensifies, with four games in six days to wrap up October.

"It's actually longer than training camp, you never get five days. We've felt that in our last five games there have been a lot of good things to it, but we'd like to try to play a little bit faster here. So we're going to use it to kind of really focus in on that," said Maurice.

"(We'll) cut the duration down a little bit and try to get really as high of a pace as we can on every single drill, and focus on that speed now."

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Jets rally from losing early lead to beat Wild 4-3

Laine scores twice, Wheeler notches 200th career goal in Jets win

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

Video: POSTGAME | Jets 4 Wild 3 - F

WINNIPEG - The season may only be seven games old, but the Winnipeg Jets have focused on improving how they handle adversity.

They saw their fair share of it tonight against the Minnesota Wild, and passed with flying colours in a 4-3 win.

"We kind of lost the momentum there after a good start, and we were fighting it a little bit," said Blake Wheeler. "I thought we got moving a little bit better in the third, and made some nice plays. At the end of the day you have to execute a play or two here and there. We did just enough to get it."

Look no further than when the game was tied at three, with 11:18 to go. Blake Wheeler drove around Matt Dumba, and his initial backhand was stopped by Devan Dubnyk, and Mark Scheifele slid home what would be the go ahead goal.

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GAME DAY: Jets look to bounce back vs. Wild

7:00pm CT - TV: TSN3; Radio: TSN 1290

by WinnipegJets.com Staff @NHLJets / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - Brendan Lemieux thought he was going to play in his NHL debut on Tuesday.

While it didn't end up happening, he said it might have been a "blessing in disguise," as he feels much more prepared to handle the emotions tonight, when his debut takes place for real.

"There were a lot of emotions that came on. I was a little too excited. This hasn't really gotten too real yet. I've had some time to settle in and get a little more comfortable," said Lemieux. "Obviously I'm looking forward to it. I know there's going to be some nerves. Tonight is about trying to contribute, and showing what I can do, and trying to get a win tonight."

The 21-year-old will have his parents, his sister, and his girlfriend in attendance when the Winnipeg Jets (3-3-0) take on the Minnesota Wild, in the team's first match-up against a divisional opponent this season.

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"He's amazing at it" - Jets players on the art of blocking shots

Hendricks, Wheeler, Little, and others on teammates who excel at a tough skill

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - Forward Matt Hendricks skated with the Winnipeg Jets at practice again this morning in a non-contact yellow jersey as he continues to recover from an injury that he sustained blocking a shot in the pre-season.

Hendricks is well known for his shot blocking and he had an infamous moment back in January of 2016 when he took a shot in a tender area.

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Lemieux to make NHL debut Friday night against the Minnesota Wild

21-year-old has five points in four games with the Manitoba Moose

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - Brendan Lemieux has been waiting a long time for his NHL debut.

Now it's only one night away.

The 21-year-old will be in the line-up when the Winnipeg Jets wrap up a three-game home stand against the Minnesota Wild Friday night at Bell MTS Place.

"I'm excited, and I've been waiting my whole life for this," said Lemieux after Thursday's practice. "It's been a dream since I watched my dad play in the NHL to play, and I'm just really blessed to have the opportunity to be able to do it."

His father, Claude, played 1,215 games in the NHL, and during his playing days often brought young Brendan around the dressing room. Playing in the NHL has been a dream since that time, and with his first game just over 24 hours away, Lemieux said it was a longer road than he anticipated.

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Jets remember Gord Downie

Canadians Little, Chiarot, Mason and Maurice recall their favourite memories of Downie and The Tragically Hip

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick / WinnipegJets.com

Video: PRACTICE | Rembering Gord Downie

WINNIPEG - When Bryan Little left his house this morning, it was a little after nine.

Following practice, when he and fellow Ontarian Ben Chiarot spoke with the media about the impact Canadian icon Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip had on them, the sweet, soulful notes of the '98 classic 'Bobcaygeon' played softly in the background.

Fitting. It is, after all, one of Little's favourite songs.

He, like millions of us, awoke to the news that Downie had passed away after a yearlong battle with cancer.

"Everyone knew it was coming, but it's definitely sad," he said. "Everyone will have their own memories of Gord Downie and The Hip, and I've got a few good ones, so I'll remember them fondly. I definitely listened to them a lot on the ride to the rink this morning."

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Jets work on getting speed back in their game after loss to Columbus

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - Head coach Paul Maurice said his team wasn't quick enough in last night's loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

He made sure they were quick at practice today.

"The practice today was simple. There weren't a whole lot of reads in it. Make your read as fast as you can, and then go," said Maurice.

"In a straight away foot race, there wouldn't be a whole lot of guys catching some of our guys, or any team. Every team has three or four guys that can really go… A lot of it is just habit. It's getting out there, run your routes. There was a lot of sprint work in practice today with pucks.

"We're doing one thing here. Do it as fast as you possibly can."

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Jet Blast: Oct. 18, 2017

The #NHLJets enjoy some R&R, win two of three on the road & return home to a packed house at Bell MTS Place

by John Delaney @TheJohnAllan / WinnipegJets.com

The Winnipeg Jets concluded their first road trip of the season and returned home to Bell MTS Place to close out a successful week on Saturday night.  

The Jets arrived in Vancouver late Monday, where they enjoyed Tuesday off on Canada's west coast. Dustin Byfuglien and Matt Hendricks took advantage of their day off and headed out to the water to enjoy some of BC's finest fishing. Catching a near ten foot long sturgeon in the Fraser River, Buff and Hendy were smiling cheek to cheek.

Tweet from @SturgeonSlayers: What do the @NHLJets do on a day off? They catch lifetime dinos with us�� #SturgeonSlayers #CatchRecordRelease pic.twitter.com/8bsP79bXh7

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Jets fall to Columbus 5-2, win streak snapped at three

Kyle Connor, Joel Armia score for Jets; Mason makes 33 saves

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - Captain Blake Wheeler said "there's going to be nights like this."

The goal, added the captain, is to make sure the team bounces back quickly.

The Winnipeg Jets (3-3-0) dropped a 5-2 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night, snapping the home team's three-game winning streak, and extending Columbus' to four.

"The game is really simple, but it's really hard. If you're not going to play it simply, then it's really hard," said head coach Paul Maurice. "If you don't do either, you're going to have a night that looked just like that.

"We didn't skate hard enough to give ourselves a chance to even battle on some pucks."

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Jets recall Brendan Lemieux

Adam Lowry placed on IR retroactive Oct. 12.

by Winnipeg Jets Press Release @WpgJetsPR / WinnipegJets.com

The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have recalled forward Brendan Lemieux from the Manitoba Moose. The Jets also announced that forward Adam Lowry was placed on injured reserve retro-active to Oct. 12.

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