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Jets assign Hutchinson, Lemieux and Roslovic to Manitoba

by Winnipeg Jets Press Release @WpgJetsPR / WinnipegJets.com

Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Jets announced today that they have assigned goaltender Michael Hutchinson and forwards Brendan Lemieux and Jack Roslovic to the Manitoba Moose.

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Jets head into player break with loss to Wild

Perreault scores lone goal; Hellebuyck stops 37 in 4-1 defeat

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / WinnipegJets.com

ST. PAUL, Minnesota - With Shawn Matthias joining Adam Lowry, Brandon Tanev and Mark Scheifele on the injured list on Saturday, you could understand why this five-day player break comes at the perfect time for the Winnipeg Jets.

Video: POSTGAME | JetsTV Road Report

The Jets came out slow in the first period and fell behind 2-0 for the third straight road game against a Central Division opponent, and they just ran out of gas in the third period in their comeback attempt, falling 4-1 to the Minnesota Wild. Winnipeg missed out on a chance to sweep the season series from the Wild, but did take three of the four meetings this year.

"Well, we were 22 hours since we took out skates off last night (in Chicago); it's tough." said Blake Wheeler, who had an assist in the defeat. "People come into our building after that and we've given a couple beat downs this year. We knew it was going to be a grind."

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GAME DAY: Jets look to bounce back tonight in Minnesota

6:00pm CT - TV: Sportsnet One/City TV; Radio: TSN 1290

by WinnipegJets.com Staff @NHLJets / WinnipegJets.com

**LINEUP NEWS (UPDATED AT 4:00PM CT)**

Connor Hellebuyck will get the start in goal, marking the first time a Jets netminder has played on back-to-back nights all season. Michael Hutchinson will back up. Steve Mason, who was not "feeling well" following Friday's morning skate (prompting Hutchinson's emergency recall from the Manitoba Moose), has been sent back to Winnipeg for further evaluation.

Video: PREGAME | Paul Maurice

Shawn Matthias will not play due an upper-body injury suffered last night in Chicago. Brendan Lemieux will draw in and play his eighth-career game tonight. Lemieux scored his first NHL goal in a 7-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins back on Oct. 29.

Tweet from @NHLJets: Tonight's projected lineup presented by @RedRiverMutual | @LaSalleIns.Hellebuyck starts between the pipes.**Lineup subject to change.** #WPGvsMIN pic.twitter.com/vplNgWDMEg

JETS GAME NOTES

Tonight's Game

The Winnipeg Jets finish a three-game road trip tonight against the Minnesota Wild...The Jets lost 2-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks last night and are 1-1 on the road trip...This is the fourth and final meeting between the Jets and Wild this season, with the Jets having won the three previous games...After their bye week next week, the Jets head out on the road again to play the Calgary Flames on Jan. 20 before returning to Winnipeg the next night to host the Vancouver Canucks.

Jets vs. Wild Notes

= The Jets went 1-4-0 against the Wild last season, but are 10-6-0 against the Wild in the last 16 meetings, including winning four in a row.
- Winnipeg is 14-9-2 when facing Minnesota since moving to Manitoba in 2011.
- Winnipeg has scored 23 goals in its last five games against Minnesota.
- The Jets are 5-for-15 (33.3%) on the power play in their last four games against the Wild.

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Glass' 31 saves lead Blackhawks over Jets

Laine scores team-leading 20th of the year in one-goal loss

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / WinnipegJets.com

CHICAGO, Illinois - Patrik Laine scored his team-leading 20th of the year late in the third period and had numerous chances overall in the final frame, but the Chicago Blackhawks hung on and beat the Jets 2-1 on Friday night at the United Center.

Video: POSTGAME | JetsTV Road Report

Thirty-two-year-old rookie Jeff Glass made 31 saves - many of them of the spectacular variety - for his third win of the season and his first victory on home ice, and was clearly the difference on the night for Chicago. Winnipeg falls to 26-12-7 on the season and has dropped three straight to their Central Division rivals going back to last season.

"It was just even. I don't think they were getting to our net for any second or third opportunities," said Head Coach Paul Maurice. "We were in alone a couple of times, had a 3-on-1 that we didn't convert when we needed to. It wasn't an offensive game."

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Jets recall Michael Hutchinson

Adam Lowry (upper body) placed on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 5

by Winnipeg Jets Press Release @WpgJetsPR / WinnipegJets.com

Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Jets announced today that they have recalled goaltender Michael Hutchinson from the Manitoba Moose. The Jets also announced that they have placed forward Adam Lowry on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 5.

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GAME DAY: Jets visit Hawks in the second of a three-game road trip

7:30pm CT - TV: TSN3; Radio: TSN 1290

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / WinnipegJets.com

**UPDATE AT 5:25PM CT**

Michael Hutchinson has been recalled from the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey Laegue. In a corresponding move, centre Adam Lowry has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 5.

Tweet from @JamieThomasTV: Steve Mason was not feeling well after the morning skate today, so the #NHLJets quickly worked to get Michael Hutchinson from Winnipeg to Chicago this afternoon. He���s been recalled on an emergency basis.

CHICAGO, Illinois - The Jets and Blackhawks have met only once this year, but that one-sided contest - a 5-1 Chicago victory back on Dec. 14 - was brought up often this morning as the two prepare to renew pleasantries in the second of five encounters, this time at the United Center.

Video: PREGAME | JetsTV Road Report

"They were really quick that game; really fast, great sticks," Head Coach Paul Maurice said of the Hawks, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the game was even 10-and-a-half minutes old. "Their first goal was from their end, straight down to our end of the ice. We didn't like our game. We were slow."

With the win that night, the Blackhawks pulled to within just four points of the Jets. Today, less than a month later, Winnipeg has opened up an 11-point advantage with an 8-2-2 record since.

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Jets up the tempo, focus on pace ahead of Friday's tilt with Hawks

Lowry, Tanev practice in non-contact jerseys but will not play Friday at Chicago

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / WinnipegJets.com

CHICAGO, Illinois - The Winnipeg Jets were back at practice on Thursday afternoon in Chicago at the Blackhawks' practice facility, Johnny's IceHouse.

It was an up-tempo effort for 30 minutes that included injured forwards Adam Lowry and Brandon Tanev, who both wore the yellow non-contact jerseys along with Brendan Lemieux, who is not injured but joined the former two as they recover from their lower-body ailments.

"Lemieux [was wearing yellow] just so we had a line," said Head Coach Maurice after practice. "The other two, I don't have them going tomorrow. It was more for their legs than anything. They weren't shooting and passing like they normally would when they're at 100 per cent. So we will say 'no' for sure tomorrow, (and) we'll revisit it for (Minnesota on Saturday)."

Video: PRACTICE | Paul Maurice

Maurice was pleased with the way his players practiced after a day off in Chicago on Wednesday, which is a good sign with the back-to-back games with Central Division opponents coming up this weekend.

"We've only had a handful of games this year where we didn't like the pace of our game; Chicago at home (a 5-1 loss on Dec. 14) was definitely one of them, and part of it is because they make you look like that. They're a real quick hockey team."

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Wheeler, Hellebuyck honoured to be named All Stars

Jets' representatives making first appearance at league's marquee event

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / WinnipegJets.com

Video: ALL STAR | Report from Chicago

CHICAGO, Illinois - A quiet day off in Chicago turned into another memorable moment in what continues to be a special season for the Winnipeg Jets.

The NHL announced the remaining players headed to the All-Star game at the end of the month in Tampa, Florida. Jets captain Blake Wheeler and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck were rewarded for their outstanding performances to date, being chosen as Central Division All-Stars.

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"As you get older it's something you can share with your family," said Wheeler, who is currently on a seven-game point streak. "Obviously Louie (Wheeler's five-year old son) is excited; it will be a cool experience for him. So that's what makes it special. To be able to share it with your family, and it's obviously in a pretty cool place this year."

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Pair of Jets named to 2018 NHL All-Star Game

Blake Wheeler & Connor Hellebuyck Will Play for the Central Division at NHL All-Star Weekend on Jan. 27-28 in Tampa Bay

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / Press Release

Winnipeg, MB -- The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, announced that Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler and goaltender Connor Hellebuyck have been selected to participate in the 2018 NHL All-Star Game. The 2018 NHL All-Star weekend is being hosted by the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Amalie Arena on Jan. 27-28, 2018.

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Connor, Ehlers tally two apiece in Jets' win over Sabres

Laine records 100th career point; Mason stops 30 in 7-4 victory

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / WinnipegJets.com

BUFFALO, New York - The Winnipeg Jets didn't care that the Buffalo Sabres were playing their first home game in over three weeks, capitalizing on the suspect goaltending and undisciplined play from their hosts to record their third straight win and sixth in their last seven games with a 7-4 victory at KeyBank Arena on Tuesday night.

Video: POSTGAME | JetsTV Road Report

Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers scored twice, while Patrik Laine, Dustin Byfuglien and Joel Armia added singles for the Jets in the victory. Laine became the fourth fastest Finnish-born player to reach 100 career points in his 117th career game. Only Teemu Selanne (68 GP), Jari Kurri (100 GP) and Christian Ruuttu (114 GP) have reached the century mark faster in NHL history.

Blake Wheeler had two assists to extend his point streak to seven games and Steve Mason made 30 saves for his third win of the season. It was Mason's first victory since he made 39 saves in a 2-1 victory Nov. 22 in Los Angeles.

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