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Ehlers opens the scoring, but Jets fall to Islanders

"It's just not going for us right now." -Wheeler

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - Pick any statistical category and the Winnipeg Jets likely got the better of the New York Islanders in it on Thursday night.

But the Islanders had the edge on the scoreboard at the end of the night, handing the Jets a 3-1 loss, their third consecutive on the home stand.

"It's not going for us right now. Obviously scoring one goal, you're not going to win many games that way," said Blake Wheeler. "I thought we did enough offensively to win the game. The ninth game in 15 days, I still thought we carried most of the play and were the better team. It just wasn't meant to be."

Nikolaj Ehlers scored for the Jets (4-5-0), but it was Mathew Barzal's two second period goals that proved to be the difference, giving the Islanders a season series sweep of the Jets.

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Jets reassign Nelson Nogier to the Manitoba Moose

Nogier has an assist and four penalty minutes in four games with the Moose this season

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / Press Release

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have reassigned defenceman Nelson Nogier to the Manitoba Moose.

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Jets recall Nelson Nogier from the Manitoba Moose

Nogier has an assist and four penalty minutes in four games with the Moose this season

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / Press Release

WINNIPEG, Oct. 17, 2019 - The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have recalled defenceman Nelson Nogier from the Manitoba Moose. 

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Thomas' Five Storylines - NYI @ WPG

Jets will play Eastern Conference opponent for sixth time in first nine games

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets


The Jets recorded two power play goals in a game for the first time this season and are 4-for-16 with the man advantage in the last three contests. However, the penalty kill needs some work with it ranked 30th in the NHL. Paul Maurice mentioned he wasn't happy with the two power play goals allowed 2:10 apart in the second period Tuesday against the Arizona Coyotes. Winnipeg is 1-4 when allowing a power play goal this season.

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Gustafsson reflects on NHL debut

Gustafsson: "I have to fight for my spot, but I feel like I can do better and better."

by Tyler Esquivel @TylerAEsquivel /

WINNIPEG - Middle of the night phone calls are rarely welcome.

But when Jets rookie David Gustafsson dialed his family home around 5:00 A.M in Sweden, his parents could hardly wait to answer.

"They were awake," said the 19-year-old who made his NHL debut on Tuesday night.

"I called them, and they were happy for me and they were happy about the way I played, and I thought so too."

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Tonight on JetsTV Live presented by Budweiser | Oct. 17

Coverage starts at 6 pm CT across all digital platforms

by Staff @NHLJets /

Two valuable points are on the line tonight at Bell MTS Place as the Winnipeg Jets welcome in the New York Islanders for the second meeting between the two teams this month.

The JetsTV Live Pregame Show gets underway at 6 pm CT where Host Jamie Thomas and JetsTV Reporter Mitchell Clinton will dive into the Jets line-up, Ville Heinola's return to the line-up, and much more as the Jets and Islanders conclude their season series.

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GAMEDAY: Jets vs Islanders

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

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - He came close, but Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little will be held out one more game as he recovers from a concussion.

"We had a 30-minute puck movement practice (yesterday). He worked hard and got tugged at the end. He'll get another one today," said head coach Paul Maurice. "We're just erring on the side of caution again."

But the Jets (4-4-0) line-up will be slightly different tonight with the New York Islanders in town for the final meeting between the two teams this regular season - Ville Heinola draws back in after not playing the last three games.

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Little sheds non-contact jersey in Wednesday's practice

"I've definitely felt better in the last three or four days" - Little

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - Bryan Little finally got to shed the non-contact jersey he's been in since early October.

The veteran Jets forward was cleared for contact and was a regular participant in Wednesday's practice. He's been recovering from a concussion sustained in the final preseason game in Minnesota against the Wild.

"It's been a bit slower than I would have liked. With these things now, you have to be more cautious than you used to be," Little said. "There are different protocols in place now. You have to follow that and follow the steps. Today was the first contact practice and it felt pretty good."

Both Little and head coach Paul Maurice stopped short of saying the 31-year-old will be in the line-up on Thursday. They want to make sure he comes back to the rink tomorrow feeling just as good as he does today.

"I've passed all the tests but haven't had a lot of practice time," said Little. "I talked to Paul. It's wake up and see how you feel. The biggest thing for me is just getting that speed back because I haven't had a lot of full practices with the team. Today was basically my first one where I participated in everything."

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Scheifele, Connor score but Coyotes double up Jets

"We're going to have to identify or become a team that plays a five-man defensive game." -Maurice

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - A tough second period proved to be too much to overcome for the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night, as the Arizona Coyotes scored three goals in the middle frame to hand the Jets a 4-2 loss.

Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor scored power play goals in the first and third periods respectively, but it wasn't enough as the Coyotes responded with two goals of their own on the man advantage.

Head coach Paul Maurice said Arizona's fourth and final goal of the night, where Christian Dvorak found some open space in front of Connor Hellebuyck after an extended shift in the Jets' defensive zone, is an example of the work still to be done.

"We're going to have to identify or become a team that plays a five-man defensive game," said Maurice.

"But that will be a work in progress all year. That's not getting switch flipped next week and saying 'now we're a defensive juggernaut.' We're going to have to work really hard to become a solid defensive team."

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Moving behind the bench

From Game On Magazine - 2019 Season Preview Edition

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / Game On Magazine

Jim Slater's resume at Michigan State University is lengthy - and it's about to get even longer.

From 2001 until 2005, the Petoskey, Michigan product suited up for the Spartans of the NCAA, making the All-Rookie team in 2001-02, the First All-Star team the following season - a feat he repeated in 2003-04 - and was named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top collegiate player in that season as well.

Add it all up and Slater had 64 goals and 172 points in 158 games as a Spartan. He served as an assistant captain for 37 of them, and captain for the final 83.

This season, he's adding something else to that resume: volunteer coach.

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