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Maurice tweaks forward lines and power play units ahead of tilt against New Jersey on Friday

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - After a much needed two days off the ice (except for an optional skate on Wednesday) the Winnipeg Jets were back for a full practice on Thursday, with a few tweaks made to the line-up.

Nikolaj Ehlers joined a line with Andrew Copp and Pierre-Luc Dubois, while Kristian Vesalainen skated on the right wing with Paul Stastny and Adam Lowry.

"If you're going to make an adjustment, depending on who you're playing and how you're playing, move as few people as possible," head coach Paul Maurice said following the 45-minute skate at Canada Life Centre.

The way he has the lines is a version of what gave the Jets success against the Edmonton Oilers less than two weeks ago.

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Perfetti thrilled to be named to Canada's World Junior Selection Camp

"I still have that feeling in my gut of losing in the gold (medal game) to the U.S."

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - When Cole Perfetti talked about the opportunity to represent Canada at the World Junior Championship once again, his excitement was noticeable.

He's the only returning forward from last year's team invited to Canada's National Junior Selection Camp which begins on December 9 in Calgary. The 19-year-old acknowledges he still has to go to that camp and prove he deserves a spot on the team, but along with the excitement he had talking about wearing the maple leaf on the national stage, there was a hint of something else - unfinished business.

"I still have that feeling in my gut of losing in the gold (medal game) to the U.S.," Perfetti said. "There's a lot I want to accomplish this year, and coming back and winning a gold medal is the most important part of that, obviously."

Perfetti had two goals and six points in seven games at last year's World Junior Championship, where Canada finished with a silver medal.

Sure, he went on to help Canada to gold in the spring at the 2021 IIHF World Hockey Championship, but that just makes him hungry for more.

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Scheif's Healthcare Heroes - Caroline Le Clair

"The Public Health and Community Wellness Teams that I work directly with have demonstrated what a true team is really about"

by Jason Friesen /

Hockey coaches tend to rave about coachable players - those who are enthusiastic to develop their skills and willing to try new things in order to improve not only their own skills, but to contribute to the success of the team. A positive attitude and team-oriented mindset are common characteristics of a coachable player. 

They're also common characteristics among Manitoba healthcare workers throughout the pandemic, including many who have had to learn new skills or adapt to new environments as part of COVID-19 response. One such healthcare professional is Caroline Le Clair, the Health Promotion Facilitator for the Interlake Eastern Regional Health Authority's Community Wellness Team. In this role, Caroline's "normal" duties would see her linking individuals with appropriate health resources within the region and working with community partners to access, plan, implement and evaluate health promotion.

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Jets open home stand with frustrating loss to Coyotes

"Our legs don't drive that half-second for us to be a little bit quicker with the puck."

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - There aren't many nights when the Winnipeg Jets will fire 46 shots on goal and not get rewarded.

Every so often, though, that night will come.

Unfortunately, Monday was that night.

The Jets (10-8-4) outshot the Arizona Coyotes 46-15 at Canada Life Centre, had 27 five-on-five scoring chances to Arizona's seven, and had 58 shot attempts to Arizona's 28.

Still, it was the Coyotes that left with a 1-0 win.

"They're squeezing it a little bit," head coach Paul Maurice said of his players, who have been shut out twice in the last four games.

"We're slow. I don't think it's as much confidence as our legs don't drive that half-second for us to be a little bit quicker with the puck. That that's what I think's going on."

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Morning Skate Report: Jets vs Coyotes

6:30 pm CT - TV: Sportsnet; Radio: 680 CJOB/Power 97

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - A stretch of eight games, with each game in a different time zone than the one before it, comes to an end tonight for the Winnipeg Jets (10-7-4).

They'll host the Arizona Coyotes in the first of four match-ups this season, and for a Jets team that has already played 13 games in the month of November - tonight is the classic 'empty the tank' opportunity.

It will take all they've got left after a gruelling schedule to carry the momentum from a 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday - and even that win didn't come easy.

"You're at the end of a back-to-back, you've lost five in a row, you're maybe not feeling as fresh as usual, and you battle back and get a win like that in a tough arena, that was exciting," said Nikolaj Ehlers after the team's morning skate.

"That was fun. It gave us some extra energy. We're going to want to use that tonight."

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Thomas' Five Storylines - WPG vs. ARI

Old reliable, The 'Yotes and more!

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV /


It's a combination we've seen before and it's a combination we will see again tonight. Paul Maurice reunited Kyle Connor, Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler on Saturday against the Calgary Flames and they came through with two goals including the game winner off the stick of Connor in the third period. Maurice was unable to start the season with the line because of COVID, Scheifele's suspension and then Pierre-Luc Dubois and Connor had some early season chemistry going. It's a line that the Jets coach knows he can run up against the other team's best and get some big goals from.

"Connor has kind of graduated into being a driver," Maurice said Saturday night.

"Both Mark and Blake have played really really hard but it's not really going for them. So, they needed some help too."

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GAMEDAY: Jets vs Coyotes

6:30 pm CT - TV: Sportsnet; Radio: 680 CJOB/Power 97

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets open a four-game road trip tonight against the Arizona Coyotes.

Stay tuned for the Morning Skate Report, and tune-in to the JetsTV Live Pregame Show at 9:45 am CT across all the team's digital platforms for all the updates from the morning skate at Canada Life Centre, including live interviews from the players and head coach Paul Maurice.

-- Mitchell Clinton,

Game Notes

The Jets moved back into third place in the Central Division with Saturday's win, three points behind the division-leading Minnesota Wild.

Winnipeg plays seven of their next nine games on home ice.

The Jets are 3-1-2 against their Central Division counterparts this season.

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Jets rally for 'gutsy' win in Calgary

"It's just one of those games where we needed everybody"

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

CALGARY - There is digging deep, then there is what the Winnipeg Jets did on Saturday night.

At the end of a road trip, on a frustrating five-game winless skid, and down 2-0 to a rested Calgary Flames squad, the Jets still found a way.

Kyle Connor scored twice, including the eventual game-winner with 4:51 to go in regulation to give the Jets a gutsy, come-from-behind 4-2 victory.

"It's just one of those games where we needed everybody and you could see it from our bench, every little play, every blocked shot, right play, we were cheering them on," said Connor. "That's what we needed to come out of this." 

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Thomas' Five Storylines - WPG @ CGY

Bounce back needed, PP on the board and more

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV /


Following the 7-1 setback in St. Paul Friday afternoon the hope is the Jets have been given the wakeup call that will get them out of their current five game winless streak. The Jets had been excellent five-on-five this season before the loss against the Wild having surrendered only 26 goals at even strength in their first 19 games. Minnesota put up a season high seven even strength goals on Winnipeg on Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.

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