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Impressive homestand

Wheeler: "It's not perfect but it's pretty darn close."

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

WINNIPEG MB - The Winnipeg Jets skated off the ice at Bell MTS Place on the losing side of the score board to close out a four-game home stand in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres. However, the Jets can't be upset with seven out of a possible eight points.

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Jets fall in a shootout to wrap up home stand

Brossoit makes 31 saves; Connor scores his ninth of the season

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - For the first time this season, the Winnipeg Jets found themselves in a shootout on Friday night in the finale of a four-game home stand.

Unfortunately for the fans inside Bell MTS Place, it was the visiting Buffalo Sabres who left the building with the win, when Connor Sheary's snap shot went bar down on Jets goaltender Laurent Brossoit in the seventh round.

Kyle Connor scored in regulation for the Jets, then added another in the shootout. Line mate Patrik Laine had the other Jets goal in the skills competition, but in the end, the Jets ended the four game stretch at home with seven of a possible eight points.

"It's not perfect, but it's pretty darn close," said Blake Wheeler, who had his 11-game point streak snapped. "There are some things we can definitely build upon."

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Jets recall Kristian Vesalainen from the Manitoba Moose

19-year-old had eight points in eight games with the Moose

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / Press Release

WINNIPEG, November 16, 2018 - The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have recalled forward Kristian Vesalainen from the Manitoba Moose. 

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Tonight on JetsTV Live presented by Budweiser | Nov. 16

Coverage starts at 6 pm CT across all digital platforms

by Staff @NHLJets /

One more opponent stands between the Winnipeg Jets and a perfect home stand, as the Buffalo Sabres come to town to close out Winnipeg's four-game stretch at Bell MTS Place - a stretch that has seen the Jets win the first three games over Colorado, New Jersey, and Washington.

The JetsTV Live Pregame Show presented by Budweiser gets all the coverage underway at 6 pm CT, as Host and Insider Jamie Thomas sets up the first of two meetings between the Jets and Sabres.

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GAME DAY: Jets vs Sabres

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

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - With six points in their pocket through the first three games, the Winnipeg Jets have their sights set on wrapping up this four-game home stand the right way.

But standing in the way of that perfect four-for-four stretch is the Buffalo Sabres, who have won four of their last five games.

A big part of Winnipeg's seven wins in their last 10 has been the play of captain Blake Wheeler. The 32-year-old has points in 11 straight games, accumulating 20 points in that span.

His focus isn't on his stats though. It's on what his team has done well during this time at home.

"Our emphasis has been on structurally doing the right things, coming back, stopping and starting," said Wheeeler. "From there chances are going to come, we're going to get offensive opportunities. Our line has been going pretty good, our power play has been going pretty good. Those things all contribute to getting some good looks."

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Laine's Blog - Season 2, Part 2

by Patrik Laine @PatrikLaine29 / Patrik Laine/

The below first appeared on as part of a year-long exclusive correspondence with Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine.

Throughout the 2018-19 season, will be your home for an exclusive look inside the life of Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine. In his own words, the Tampere, Finland native will dish on all things on and off the ice. In this second instalment, Laine talks about life after Global Series and holiday plans.

The week in Finland was an amazing experience. So many great things happened, but the best moments were both the games we played against the Florida Panthers. Sure, the week was a lot of fun, but it was also exhausting with all the things happening and the time difference. Luckily I was able to catch my sleep the first night after our return to Winnipeg, and I adjusted pretty quickly and easily. There was a six-day break between our last game in Finland and the first one at home, and we used that time to practice and just to enjoy being at home. No need to say it was a great feeling to play again after the break.

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Brossoit will start against Sabres to wrap up home stand

'I did a lot of work on and off the ice to sharpen things up' -Brossoit

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - It's been 20 days since Laurent Brossoit's last start - thanks mostly in part to the Winnipeg Jets playing only twice in a two-week span due to the NHL Global Series in Finland - but that wait will come to an end tomorrow night.

Brossoit will get his fourth start of the season when the Jets host the Buffalo Sabres to close out a four-game home stand.

The Jets have won each of the first three games during the current stretch at home, with victories over the Colorado Avalanche, the New Jersey Devils, and the Washington Capitals.

Brossoit has three wins in his first three starts as a Jet, and is excited to get back between the pipes.

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Lily's connection to Hockey Fights Cancer

"The care Lily has received has been the greatest gift to our family"

by CancerCare Manitoba Foundation @CancerCareMB /

Every year in our province, 50 to 60 children are diagnosed with cancer. For these children and the people who love and care for them, time almost seems to stop when the sobering news is delivered.

Lily, who turned nine earlier this fall, is one of these children. Her family's life was changed forever when she was diagnosed with leukemia in November 2016. Just seven at the time and in grade two, cancer was not on her parents' radar. Lily simply woke up one morning with a sore back. Her parents just thought it was a result of doing flips on her bed the day before.

"Cancer never entered our mind, it was not a fear. It came out of nowhere," says Lily's mom Heather.  

Lily's treatment began swiftly and her family was told she would spend the next two and a half years receiving life-saving care. Care delivered by the incredible pediatric oncology team at CancerCare Manitoba. 

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Saying no to Ovechkin

Hellebuyck: "The guy can shoot."

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

WINNIPEG MB - So far on this home stand the Winnipeg Jets have kept the NHL's leading scorer Mikko Rantanen and the reigning Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall off the score sheet.

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Chiarot's third period goal pushes Jets over Capitals

Jets improve to 11-5-1; Wheeler extends point streak to 11 games

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - There is a fine line between winning and losing in the National Hockey League.

The most recent example - Wednesday night's tilt between the Winnipeg Jets and Washington Capitals.

With the game tied at one in the third period, Nick Backstrom's breakaway attempt went off the post, crossbar, and Connor Hellebuyck's back and across the goal line before Dustin Byfuglien swept it away from danger.

It was a moment Hellebuyck summed up best.

"A lot of panic," said Hellebuyck. "Lots of panic."

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