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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 / WinnipegJets.com

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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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 / WinnipegJets.com

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 / WinnipegJets.com

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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Ground Control - Episode 49 (Dan O'Toole)

Jamie, Mitch and Tyler chat about Winnipeg's opening home games and welcome Dan O'Toole to the show!

by WinnipegJets.com Staff @NHLJets / WinnipegJets.com

In the 49th episode of Ground Control Jamie, Mitch and Tyler chat about the first few home games for the Winnipeg Jets, the play from Connor Hellebuyck and much more. In addition to Jets talk, Jamie welcomes TSN Host, Dan O'Toole to the show to chat about his summer vacation in an RV, his job at TSN and more. 

LISTEN NOW!

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Thomas' Five Storylines - ARI @ WPG

Jets play a team from Pacific Division for the first time this season

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

FLUSH THE LAST GAME

Winnipeg is coming off a 7-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday at Bell MTS Place. Paul Maurice closed his media availability Sunday night with this:

"Don't take this game as permanent," said Maurice.

"We had a tough night tonight. We've been a pretty damn good team. We weren't tonight."

Winnipeg gave up seven goals just once last season and that came on February 20th, 2019 in Denver. The Jets then travelled to Vegas and beat the Golden Knights 6-3 two nights later. The last time they allowed seven on home ice was the season opener in 2017 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. They won four of their next five games at Bell MTS Place that season.

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Tonight on JetsTV Live presented by Budweiser | Oct. 15

Coverage starts at 6 pm CT across all digital platforms

by WinnipegJets.com Staff @NHLJets / WinnipegJets.com

A five-game stretch at Bell MTS Place continues tonight for the Winnipeg Jets, which means the JetsTV Live Pregame Show presented by Budweiser begins pregame coverage across all digital platforms at 6 pm CT.

The Arizona Coyotes are in town for their first of two visits to Bell MTS Place this season. Host Jamie Thomas and JetsTV Reporter Mitchell Clinton will dive into tonight's match-up, look back on Monday's game against Pittsburgh, and project what tonight's Jets line-up could look like.

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Game Day: Jets vs Coyotes

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

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - Tonight is the night David Gustafsson has been waiting for.

The 19-year-old will suit up in his first NHL game as the Winnipeg Jets (4-3-0) host the Arizona Coyotes tonight at Bell MTS Place - and the young centre couldn't be more excited.

"I got the news during breakfast, so it was a special feeling," said Gustafsson. "It's going to be a big day. This is the thing you've been dreaming of since you were a little kid. 

"I'm excited for the night."

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Laine named NHL's Second Star of the Week

Laine had two goals and eight points for the week to propel Winnipeg to a 3-1-0 record

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / Press Release

WINNIPEG, Oct. 14, 2019 - The Winnipeg Jets, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, today announced that forward Patrik Laine has been named the NHL's Second Star of the Week for the week ending Oct. 13/19.

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Jets open home stand with tough loss to Penguins

Perreault, Scheifele score as Jets split season series with Pittsburgh

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton / WinnipegJets.com

WINNIPEG - A three-game win streak came to an end for the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night, as they dropped a 7-2 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins to close out the season series between the two clubs.

Mathieu Perreault and Mark Scheifele scored for the Jets, who were playing their seventh game in 11 days to open the season.  

But while the Jets will certainly watch video on certain aspects of this loss, captain Blake Wheeler said the team will move on from it quickly.

"It's an outlier. I don't think that's indicative of our team," said Wheeler. "We've been behind a fair bit this year. But we've stayed in the battle. We've fought all year. Every once in a while it's going to look like that."

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