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Jets to host away game viewing parties at Bell MTS Place

by Winnipeg Jets Press Release @WpgJetsPR /

WINNIPEG, April 25, 2018 - Fans will have the chance to unite in white for Winnipeg Jets away games as Bell MTS Place plays host to #WPGWhiteout Viewing Parties for Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Jets forwards aware of their role in defending 'the flipper'

Maurice: We hope we're a little bit better as baseball than they are

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - Some call it 'the flipper,' while others opt to name it 'the lob pass.'

Either way, it's a handful for defencemen to handle.

One of the ways the Nashville Predators move the puck up the ice is a high flip from their own zone to forwards moving through the neutral zone with speed.

It may not be as accurate as a flat, tape-to-tape pass, but it's effective.

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Series Preview: Jets vs Predators

Central Division rivals meet for the first time in the Stanley Cup Playoffs

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

Video: PRACTICE | JetsTV Panel


It's a showdown between the two teams that finished with the most, and second most points in the NHL's regular season.

The Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators finished with 114 and 117 points respectively after 82 games. The Jets then got by the Minnesota Wild in five games in the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, while the Predators eliminated the Colorado Avalanche in six games.

As for the league's two best teams meeting this early in the playoffs, head coach Paul Maurice doesn't have an issue with it.

"They were in the eighth seed last year, and got to the Final. They earned that right to get there from that seed," said Maurice.

"It's good to play when both teams are as healthy as they're going to be. They're as fresh as they're going to be. It's still early on in the playoffs. It makes for good hockey."

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Wheeler named finalist for Messier Award

Award is presented to the NHL player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team on and off the ice

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 has been selected as one of three finalists for the 2017-18 Mark Messier Leadership Award. The award is presented "to the NHL player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team on and off the ice during the regular season and who plays a leading role in his community growing the game of hockey" as selected by six-time Stanley Cup champion and Hall of Famer Mark Messier. The other finalists are Deryk Engelland of the Vegas Golden Knights and Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Injured Jets slowly returning to practice as Second Round gets closer

Enstrom, Ehlers wear full contact jerseys in Tuesday's practice

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - Tuesday marked the fourth day since the Winnipeg Jets put the finishing touches on the series win over the Minnesota Wild, and at the time, the Jets knew the gap before the start of the Second Round would be crucial for injured players to make a return.

It just so happened that Tuesday's practice showed some progress in that regard.

After wearing non-contact jerseys on Monday, both Nikolaj Ehlers and Toby Enstrom were back in regular colours.

Jets head coach Paul Maurice wouldn't confirm Enstrom's availability for Game One against the Predators (yet to be scheduled), but was happy to see the veteran defenceman back on the ice paired with Dustin Byfuglien.

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Not winning Calder Trophy "won't change" Connor's game

Left-winger's 31 goals the most among league's rookie class

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV /

WINNIPEG - When the NHL released the finalists for the Calder Trophy on Sunday, there was a name missing in the eyes of many in Winnipeg.

Forward Kyle Connor, who led all rookies with 31 goals, was left out while the New York Islanders' Matthew Barzal, Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks, and the Arizona Coyotes' Clayton Keller will be heading to Vegas at the end of June for the NHL Awards.

"They're all good players," said Jets head coach Paul Maurice. "There is always a name in there you can argue should be in."

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Team speed critical to Jets' on-ice success

Jets forwards break down the different aspects of "playing fast."

by Tyler Esquivel @Mr_Skeyval /

WINNIPEG - It's April 15th, 2018. The Winnipeg Jets have lost 6-2 to the Minnesota Wild in Game Three in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Like most nights, captain Blake Wheeler holds court with the media at his locker stall. When asked what his team needs to improve on to have success in Game Four, the answer was simple.

"Play faster," said Wheeler.

While the answer was clear and direct, what does it actually mean? Skate faster? Pass harder? Shoot quicker? Sort of, but 36-year-old forward Matt Hendricks helped spell it out.

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Jets anticipate fast, physical series with Predators

Second Round series pits NHL's top two regular season teams against each other

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - Late on Sunday night, the Winnipeg Jets found out who they'll face in the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Nashville Predators shutout the Colorado Avalanche in Game Six of their best-of-seven series, setting the stage for a match-up between the NHL's top two teams.

Nashville's 117 points (53-18-11) earned them the Presidents' Trophy and top spot in the Central Division, while the Jets (52-20-10) finished right behind them with 114 points.

"I would think the philosophy and style of play are very similar. The elements are very similar," said head coach Paul Maurice.

"It's a high-event game. There's lots of action all the time. The game doesn't really slow down when we play there aren't blocks of time where teams are just dumping pucks and playing the same game. It's very intense, and very exciting for the full 60 (minutes)."

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Tanev enjoying recovery time after series win over Wild

26-year-old credits team's leadership for handing First Round nerves

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV /

WINNIPEG - Like most members of the Winnipeg Jets, Brandon Tanev is more than happy to sit back and watch the Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight instead of playing.

The Jets earned the right to rest and relax by taking care of business Friday night, winning their opening round series four games to one over the Minnesota Wild. So Tanev will keep an eye on Game Six of the Nashville - Colorado series.

"Obviously everyone is a big fan of hockey," said Tanev. "It's a different situation when you're going to play a team - either Nashville or Colorado - so you get to watch to see what their tendencies are, and how they're playing right now in the playoffs."

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Ehlers, Enstrom skate in non-contact jerseys as Jets await Second Round

Jets players plan to watch Game Six in Colorado and Nashville series

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - They don't know what team they'll be playing against yet, but the Winnipeg Jets began their preparations for the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Sunday at Bell MTS Iceplex.

The team held a 40-minute, high-tempo skate, and afterwards most players had time set aside to watch the Colorado Avalanche host the Nashville Predators in Game Six of their best-of-seven series tonight.

"All of us are probably going to be watching it. It's been a fun series," said Mark Scheifele. "We've been tracking it the whole time and I'm sure it's going to be another exciting game.

"Obviously we've played both of them enough that we know their teams. But it's playoff hockey, it's do-or-die hockey, so it's fun to watch."

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