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With Playoffs in Reach, Jets Add Veteran Experience for Final Push

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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Kevin Cheveldayoff, Winnipeg Jets GM and executive vice-president. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG – Bryan Little is starting to feel like this season is going to have a different ending for the Winnipeg Jets.

While Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff made no moves Monday on the last day of NHL trading, he did boost Winnipeg’s roster with five veteran players this season, including four since Feb. 11.

Those additions have helped keep the Jets (32-20-12) on a flight path that could see the franchise make the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

“There’s a sense everyone has that confidence right now, which I don’t think was really there before,” Little said after Monday’s practice.

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Jets Cruise to Victory Over Defending Cup Champ Kings

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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Winnipeg Jets’ Tyler Myers (57) celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Kings’ during second period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg Sunday, March 1, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

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WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets put the brakes on one of the hottest teams in the National Hockey League in a rare matinée at MTS Centre with a dominant 5-2 victory.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings entered Winnipeg on Sunday afternoon winners of eight of their last 10 games, but a pair of goals from Jets captain Andrew Ladd and strong defensive play from goaltender Michael Hutchinson on outward helped the Jets cruise to victory.

“We’re comfortable with the style that we play and have a good understanding of what we need to do too to win those hockey games,” said Ladd, now with 22 goals and a team-leading 52 points on the season. “I think we head into every game knowing that we can beat any team, and that’s our expectation.”

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Blues Battle to Shootout Win Over Jets

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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St. Louis Blues’ Alexander Steen (20) scores the game-winning goal on Winnipeg Jets goaltender Michael Hutchinson (34) during the shootout in NHL action in Winnipeg on Thursday, February 26, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

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WINNIPEG — In a veritable chess match between the Central Division rivals, the Winnipeg Jets and St. Louis Blues battled in a physical and defensive showdown at MTS Centre with the Blues coming away with a 2-1 shootout victory following 65 minutes of deadlock hockey.

With roughly 20 games remaining in each club’s regular season schedules, Thursday night was the first of four remaining meetings between the two teams who could quite likely meet in the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The physical tone was apparent early.

“Because both teams can,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice of the physicality. “Both teams can skate. And that’s their game. That’s the way they play when they play well, and that’s the way we play when we play well.And the energy was right from the start.”

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Cheveldayoff Tries to Prep Jets for Playoffs by Acquiring Tlusty from Hurricanes

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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Carolina Hurricanes’ Jeff Skinner (53) congratulates Jiri Tlusty (19), of the Czech Republic, following Tlusty’s goal against the Buffalo Sabres during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. The Winnipeg Jets acquired Tlusty from the Hurricanes on Wednesday in exchange for two draft picks. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Gerry Broome)

WINNIPEG – Kevin Cheveldayoff thought the injury-stricken Winnipeg Jets could use a boost in their playoff drive so he pulled off his second trade this month.

The general manager swung a deal to acquire eight-year forward Jiri Tlusty from the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday for two draft picks.

Carolina gets a conditional sixth-round pick in this year’s NHL draft, but it’ll become a fifth-round pick if the Jets make the playoffs. The Hurricanes also get a third-rounder in the 2016 draft.

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Rookies Rise to the Occasion as Jets Beat Stars 4-2

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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Winnipeg Jets’ Andrew Ladd (16), Michael Frolik (67) and Bryan Little (18) celebrate after Frolik scored. Dallas Stars’ Jason Spezza (90) and John Klingberg (3) look on, during third period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Tuesday, February 24, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

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WINNIPEG — Goaltender Michael Hutchinson made his fourth start in Winnipeg’s last five games Tuesday night, and the rookie kept his team’s point streak alive with him between the pipes as the Winnipeg Jets shot down the Dallas Stars 4-2 at MTS Centre.

Hutchinson weathered a second period storm of Dallas opportunities to finish with 26 saves for his 18th victory of the season. The win keeps the Jets (31-20-11) in the top Wild Card spot in the Western Conference with 73 points.

“I thought we came out and had a great start to the game,” said the 24-year-old Hutchinson. “We knew Dallas has a lot of offensive skill… They had a big push in the second period and we were just fortunate that we didn’t get running around too much. We blocked some key shots, and whenever they did get chances I was fortunate enough I was able to get there.”

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Jets’ Mark Scheifele Named KidSport Athlete Ambassador

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Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) celebrates his second goal of the game in NHL action against the Buffalo Sabres at MTS Centre on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Winnipeg Jets centre Mark Scheifele has been named a Team KidSport Athlete Ambassador for KidSport Winnipeg.

The new role will see the Kitchener native more active in the community, appearing at a number of upcoming fundraising events.

“Growing up, sports were a huge part of my life; I made so many good friends, learned so much and sports kept me active and healthy,” Scheifele said. “To be able to be a part of KidSport Winnipeg is very important to me.”

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Jets Still in Top Wild-Card Position, But Hold on Playoff Spot Slipping

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier, right,makes a save as Winnipeg Jets’ Mark Scheifele lands on top of him during third period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Saturday, February 21, 2015. While the Jets’ grip on a playoff spot is starting to slip, the NHL club was hit with more bad news on the injury front. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese)

WINNIPEG – Andrew Ladd believes the Winnipeg Jets can still silence naysayers and grab a spot in the NHL playoffs.

While the Jets hold the first of two wild-card berths in the Western Conference, their grip is slipping after putting up a 4-3-3 run in their last 10 games.

Winnipeg (30-20-11) has 71 points, just two ahead of the surging Minnesota Wild and three in front of both the Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks, but the Wild and Flames have each played two fewer games.

The last time Winnipeg fans watched NHL playoff action was way back in 1996 with the what is now the Arizona Coyotes franchise.

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Jets Coach Maurice Says Forward Mathieu Perreault Out with “Significant” Injury

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg Jets’ Mark Scheifele (55) and a trainer assist Mathieu Perreault (85) off the ice after being injured while playing against the Edmonton Oilers’ during first period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Monday, February 16, 2015. The Winnipeg Jets will likely have to continue their drive to the post-season without Mathieu Perreault, while Drew Stafford is considered day-to-day. Both forwards were injured in Winnipeg’s 5-4 shootout win over Edmonton on Monday. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

WINNIPEG – Dustin Byfuglien could once again show why he’s worth his weight in gold for the Winnipeg Jets.

Byfuglien was moved to forward for Wednesday’s practice because Mathieu Perreault was placed on injured reserve with a “significant” lower-body injury that might keep him out for the remainder of the regular season.

“We have a huge advantage, literally and figuratively, that Dustin Byfuglien can transition up front and then be a powerful force,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said.

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Jets Need Shootout to Solve Oilers

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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Winnipeg Jets’ goaltender Michael Hutchinson (34) celebrates after stopping the final attempt during the shootout against the Edmonton Oilers’ during NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Monday, February 16, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

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WINNIPEG — A see-saw match between the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets needed a shootout to solve things Monday night at MTS Centre, with Blake Wheeler finally settling it with the game winner to give the Jets a 5-4 win — their fourth in five games.

Rookie netminder Michael Hutchinson remains perfect in the shootout this season — now 14-for-14 — as he shut the door on all three Oilers shootout attempts for his third-consecutive victory, despite allowing four goals on just 19 shots through regulation time.

While Winnipeg Jets leading goal scorer Bryan Little lit the lamp twice Monday night, so too did Edmonton’s Nail Yakupov, including a go-ahead goal with 4:46 remaining in regulation that appeared to be Yakupov’s namesake in the Jets’ coffin.

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Winnipeg Jets Deal Injured Forward Evander Kane to Buffalo Sabres

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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Boston Bruins goaltender Chad Johnson (30) stops Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane (9) in NHL action at the MTS Centre on Thursday, April 10, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG – Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff pulled off a blockbuster trade Wednesday in a bid to get his team to the playoffs for the first time since they moved to Winnipeg.

Controversial Jets forward Evander Kane is gone in the deal with the Sabres that also sent defenceman Zach Bogosian and goaltending prospect Jason Kasdorf to Buffalo for former NHL rookie of the year defenceman Tyler Myers, veteran winger Drew Stafford, prospects Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux and a 2015 first-round pick.

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