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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.