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Flames Burn Jets in Second Period Burst

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

 Ondrej Pavelec - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (31) stops Calgary Flames forward Brandon Bollig (25) in NHL action at MTS Centre on Sunday, October 19, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
Mason Raymond - Winnipeg Jets
Calgary Flames forward Mason Raymond (21) celebrates his goal against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — It only took seven minutes for the Calgary Flames to do the damage they needed to hand the struggling Winnipeg Jets a 4-1 loss — their fourth-consecutive — in front of a sold-out 15,016 at MTS Centre Sunday night.

In a span of just 6:42 in the second period, the Flames found the back of the net via Dennis Wideman, Johnny Gaudreau, and Mason Raymond to go up 3-1 and conclude their six-game, 11-day road drip on a high note. Raymond added two assists to complete his impressive outing.

The Jets, meanwhile, have now gone four games with only two goals to their name, with shutout losses at the hands of San Jose and Nashville, and 4-1 defeats to Los Angeles and now Calgary. The lack of any sustained scoring punch has Winnipeg at 1-4-0 and at the bottom of the Central Division standings.

“Everyone keeps saying it’s only October, but I mean we’re going to do everything we can to change this right away,” said Jets centreman Bryan Little, whose three tallies this season lead the goal-starved club. “We know that it’s never good losing four games in a row, and especially to start the season. I think if anything it’s just a confidence thing and a mental thing. The confidence is a little low right now.”

The home side came out of the gate strong outshooting the Flames 13-6 in a high pressure first period, heading into intermission leading 1-0 on a smooth three-way passing play originating from Mathieu Perreault behind the net that Blake Wheeler slid cross-crease to Mark Scheifele who buried his first of the year.

“They were on the body and we weren’t. That’s the main thing,” said Scheifele. “We needed to stick to the game plan we had in the first and we stray wed from that.”

“It definitely felt good to put one in,” added the 21-year-old sophomore of his first marker of the season. “But when the team doesn’t win it’s not a very good feeling, and I know everyone doesn’t want to lose.”

Calgary went ahead by three early in the third as TJ Brodie jumped on a dribbling rebound in front of Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec.

Pavelec stopped 25 while dropping his record to 1-3-0 on the season.

Winnipeg’s five-game home stand concludes with games against Carolina, Tampa Bay, and Colorado on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Goal-Starved Jets Shutout by Predators

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

Mark Stuart - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets’ defenceman Mart Stuart (5) attempts to stop a shot from former Jet and Nashville Predators’ centre Olli Jokinen at MTS Centre on Friday, October 17, 2014. (KELLY MORTON / CHRISD.CA)
Winnipeg Jets Home Opener
The Winnipeg Jets fell 2-0 to the Nashville Predators in their home opener at MTS Centre on Friday night. (KELLY MORTON / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets ran into one of the best goaltenders on Earth Friday night as they opened their regular season home schedule with a 2-0 loss at the hands of Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators.

Rinne’s 31 saves earned the perennial all-star his first shutout of the season while clogging up Winnipeg’s opportunity to snap a two-game slide and a serious scoring drought after opening their season with a 6-2 win in Glendale over the Arizona Coyotes. With just one goal scored in their subsequent losses in San Jose and Los Angeles, the 1-3-0 Jets have now gone nine periods with just the one marker for.

It begs the question; why has the offence dried up after a six-goal splurge to start the season eight days ago?

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Jets Douse Flames in Pre-Season Finale

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

TJ Galiardi - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets forward TJ Galiardi (21) takes the puck away from falling Calgary Flames defenceman Kris Russell (4) MTS Centre on Saturday, October 4, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
Andrew Ladd - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets forward Andrew Ladd (16) deflects the puck in NHL action at MTS Centre on Saturday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Three key pieces to the Winnipeg Jets’ puzzle each lit the lamp in the club’s pre-season finale Saturday night to douse the Calgary Flames 4-1 at MTS Centre.

“I think we simplified things and created some scoring chances,” said Evander Kane, whose quick give-and-go with newly-anointed linemate Mark Scheifele early in the third added the insurance to Jacob Trouba‘s game-winning point blast 4:30 into the second period. “We talked about it and we just wanted to simplify it and have more of a shoot-first mentality, especially at the start of the game and other things would open up as the game went on — that’s what happened.”

Calgary struck first midway through the opening frame as David Jones picked defenceman Grant Clitsome‘s pocket and caught a sleepy Ondrej Pavelec away from his post, making it 1-0 on an easy bury into the open cage.

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Jets End Losing Skid, Top Ottawa 2-1

Winnipeg Jets Report

By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

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Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane (9) tries to score on Ottawa Senators goalie Robin Lehner (40) in NHL action at MTS Centre on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
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Ottawa Senators forward Mika Zibanejad (93) jumps out of the way of Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) at MTS Centre on Tuesday. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets got a little from their young guns and a little from their old hats on Tuesday night in front of 14,560 fans at MTS Centre, as they ended a three-game losing skid to win a pre-season bout over the Ottawa Senators, 2-1.

For Winnipeg, the game-winner was provided by 18-year-old Nik Ehlers, who got his first pre-season goal at 6:22 in the second period, on the receiving end of a beautiful cycle from fellow young guns Matt Halischuk and Nicolas Petan.

“It felt pretty good. I got the puck, put it in, and I had no idea how to celebrate,” said Ehlers. “I was just standing there and I was happy to score. It was amazing.”

“Those (young players) put so much stock in their offence. Most of them post huge numbers heading in, so that’s how they view themselves as hockey players,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice.

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Jets Drop to Oilers in Second Exhibition Tilt

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

TJ Galiardi - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets forward TJ Galiardi (21) goes airborne in NHL action at MTS Centre against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.(SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
Michael Hutchinson - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson (34) makes a save against the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday night at MTS Centre. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Edmonton Oilers scored three goals in the final ten minutes of the second period to quickly erase an early Winnipeg lead to hand the Jets a 3-2 loss — their first of the preseason — in front of 14, 723 on Wednesday night at MTS Centre.

Sprung by a long stretch pass from Jets defenceman Will O’Neill late in the first, free agent acquisition TJ Galiardi walked in and buried it high past Oilers goaltending prospect Laurent Brossoit to make it 1-0.

“It was a great pass,” said Galiardi of his breakaway feed. “I came off the bench late and we made some nice eye contact there for a second and I was happy he got it to me. It was a pretty good ‘sauce’ so I was lucky I batted it down.”

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Jets Triumph 2-1 Over Wild in Pre-Season Opener

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

Dustin Byfuglien - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien (not pictured) scores on Minnesota Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (30) while Andrew Ladd (16) watches in NHL action at MTS Centre on Monday, September 22, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
Dustin Byfuglien - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien (33) celebrates his goal against the Minnesota Wild on Monday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets got their fourth season back in the Manitoba capital rolling Monday night with a 2-1 pre-season win over the Minnesota Wild in front of a somewhat spotty MTS Centre crowd.

As will likely be the case in all six of Winnipeg’s remaining exhibition games before the regular season begins on October 9 in Arizona, Monday’s matchup against a rookie-laden Wild roster was a chance to get a look at some of their own prospects working to make the big club, including Adam Lowry, Josh Morrissey, Nic Petan, Brendan Kitchton, and 2014 first-round draft pick Nik Ehlers.

“I had butterflies when I went on the ice,” said Ehlers of his first game in the pros. “When the crowd went crazy out there it was amazing. I think the game went pretty well. It’s the NHL — it’s different.”

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Jets Back in the City to Begin Training Camp

Evander Kane - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane (9) and Minnesota Wild defenceman Ryan Suter (20) battle for the puck at MTS Centre last April. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Winnipeg Jets LogoThe Winnipeg Jets are back in town and ready to hit the ice.

After a relaxing and fun-filled summer vacation for the team (if social media is any indication), the Jets will get back to the grind when training camp opens on Thursday.

The Jets will begin with medicals and physicals at MTS Centre before splitting their time between the arena and MTS Iceplex for on-ice sessions. Training sessions at the Iceplex are the only time when the public is allowed to observe from the stands.

Winnipeg will kick off the pre-season against the Minnesota Wild on Monday September 22 at MTS Centre at 7 p.m. CT.

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Jets to Hold Inaugural ‘Fan Fest’ at MTS Iceplex

Winnipeg Jets LogoWith the countdown to the 2014-15 NHL season ticking away, the Winnipeg Jets want to get fans ready with an inaugural Fan Fest.

The hockey club will host the outdoor event on Saturday, September 20 at MTS Iceplex.

The event includes access to Jets training camp sessions, live player and management interviews as well as a range of interactive games and activities. The first 5,000 fans on site will receive a free complimentary lunch.

In addition, the first 3,000 fans will have the opportunity to watch one of four Winnipeg Jets training camp sessions beginning at 9 a.m. with additional ice times commencing at 9:50 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 12:50 p.m. Admission to these sessions is limited to available seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans that do not get into one session will be able to line up for the ensuing one.

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Three Manitoba Communities to See Live NHL Broadcasts

Rogers Hometown HockeyHockey fans across Canada will get to experience hometown celebrations as Rogers tours 25 communities each week during the 2014/15 NHL season.

The inaugural Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour will visit three Manitoban communities, including Selkirk, Brandon and Thompson. Hockey commentator Ron MacLean will be at each of the stops, which bring free outdoor hockey festivities for all ages, culminating in an outdoor viewing party of an NHL game broadcast every Sunday. MacLean will host live onsite from the Sportsnet Mobile Studio.

“The passion for hockey in this country is unrivaled. Every Canadian has a connection to the game — it is part of our DNA, it is part of our communities,” said MacLean. “We’re excited to share in this season-long celebration of Canada’s favourite pastime, help grow the game and bring to life those great hockey stories every Sunday.”

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