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Jets' Patrik Laine: Doubtful for Thursday
Laine (upper body) was labeled "doubtful" for Thursday's game against Ottawa by coach Paul Maurice on Wednesday, Brent Wallace of TSN Ottawa reports.
Laine appears to be headed for a third consecutive absence. The Jets managed to pull out a 4-3 overtime win in Ottawa without the sniper Tuesday, balancing the lines by moving Nikolaj Ehlers down from the first line into Laine's usual spot on the second while promoting Andrew Copp to the first-line role vacated by Ehlers. The team will likely stick with that alignment again Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Jets' David Gustafsson: Dropped to AHL level
Gustafsson was reassigned from Winnipeg's taxi squad to AHL Manitoba on Wednesday.
The 20-year-old center will get a chance to work on his game in the minor leagues rather than sticking around as emergency depth for the big club. Gustafsson sported a non-contact jersey in practice earlier this month but he has since shaken off whatever injury had been bothering him.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Kristian Vesalainen: Placed back on taxi squad
Vesalainen was assigned to Winnipeg's taxi squad Wednesday.
Vesalainen doesn't need to clear waivers, so he'll likely continue to bounce up and down between the main roster and taxi squad unless injuries pave the way for him to take a consistent spot in the lineup. He played five NHL games in 2018-19, but Vesalainen hasn't made an appearance at the top level since.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Ville Heinola: Dropped to taxi squad
Heinola was assigned to Winnipeg's taxi squad Wednesday.
Heinola has bounced between the taxi squad and main roster in the early going, and that could continue to be the case moving forward since the youngster doesn't need to clear waivers. Winnipeg's 2019 first-round pick showed promise with five points in eight games last season, but he's yet to dress for the Jets in 2020-21.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Mark Scheifele: Dishes two helpers in OT win
Scheifele picked up two assists, one on the power play, in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Senators.
The 27-year-old is off to a strong start to the campaign with a goal and three points through three games. Scheifele has maintained at least a point-a-game pace in four straight seasons, and there's no reason to think he's going to slow down in 2020-21.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Blake Wheeler: Two-point night Tuesday
Wheeler scored an even-strength goal and added a power-play assist in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Senators.
His first goal of the season was a big one, coming with 1:17 left in the third period to tie the score at 3-3 and set the stage for Nikolaj Ehlers' OT heroics. Wheeler now has three points through three games to begin the season, as he looks to regain the point-a-game pace he didn't quite reach in 2019-20 following back-to-back 91-point campaigns.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Laurent Brossoit: Gets OT win in first start
Brossoit made 38 saves in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Senators.
Making his first start of the season, Brossoit gave up two goals before the 11-minute mark of the first period but was able to regain his focus and stand tall the rest of the way to give the Jets a chance to come back. Connor Hellebuyck remains locked into the No. 1 spot in net, but Brossoit should see more consistent work than he did last year due to all the back-to-backs on the condensed schedule, including another one this weekend as Winnipeg hosts Ottawa and Edmonton on Saturday and Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Laurent Brossoit: Gets starting nod Tuesday
Brossoit will be between the pipes versus Ottawa on the road Tuesday, Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Brossoit will make his season debut taking the second game of the team's back-to-back. With Vezina Trophy winner Connor Hellebuyck in front of him on the depth chart, the 27-year-old Brossoit shouldn't expect to see too many starts outside of back-to-backs this year.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Patrik Laine: Sidelined Tuesday
Laine (upper body) will miss Tuesday's clash with Ottawa, Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
It will be the second straight game on the shelf for Laine as he continues to deal with an upper-body injury. In the season-opener, the 22-year-old winger was nearly unstoppable with two goals on three shots and one helper. Once given the all-clear, the Finn should be a lock to resume his spot in the top six. In the meantime, Mathieu Perreault figures to continue featuring on the second line.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Kyle Connor: Lights lamp in loss to Leafs
Connor scored his second goal of the season in Monday's 3-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.
He wired the puck from the high slot past Frederik Andersen late in the second period to bring the Jets within a goal, but they weren't able to find an equalizer. Connor has put together three straight 30-goal campaigns -- including last year's career-high 38 -- and even in a truncated 2020-21 season, the 24-year-old can't be ruled out from extending his streak. Connor's off to a flying start with two goals and four points through Winnipeg's first two games.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Connor Hellebuyck: Gets little help against Leafs
Hellebuyck stopped 35 of 37 shots in Monday's 3-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.
The Leafs' final goal was scored into an empty net. Hellebuyck did everything he could to keep the Jets in the game, but he didn't get enough offensive support to steal a win in Toronto. The 27-year-old has a strong .921 save percentage through his first two starts this season, but he'll likely get a breather in favor of Laurent Brossoit on Tuesday in Ottawa.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Kristian Vesalainen: Promoted to active roster
Vesalainen was called up from the taxi squad Monday.
Vesalainen wasn't active for Thursday's game against Calgary, and he could serve as an extra body again Monday against the Maple Leafs. The 21-year-old winger had 30 points in 60 AHL games last season but didn't appear in an NHL contest.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Ville Heinola: Ascends from taxi squad
Heinola was recalled from the taxi squad Monday.
Heinola was impressive as a rookie last season, posting five points and a plus-3 rating over eight games. The 19-year-old will add depth on the blue line because both Dylan DeMelo (personal) and Tucker Poolman (COVID-19 protocol) won't travel with the team on its three-game road trip.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Connor Hellebuyck: Gets nod in Toronto
Hellebuyck is expected to man the crease for Monday's trip to Toronto, Ken Wiebe of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Winnipeg has been idle since nabbing a 4-3 overtime win over Calgary to open the season last Thursday, but Hellebuyck will finally have an opportunity to make his second appearance of the season. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner will need to be in his usual sharp form against a high-powered Maple Leafs offense that has produced 11 goals through three games.... See More ... See Less
Jets' Jansen Harkins: In Monday's lineup
Harkins (undisclosed) will play Monday in Toronto, Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Harkins will join the lineup just as Patrik Laine (upper body) exits it. This will mark Harkins' first action of the season after he chipped in two goals and five assists over 29 appearances as a rookie in 2019-20.... See More ... See Less
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