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Jets Journal: Game Day

Jets ready for their first game against San Jose

Monday, 12.09.2011 / 3:12 PM / Team
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Jets Journal: Game Day
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
 
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The Jets touched down in Kelowna, BC, late Sunday night, not to mention, the two hour time difference into the Pacific time zone.

With the tournament already two games in, the Jets must quickly pull themselves together, get on the ice to prepare for their first game Monday night against the San Jose Sharks. Game time is set to go at 9:30 CST.

The Jets arrived at the South Okanagan Events Centre for their pre-game skate at 10:30am. The players looked alive and ready to rock despite their late arrival Sunday. The team ran line combinations, drills and worked on individual skills.

"They've had a couple tough days, first with their physicals and testing and everything involved, two practices and then here on the ice," said Head Coach of the Saint John's IceCaps Keith McCambridge. "A short time to come together as a group and to get what we need out of them as individuals."

"It's a chance for us to evaluate, to see what we have in the system depth-wise and see what these guys can do and see how that roles into main camp." he said.

The Jets line combinations saw Mark Scheifele paired with Carl Klingberg and Winnipeg native Jason Gregoire on the top line.

"I'm with Carls and Gregs out there. They are good players, they work hard, battle hard and are very skilled," said Scheifele. "I think we're going to play a very good game. We've had some chemisty over the last few days so I think it'll be a good game."

Chemistry is arguably a tough thing to come by in a short period of time. The young Scheifele would disagree.

"I think you can, you just have to talk to each other," he commented on finding chemistry. "We are all smart hockey players so we are able to read each other on the ice and off the ice so that helps. Just talking to each other at all times to find that chemistry."

Other lines saw Russian Ivan Telegin, Shayne Wiebe and Eric O'Dell up front on the second line.
Levko Koper, Michael Kirkpatrick and Klarc Wilson on another line and Adam Lowry was teamed up with John Albert and Austen Brassard.

A YOUNG GROUP

The Winnipeg Young Stars roster on paper appears to be the youngest of the five NHL teams at the tournament. In fact, only Swedish winger Carl Klingberg has played at the professional level having played in eight AHL games with the Chicago Wolves and one NHL game with the Atlanta Thrashers last season.

"We have a young group," said McCambridge. "Looking at the other rosters from the other teams who are here, they have some AHL experience. The amount we have is one with nine games and the rest are guys coming out of college and junior. They are going to be excited, as other teams are, but we just want to make sure they go out and play to their strengths. Play to the reason why they are here in this tournament, why they are with the Jets right now and don't change their game."

Excited is putting things lightly. The Jets were grinning from ear to ear in anticipation for tonight's match-up against the Sharks. They can hardly wait to don the Jets logo for the very first time this season.

"It's a great honor to be the first ones to wear the logo for a game," said Scheifele. "All the guys are excited and obviously a bit nervous because it's the first game and the first game with the logo. I think there are a lot of nerves going in but there is a lot of excitement too so I think we're all going to be ready."

Author: Kristi Hennessy | winnipegjets.com

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 64 22 30 14 52
B. Little 64 24 27 11 51
B. Wheeler 62 17 29 14 46
D. Byfuglien 64 15 27 8 42
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 64 10 26 3 36
M. Frolik 64 13 20 4 33
D. Stafford 58 11 17 -19 28
J. Tlusty 54 13 11 -18 24
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 19 7 5 .919 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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