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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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 COL 62 27 24 11 166 179 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Little 63 24 26 9 50
A. Ladd 63 20 30 12 50
B. Wheeler 61 16 28 12 44
D. Byfuglien 63 15 26 6 41
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 63 10 25 4 35
M. Frolik 63 13 19 3 32
D. Stafford 57 10 17 -18 27
J. Tlusty 53 13 10 -17 23
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 18 7 5 .920 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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