September 29 2016 11:56PM
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Nobody expected Team Europe to get as far as they did. Pockets of players had played together before, on their own international teams, on professional teams, but there was never much of a chemistry building period for this group. That didn't matter, though, as they took a shorter warm-up camp than most, with a rougher start than all, and turned it into a Cinderella run all the way to the World Cup of Hockey Final.
There wasn't much of a shot given to them there, either. Nobody thought they stood a chance against Canada, the odds-on favourite from start to finish. To the surprise of many, they put up a very good fight. Ultimately, though, the Red and White hockey giant proved just too powerful to break through, even for a game.
September 29 2016 09:15PM
Preseason hockey usually isn't about wins and losses. For the most part, the preseason is about evaluating young talent and making sure the veterans don't get hurt. A win is a nice bonus. The Winnipeg Jets did get their first win of the preseason, a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.
September 29 2016 08:47PM
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Well, that does it. With another commanding win over Team Europe, the Canadians have flexed their muscles again and won the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, sweeping the final series in two games.
I actually wrote this post seven hours before puck drop and scheduled it to publish at the approximate time that the game will end (and, uhh, accidentally published at one point, meaning you might be having some deja vu), so there aren't any details of what actually happened in tonight's game in this post yet (check back soon), but based on how the rest of the tournament has gone, I will guess the following has happened:
September 29 2016 01:06PM
The Winnipeg Jets will face off against divisional rival, the Minnesota Wild in their second preseason tilt. Puck drop is slated for 7pm ET and you can catch the game on TSN3 or TSN Radio. The game will signify a little bit of history for Jets fans as they will get to see their first glimpse of 2015 first round draft pick Kyle Connor wearing a Jets sweater.
September 29 2016 12:00PM
This preseason we will be previewing each of the Jets' competitors in the Central Division. Today we'll cover the Minnesota Wild ahead of their preseason matchup at the MTS Centre tonight.
The Minnesota Wild should be one of the most compelling teams in hockey this season. Not compelling in a "great players/exciting style/winning lots of games" sort of way; the Wild are going to be interesting in an academic sense, an experiment as to how much of an impact NHL coaches can make.
This is a team that has, for years, been just a hair better than average. Their past three seasons have resulted in one first-round exit and two second round defeats. Their best players -- Ryan Suter, Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu -- are all over 30, and their only significant on-ice addition this summer was in adding 31-year-old Eric Staal.
But the Wild had a job opening at exactly the right time, and so just over a week after being fired by the Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota were able to lock down one of the best hockey coaches in the world to a four-year contract. The roster has hardly changed -- good but not great, sure to contend for the playoffs but no guarantee to make it there -- but the man behind the bench has. And with the Stars, Blues, Blackhawks and Predators entrenched at the top of the division, the Jets' road back to the playoffs this season goes through Minnesota.