Eller Scores Four... Who? What?

Nation World HQ
January 04 2012 10:44PM


Claude Noel refused to blame his goaltender or the fact his team doesn't play very well on the road. Instead, the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets simply said his defense was shaky and his team "didn't check very well."

Well, that's certainly one way to look at it.

Wednesday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Lars Eller (that's right, Lars Eller) scored four goals including one on a penalty shot and dished out an assist as the Montreal Canadiens scored four times in the third period and whipped Noel's Jets 7-3. Eller had four goals going in and he doubled that output against the Jets. Ouch.

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Vintage Flame
January 03 2012 12:46PM


For the sixth time in the last eight years Canada will face off against the Russians in the medal round of the World Junior Championship. Canada is 15-11-2 vs. Russia/USSR going back to 1982 (the first year for the Canadian National Junior Team) but the only thing that matters right now avenging a 5-3 loss to the Ruskies from one year ago.

The Russians squeaked into this one with a 2-1 OT win over the Czech’s while Canada won Group B, and had the quarterfinal bye. Game time is 8:30 pm EST / 6:30 MST

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Nation Radio - December 31, 2011

January 03 2012 10:09AM



We close out the holiday season with an extended visit from Nation writer and all around swell chap Jonathan Willis.

Lowetide also adds his own thoughts to the mix on where the Oilers may be headed and we make a short stop in Winnipeg to see how the fans are enjoying the suddenly red hot Jets.

This is Nation Radio.

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Better Know a Prospect – Carl Klingberg

Dean Belanger
January 02 2012 06:36PM


Carl Klingberg is a load – 6’3” 205 and only 20 years old. Scouts love numbers like that when you combine them with skill. Factor in that he has 21 points in 24 games in the AHL so far this season and now you have something to work with. Fortunately for Winnipeg they already have Blake Wheeler on the pro roster so they can move slow with Klingberg which is good news considering the numbers he posted in his recent call up. That being said this is Klingberg’s first pro season in North America after last season abbreviated run with Chicago in the AHL for only 8 games and making his NHL debut in what would be the Thrashers last ever game vs. Pittsburgh on April 10, 2011.

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Should the Jets Try to Trade Big Buff?

Nation World HQ
January 02 2012 01:41PM

Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel calls Dustin Byfuglien "a special player."

Noel is not incorrect. As a hockey star, Byfuglien is a different breed of cat. For one thing, he's 6-foot-5, 265 pounds and even in a league that is getting bigger with every draft, Byfuglien is still a very large human. For another, he has a monster shot that makes him a threat from the point and an awesome offensive weapon around the net. 

He's also won a Stanley Cup championship, played in an all-star game and battled for the NHL's scoring lead among defensemen. He has everything that makes a great player -- size, speed, skill and experience.

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