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Morning Report: Ducks Host Jets for the First Time Since '96

Tuesday, 01.21.2014 / 12:35 PM PT / News
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Morning Report: Ducks Host Jets for the First Time Since \'96
By Kyle Shohara

Fans of the original Jets team will be in for a treat tonight as the Ducks host Winnipeg for the first time in 17 years (7 p.m. PT, Prime Ticket, AM 830). The last time a Winnipeg team visited Honda Center was Apr. 14, 1996 when the Ducks skated to a 5-2 victory over the Jets. In that contest, Paul Kariya led all players with two goals and teammate Roman Oksiuta had a three-point night (1g/2a).

Also in that game was Teemu Selanne, who earned an assist as a member of the then-Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Originally drafted by Winnipeg in the first round (10th overall) of the 1988 NHL Draft, Selanne has faced his former team twice over the past three seasons, both in Winnipeg, where fans cheered every time he touched the puck. Both were highly emotional games for the 43-year-old, who says he’s excited to face the Jets on home ice.

“I haven’t really played against them here, so it’s going to be a neat experience again,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of respect for their players and the organization. It’s fun.”

Although Selanne hasn’t played for the Jets since the 1995-96 season, he holds the city of Winnipeg and its fans close to his heart.

“That place is very special for me,” he said. “I had great times and great memories there.”

The Jets played their last game on Apr. 28, 1996 before relocating to Arizona where they became the Phoenix Coyotes. It wasn’t until May 2011 when True North Sports and Entertainment announced it had signed an agreement in principal to purchase the Atlanta Thrashers. The Thrashers relocated soon after and played their first regular season game on Oct. 9, 2011 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg.

“I’m so happy the city has a team again,” Selanne said. “They really deserved that. It’s a good thing.”

Earlier today the Ducks announced they had reassigned defenseman Sami Vatanen to Norfolk of the American Hockey League. Because Vatanen’s on a two-way contract, he doesn’t need to clear waivers to be sent down to make room for fellow blueliner Luca Sbisa.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau says that’s the only move that can be made under these circumstances. “Sami’s played really well for us,” he said. “But the CBA [Collective Bargaining Agreement] allows you to send guys down who don’t have to clear waivers. He’s the odd man out right now. But he did a great job and I’m sure, at some point, he’ll be back.”

Since Paul Maurice took over head-coaching duties on Jan. 12, the Jets have won three consecutive games after losing five in a row. Despite their recent success, the Jets are still last in the Central Division and 12th in the Western Conference. But the Ducks know they’ll be facing an energetic and confident team tonight.

“They’re going to be excited,” said Nick Bonino. “You look at their team, and they’re pretty solid through all four lines, defense and in net. With us and our winning streak, it’ll make them play a little harder.”

Mathieu Perreault says being the No. 1 team in the NHL gives opponents more motivation. “We know they have a good team that can really skate,” he said. “We’re going to have to be ready for them. We can’t take anybody lightly. Right now we’re first in the league, so everybody is coming after us. We have to be ready.”

Anaheim hosts the Winnipeg Jets for the first time since the franchise moved from Atlanta prior to the 2011-12 NHL season. The Ducks are 8-6-1 all-time vs. the Jets/Thrashers franchise, including a 3-3-1 mark at Honda Center. Tonight is the second of a three-game season series between Anaheim and Winnipeg. The series opened on Oct. 6 in Winnipeg, a 3-2 Ducks win. These two teams meet again Mar. 31 in Anaheim.




1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70


R. Getzlaf 77 13 50 14 63
C. Perry 82 34 28 2 62
R. Kesler 79 21 32 5 53
R. Rakell 72 20 23 -1 43
J. Silfverberg 82 20 19 8 39
S. Vatanen 71 9 29 8 38
A. Cogliano 82 9 23 2 32
H. Lindholm 80 10 18 7 28
C. Fowler 69 5 23 -8 28
C. Stewart 56 8 12 2 20
F. Andersen 22 9 7 .919 2.30
J. Gibson 21 13 4 .920 2.07

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