The Winnipeg Jets spent Wednesday preparing for the arrival of the New Jersey Devils to MTS Centre; Winnipegger Frazer McLaren scored his second goal of the NHL season but his Leafs were whipped by the Canadiens; Landon Noel had a great game in net to lead Swan Valley past Neepawa; Braden Purtill led the Thrashers past Southwest; and the Brandon Wheat Kings lost again at home, this time to Swift Current. It was a busy Wednesday night in Manitoba hockey.
Let’s start with last night’s games in the National Hockey League…
Evander Kane will try to extend his points streak to nine games tonight as the Winnipeg Jets return home to play the New Jersey Devils at MTS Centre, 7 p.m. on TSN Jets TV. The Jets are coming off a road trip in which they won four of five games. However, the Jets aren’t playing well at home. They’ve lost four straight at MTS Centre. The Jets will play again on Saturday at home against Washington and then head back out on the road for four more games. Yesterday, the Jets recalled Winnipeg defenseman Derek Meech from the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps; backup goalie Al Montoya will be back in the Jets lineup tonight; and Anti Miettinen is skating again but is still day-to-day.
There were four games in the NHL last night:
Montreal 5 Toronto 2
Max Pacioretty scored twice for Montreal. Winnipeg’s Frazer McLaren scored his second of the year for Toronto.
Philadelphia 4 Washington 1
Yesterday, the Philadelphia Flyers re-acquired veteran forward Simon Gagne from the Los Angeles Kings. Last night, Gagne scored his first goal of the season in Philly’s win. Claude Giroux led the Flyers with a goal and an assist.
Anaheim 5 Nashville 1
Kyle Palmieri had a hat-trick and Ryan Getzlaff and Corey Perry each had three assists to lead Anaheim.
Los Angeles 2 Detroit 1
The Kings Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist and Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves to get the win.
There was one game in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League last night: Landon Noel made 34 saves to get the shutout as the Swan Valley Stampeders beat the Neepawa Natives 3-0. There are two games tonight: Selkirk is at Portage and OCN plays at Waywayseecappo.
BRANDON WHEAT KINGS
The Brandon Wheat Kings fell to 21-36-4-2 last night, losing 3-2 in overtime to the Swift Current Broncos play at Westman Place. The Wheaties play again tomorrow night in Saskatoon.
MANITOBA TRIPLE A MIDGET LEAGUE
There was one game in the Manitoba Triple A Midget Hockey League playoffs last night: Braden Purtill had two goals and an assist as the Winnipeg Thrashers ripped the Southwest Cougars 7-3 to win the series 3-0. No games tonight but two tomorrow: Yellowhead is at Pembina Valley in Morden while Brandon plays at Kenora.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
There were no games in the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League last night, but there is one today: Transcona plays at St. Vital.
KEYSTONE JUNIOR B HOCKEY
There were no games in the Keystone Jr. B Hockey League playoffs last night: The schedule for the semifinals is set. One series will start this Friday as Selkirk opens in Arborg. Then on Sunday, St. Malo is at Peguis.