It took three days, a torrent of public criticism on social media and a fundraising campaign by an embarrassed fan, but the Winnipeg Jets are finally doing the right thing. Perhaps being linked to Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk was what finally pushed the Jets to reach the land of common sense. On Thursday when the […]
True North Sports + Entertainment is doubling down on its decision to shun its casual and part-time employees.
In a letter obtained by the Winnipeg Sun and sent to the company’s 1,050 casual and part-time staff on Saturday, TNSE reaffirmed its position on not paying its staff for the remaining four NHL games plus affected dates for the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose, as well as other events such as concerts that have been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The letter, signed by TNSE president and chief operating officer John Olfert, states that “for approximately 97% (of the 1,050 casual and part-time employees who worth at True North venues), income from True North is not their primary source of income.
“For this group, True North shared that the principle of paying employees when shifts are worked will remain,” the letter read.
The letter said for the other 3% of employees who count on the income for their livelihood, “other arrangements have and are being explored.”
The letter does not mention how TNSE arrived at the numbers it did.
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MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus WINNIPEG
34-19-1-8 (62 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:
17-9-1-3 (30 Games)
MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus WINNIPEG
Jason Spezza (49), Tyson Barrie (28), John Tavares (27)
Jason Spezza (15), John Tavares (9), William Nylander (5)
Jason Spezza (36), John Tavares (21), Tyson Barrie (12)
Jason Spezza (51), John Tavares (30), Tyson Barrie (14)
John Tavares (23), Jason Spezza (20), Tyson Barrie (13)
MAPLE LEAFS – JETS TEAM STATS
GOALS FOR (Rank):
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):
29/119 [24.4%] (t-5th)
26/128 [20.3%] (13th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):
97/128 [75.7%] (26th)
78/108 [72.2%] (31st)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):
FACEOFF % (Rank):
MAPLE LEAFS – JETS NOTES
FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:
October 27, 1999 (Toronto 4, Atlanta 0)
34-19-1-8 (62 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:
17-9-1-3 (30 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:
17-10-0-5 (32 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT AT HOME:
October 27, 2018 (Toronto 3, Winnipeg 2)
MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. JETS
First NHL point (Assist) (January 2, 2020 at WPG)
200th NHL game (March 30, 2016 (OTT) at WPG)
First NHL game (April 7, 2014 (WPG) vs. MIN) Appeared in 102 Games for WPG from 2014-18 with a record of 43-39-11
First NHL game (January 2, 2020 at WPG)
100th NHL game (December 2, 2015 at WPG)
100th NHL assist (January 14, 2017 (LAK) vs. WPG)
200th NHL point (Goal) (January 2, 2020 at WPG)
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
POWER PLAY POINTS
2 (Engvall, Kapanen)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %
TOI PER GAME
PP TOI PER GAME
SH TOI PER GAME
MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES
– Is 9-4-4 at home this season with a 3.11 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage. – Has made 11 career appearances against the Jets and is 9-0-1 with a 2.84 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.- Leads the NHL in wins (21).- Second in the NHL in saves (977) and second in even-strength saves (825).- Eighth in the NHL in shootout saves (11).
– Has four multi-assist games, which is tied for 11th-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for 10th among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (7) – One of 19 NHL defencemen to have recorded at least 100 shots on goal (117).- Tied for 15th among NHL defencemen (1-10-11) in scoring since December 1.
– 12th among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (133:24).- Has played 62.0 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time, which is tied for the 12th-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.
– First among NHL rookies who have appeared in at least 20 games in goals per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (1.31).- Averages 4.4 shots on goal per 60 minutes of ice time while shorthanded.
– Has started 43.5 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest mark among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Has an unblocked shot attempt percentage of 52.4 percent at 5-on-5, which is the third-highest percentage among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Has a 5-on-5 on-ice goals-for percentage of 57.3 percent, which is the third-highest percentage among Maple Leafs defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.
– Appeared in 102 games for the Jets from 2014-18, posting a 43-39-11 record with a 2.65 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.
– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 53.4 percent, which is eighth among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 55.2 percent at 5-on-5, which is tied for seventh among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games. – Averaging 15:19 per game in 5-on-5 ice time, which ranks seventh among Maple Leafs.
– Tied for third among Maple Leafs in points (2-5-7; 6 GP) since the Christmas break.- Has scored 10 goals this season, which is tied for ninth most among NHLers with no power play goals.- Sixth among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (8-13-21).
– Tied for seventh among Maple Leafs in even-strength goals (6). – Ninth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (6-8-14).- Only Toronto forward to have recorded at least 25 hits (34) and 25 blocked shots (26) this season.
– Averaging 1.24 points per game, which is the 11th-highest average among NHLers who have played in at least 30 games.- Averaging 1.26 primary assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is tied for sixth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Tied for 13th in the NHL in primary assists (18). His 18 primary assists are tied for the most among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 40 games.- Second in the NHL in takeaways (50).- 13th among NHL forwards in shifts per game (25.1).
– Second among NHL skaters in goals (29).- First NHLer to score 20 even-strength goals this season. Currently leads the League with 21 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (19).- Leads the NHL in multi-goal games (7).- Tied for 10th among NHL skaters in even-strength points (21-15-36).- Tied for fifth in the NHL with 161 shots on goal.
– Averages 1.22 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks second among Toronto skaters and is tied for 23rd among NHL skaters.- One of nine NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:30) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.2 (1.22).- Has eight points (5-3-8) in five career games against the Jets.
– Tied for 15th among NHL defencemen in even-strength points (3-15-18).- Tied for sixth among NHL defencemen in assists recorded at 5-on-5 (14).- Tied for 13th among NHL skaters in TOI per game (24:19).- Tied for 11th among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.3).- Averaging 13.9 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks ninth among NHL defencemen who have appeared in at least 30 games.
– Has eight points (3-5-8) in 14 games against Western Conference opponents.- Averaging 2.39 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the third-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 10 games.- Averaging 1.39 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks third among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 10 games.
– Tied for 17th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (12).- Tied for 24th among NHLers in even-strength goals (13). His 13 even-strength goals are tied for fourth among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 40 games.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.6 percent, which is 18th among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 17.61 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the third-highest average among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 9.16 shots on goal at 5-on-5 per 60 minutes of ice time, which is 10th among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
Has goals (3) and points (3-1-4) in three consecutive games.
Has assists (2) in two consecutive games.
Has assists (4) and points (1-4-5) in three consecutive games.
Has assists (3) in two consecutive games and points (1-5-6) in five consecutive games.
Has goals (2) in two consecutive games and points (5-4-9) in five consecutive games.
Four games from 200 NHL games
Three games from 1,100 NHL games
First NHL point (Assist) (Jan. 2 at WPG)
First NHL game (Jan. 2 at WPG)
First NHL point (Jan. 6 vs. EDM)
200th NHL point (Goal) (Jan. 2 at WPG)
Andreas Johnsson (Leg)
On injured reserve.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)
On injured reserve.
Trevor Moore (Concussion)
On injured reserve.
Jake Muzzin (Foot)
Is week-to-week with a broken foot sustained on December 27 at New Jersey.
Man Games Lost: 100
Loaned defenceman Teemu Kivihalme to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Recalled forward Mason Marchment from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Information from Toronto Maple Leafs
The Winnipeg Jets make their lone trip to Scotiabank Arena this season tonight to face the Toronto Maple Leafs…The Jets are 1-0-1 during the trip after beating the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Monday night…Winnipeg finishes the trip tomorrow against the Boston Bruins in the Jets second game in as many nights. Last Game Jan. 6 at MTL – 3-2 W Jets Scorers: Morrissey (4), Ehlers (17), Copp (6) Canadiens Scorers: Chiarot (6, 7) Jets Goaltender: Connor Hellebuyck (29 sv, 2 ga) Canadiens Goaltender: Carey Price (24 sv, 3 ga) Jets PP: 0-for-1 Jets PK: 2-for-2 Recap: Nikolaj Ehlers (1G, 1A) and Blake Wheeler (2A) each had two points to lead the Jets to a 3-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night…Andrew Copp scored the game-winning goal for the Jets in the third period…Connor Hellebuyck stopped 29 shots to earn the victory. Three Stars: 1. Ehlers 2. Chiarot 3. Kovalchuk
Next Five Games On the Road
Winnipeg is 13-7-2 on the road this season…The Jets are 2-0-1 in their past three road games…Winnipeg’s 28 points earned in road games is tied for fifth in the NHL…The Jets are in a stretch of seven of 10 games on the road…Winnipeg hasn’t lost consecutive games in regulation on the road this season…Mark Scheifele leads the Jets in scoring on the road with 26 points (9G, 17A) in 22 games, while Nikolaj Ehlers has a team best 12 goals.
The Jets play three games in four nights this week…It’s the first of two times they play three games in four nights before the allstar/player break later this month…The Jets play 11 games in 21 days from Jan. 2-22 leading up to the eight-day all-star/player break. Back to Narrow Margins Monday’s win was Winnipeg’s 13th victory by one goal this season, which ranks third in the NHL…Winnipeg’s previous four wins were by three goals or more.
Back-2-Back The Jets have 10 back-to-back sets this season, the fifth of which is this week…The Jets are 3-1-0 in the first and 2-2-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season…Three of the five wins have come in overtime or a shootout…Winnipeg went 6-3-0 in the first game and 5-4-0 in the second game of back-to-backs last season.
The NHL announced on Monday that Jets forward Mark Scheifele is the Second Star of the Week for the week ending Jan. 5/20…Scheifele opened the week with a four-point (1G, 3A) effort in Winnipeg’s 7-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday…On Thursday, the Jets assistant captain scored and added an assist in the Jets’ 6-3 setback to the Toronto Maple Leafs… Saturday, Scheifele recorded two points (1G, 1A) in Winnipeg’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild…The Kitchener, Ont. native shared the NHL lead with eight points (3G, 5A) this week.
Date Time (Local) Opponent Venue TV Radio Jan. 9 7:00 p.m. At Boston TD Garden TSN3 TSN 1290 Jan. 12 1:00 p.m. Nashville Bell MTS Place TSN3 TSN 1290 Jan. 14 7:00 p.m. Vancouver Bell MTS Place TSN3 TSN 1290 Jan. 16 7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Bell MTS Place TSN3 TSN 1290 Jan. 19 6:00 p.m. At Chicago United Center Sportsnet TSN 1290 • • • Multi-Point Record
Blake Wheeler tallied two assists on Monday for his 156 th multi-point game with the Jets franchise, which moves him past Ilya Kovalchuk for the franchise record…Wheeler has 13 multi-point games this season, which has him tied for the team lead with Mark Scheifele…Wheeler has seven multi-point games in his past 13 games.
Andrew Copp scored his second game winning goal of the season on Monday, which matches the career high two game-winning goals he had last season…He’s the fourth member of the Jets to score multiple game-winning goals this season…Winnipeg’s past four game-winning goals have been scored by different players.
Yeah, I think that’s part of it. Obviously, it wasn’t a good second period at all. The back half of the first period wasn’t very good either. We were very opportunistic here. It started with a great start. We get up 2-0 — it could have been four or five there with a little more luck around the net — but they had their push. We didn’t seem to have very good legs in that second period at all, but we took advantage of the chances when we got there to give ourselves a lead and then our third period was our best period. We had to take care of that lead and I thought did a really good job.
On Nylander’s recent play:
He just looks really confident and he’s feeling it. His linemates have been good around him and he’s been making plays to them and they’ve been making plays to him. He’s putting himself in good spots. He’s feeling it and he’s making good on his chances. It’s been fun to watch him here.
On if he’s ever seen Nylander lack confidence:
No, not in himself, but it’s one thing to have confidence in yourself off the ice and you’re feeling good off the ice. Then the game starts and it’s just not really happening for you, you’re not really overly involved in the game and that in itself can make you lose confidence. He just hasn’t had any lulls in his game. That’s been the nicest thing to see is he’s just been on it every shift and it’s not just the offensive pieces, it’s winning puck battles and coming up with loose pucks all over the ice and keeping himself on offence and putting his linemates in good spots. Obviously, the chemistry with John has been very good there with him as well and Kerfoot also has played outstanding too.
On what about the team allows them to rally when things look like they’re turning for the opposition:
I don’t know what to say about it. It was a game — like I said, it looked like we just didn’t have any legs. Like maybe New Year’s got the best of us. Then we got a push. I thought Travis Dermott made a game changing play for us coming through the neutral zone. That got us going again and we got out of that second period. We just talked to our guys after the second saying we’re in a really good spot here, let’s clean ourselves off and go out here and take care of this third period and I thought we did that. All four lines and all six D contributed, Freddie was solid in net in that third and we get out of here with another two points.
FREDERIK ANDERSEN (45 SHOTS)
On the team getting off to a good start tonight:
I thought we were better in the third, actually. I thought we really pulled together there and made it hard on them. Especially because they were obviously trying to come back in the game with them being down. So, I thought we did a really good job in the third. Again, we were really sharp early on and obviously made really good defensive plays. Obviously, it was a lot of shots but not a lot of danger, I think.
On his teammates helping him see most of Winnipeg’s shots on goal:
They’re one of those teams that likes to get a lot of shots on net and see what happens on the rebounds, but I thought we did a good job today.
MITCH MARNER (1 GOAL)
On what changed from the second to third period in tonight’s game:
I thought we were giving them too much time and space — especially their big guys — giving them too much time and space through the neutral zone, making plays. When our game is going well, we’re limiting those chances through odd-man rushes, we’re getting back, we’re helping out our D. I think we did that better in the second half. We got results from it. In the third, I think our thirds have been pretty good here in these recent games. I think we’re not sitting back; we just keep the pedal down. We keep pushing it’s something we’ve got to keep doing.
On Nylander’s recent play:
He’s finding open spots; the puck is coming to him and he’s not missing. So that’s big for our team, it helps us a lot. He’s a big part of this team. So it’s good for everyone.
WILLIAM NYLANDER (2 GOALS, 1 ASSIST; 200th NHL POINT)
On his two goals tonight:
Yeah, I mean, the first one was a great play by [Brooks] forechecking the goalie. I just turned around and threw it at the net. I was a little blessed that it went in. The second was just a great pass from [Kerfoot] backdoor. I just had to put it in.
On his ability to find open space as the keys to his two goals:
Yeah, of course. The first was kind of off the forecheck. With the other one, [Kerfoot] could have maybe shot too or passed it. I was just trying to be an option for him there.
JOHN TAVARES (1 ASSIST)
On what he has seen from Nylander:
I think he’s just doing a good job in all three zones and then making really good plays with the puck, obviously. I think he’s very underrated with how strong he is on the puck. He does a really good job on the boards and down low in the offensive zone, creating space and finding his line mates and the open man. And then I think he’s just doing a really good job getting through the middle the ice, having good timing to be open around the net and finishing plays off in the middle of the ice and being in and around the net. Doing a really good job at finding ways to score, not just always when you’ve got open looks, but when you’ve got to find second and thirds or ugly ones around there.
On Andersen’s play tonight:
They put a lot of pucks at the net. I think we had a really good first period and then obviously a really slow start to the second and Freddie really kept it tight. Obviously, we gave up a couple of goals, they got one of them off the power play, but we were then able to recapture the lead and do a lot of good things and really possess the puck really well, I thought. At the start of the third, Freddie made some big saves. We probably gave up a little bit too much that we would have liked in the first few minutes. Everyone stuck with it and then cleaned it up and controlled the play a lot in their half of the ice, which, especially with the lead, you want to do. But, no question, he’s been our backbone here.
William Nylander put the Maple Leafs on the board at 3:24 of the first period and later collected the secondary assist on Travis Dermott’s second period goal before scoring the sixth Toronto goal of the night at 8:45 of the third period. Nylander has goals (6) in five consecutive games, assists (5) in four consecutive games and points (6-5-11) in five consecutive games. Nylander is the first Maple Leaf to have a goal streak of at least five games since Auston Matthews (6 Games, 10 G; Oct. 3 – 13, 2018). Tonight’s game is Nylander’s fourth multi-goal and ninth multi-point performance of the season. The Maple Leafs are 7-1-2 when Nylander records multiple points.
Kasperi Kapanen scored the second Toronto goal of the night at 9:00 of the first period and later recorded the primary assist on Pierre Engvall’s second period goal. Tonight’s game is Kapanen’s fifth multi-point game of the season. He has four points (2-2-4) over his last four games. He has recorded 18 (8 goals, 10 assists) of his 23 points on the road this season.
Travis Dermott scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the game at 9:02 of the second period. Dermott has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. He has registered seven (3-4-7) of his eight points on the road this season.
Pierre Engvall scored the fourth Toronto goal of the night at 9:37 of the second period. Engvall has three goals over his last five games played. He has recorded six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 10 games against Western Conference opposition this season. He has three points (1-2-3) in five games against Central Division teams in 2019-20.
Mitch Marner scored the fifth Maple Leafs goal of the game on the power play at 16:52 of the second period. Marner has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games. He has registered 20 points (7 goals, 13 assists) over his last 13 games. He has seven career points (2-5-7) in six career games against Winnipeg and has recorded five points (2-3-5) in four career games on the road at Winnipeg.
Adam Brooks registered the lone assist on Nylander’s first period goal. Brooks’ assist is his first career NHL point. He registered 16 points (8 goals, 8 assists) in 20 games with the Toronto Marlies (AHL) prior to his recall on December 27.
Alex Kerfoot recorded the primary assist on Dermott’s second period goal and later recorded the primary assist on Nylander’s third period goal. Kerfoot has points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is Kerfoot’s second multi-assist and fourth multi-point game of 2019-20. He has registered four points (1-3-4) over his last five games. The Maple Leafs are 9-2-1 when Kerfoot records at least one point.
Jason Spezza collected the secondary assist on Engvall’s second period goal. Spezza has four points (1-3-4) over his last five games played. He has registered 12 (4-8-12) of his 16 points in 19 games played on the road.
Tyson Barrie registered the primary assist on Marner’s second period goal. Barrie has assists (6) and points (1-6-7) in five consecutive games. Barrie has recorded 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists) in 14 games played since December 1. Toronto is 10-3-3 when Barrie registers a point.
Auston Matthews had the secondary assist on Marner’s second period goal. Matthews has assists (3) and points (3-3-6) in three consecutive games. He has recorded 15 points (8 goals, 7 assists) over his last 10 games. He leads the Maple Leafs with 15 power play points (7-8-15).
John Tavares picked up the secondary assist on Nylander’s third period goal. Tavares has assists (8) and points (3-8-11) in six consecutive games. In 15 games against Western Conference opponents in 2019-20, he has 13 points (7 goals, 6 assists). He has recorded 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists) in 14 career games on the road at Winnipeg.
Frederik Andersen stopped 45 shots to earn his League-leading 21st win of 2019-20. His 45 saves and 48 shots faced establish new season-highs.