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« on: August 22, 2014, 09:29:16 pm »

The Winnipeg Jets host the Chicago Blackhawks this afternoon at MTS Centre. http://www.shopjerseysrams.com/Womens-Tre-Mason-Authentic-Jersey/ . Pregame coverage is already underway on TSN Radio 1290 Winnipeg. Dennis Beyak, Shane Hnidy and Brian Munzwill have the play-by-play at 2:00pm ct. The Blackhawks (8-2-3) are second in the Central Division with 19 points, only three back of division-leading Colorado, while Jets (5-7-2) sit seventh in the Central on with 12 points. The sixth-place Stars also have 12 points, but have a game in hand on Winnipeg. Ondrej Pavelec (4-6-2, 2.87, .909) is expected to start in goal for the Jets. He is winless in three career games versus the Blackhawks. Corey Crawford (7-2-2. 2.23. .916) is expected to counter for Chicago, making his fourth-straight start. He has never played the Jets before. This is the first of four regular season games between the two teams and also marks the return to Winnipeg of hometown boy Jonathan Toews for his first NHL game in the city. The Blackhawks captain has three goals and four assists in five lifetime games against the Thrashers/Jets franchise. Toews is currently enjoying a five-game point streak (five goals and four assists.) The Jets will also have to contend with former Thrasher Marian Hossa, who has 28 points (18 goals and 10 assists) in 23 career games against the Thrashers/Jets organization. For Winnipeg, Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little will look to continue their respective hot streaks. Both men have two goals and an assist in their last two games. There will be a new face in the Winnipeg line-up today, as 22-year-old defenceman Ben Chiarot makes his NHL debut, wearing no. 63 for the Jets. He was drafted by the Thrashers in 2009. In nine games this season with the St. Johns IceCaps of the AHL, Chiarot has two goals and three assists. Due to a hip injury to Mark Stuart, Winnipeg also recalled Julian Melchiori from the IceCaps, however he is not expected to play today. Special teams could also play a part in the game. The Blackhawks have scored on the power play in six straight games, but their penalty kill has struggled mightily. The team is last in the league (72.5 per cent,) allowing 11 goals on 40 opportunities. The teams next face off on Wednesday in Chicago. You can also catch that game live on TSN and TSN Radio 1290 Winnipeg at 7:00pm ct. Jets Projected Lines: Forwards: Ladd-Little-Setoguchi Kane-Jokinen-Wheeler Halischuk-Scheifele-Frolik Tangradi-Wright-Thorburn Defence: Byfuglien-Clitsome Enstrom-Bogosian Chiarot-Pardy Goaltenders: Pavelec Montoya Blackhawks Projected Lines: Forwards: Sharp-Toews-Hossa Saad-Pirri-Kane Bickell-Shaw-Morin Bollig-Kruger-Smith Defence: Keith-Seabrook Oduya-Hjalmarsson Goaltenders: Crawford Khabibulin http://www.shopjerseysrams.com/Womens-Lamarcus-Joyner-Authentic-Jersey/ . -- Stephen Curry erased a forgettable first half for the Golden State Warriors with a fourth quarter to remember. http://www.shopjerseysrams.com/Elite-Michael-Sam-Womens-Jersey-St-Louis-Rams-96-Home-Navy-Blue-Nike-NFL-54.html . During halftime, Love told The Associated Press he would receive treatment Saturday night and hoped to play Monday night against Houston. "I knew that my quad was bothering me pretty bad so I went out there and tried to move around a little bit and it just wasnt quite right," Love said.MIAMI -- A month of wrenching emotion for Green Bay Packers offensive co-ordinator Joe Philbin took another turn Friday when he landed the Miami Dolphins head coaching job. The deal was sealed less than two weeks after Philbins 21-year-old son drowned in an icy Wisconsin river. The Dolphins confirmed the hiring in a news release and plan a news conference Saturday. Philbin, who has never been a head coach, first interviewed with Miami on Jan. 7. The body of son Michael, one of Philbins six children, was recovered the next day in Oshkosh. After spending a week away from the Packers, Philbin rejoined the team last Sunday for its divisional playoff loss to the New York Giants. Philbin has been with Green Bay since 2003, serving as offensive co-ordinator since 2007. Coach Mike McCarthy called the plays, but Philbin put together the game plan for one of the NFLs most prolific offences. The Dolphins top choice, Jeff Fisher, turned them down a week ago to become coach of the St. Louis Rams. Miami owner Stephen Ross and general manager Jeff Ireland then conducted a second round of interviews this week with Philbin, Denver Broncos offensive co-ordinator Mike McCoy and Todd Bowles, the Dolphins interim coach at the end of the season. "Joe has all the attributes that we were looking for when we started this process," Ross said in a statement. "Jeff Ireland and I felt Joe was the right choice to bring the Dolphins back to the success we enjoyed in the past." The Dolphins are coming off a third consecutive losing season, their longest such stretch since the 1960s. Even so, Philbin called them "one of the premier franchises in professional sports." "The Dolphins have a strong nucleus to build around," he said in a statement. "And working with everyone in the organization, I know that together we will return the team to its winning tradition." Ross fired Tony Sparano last month with three games to go in his fourth year as the Dolphins coach. When the search for a new coach began, Ross said he would like to give the franchise much-needed stability by hiring "a young Don Shula." Instead he chose the 50-year-old Philbin, who has 28 years of coaching experience, including 19 years in college. Sam Bradford Rams Jersey. . With Philbins help, the Packers have ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in yardage each of the past five seasons, including third in 2011. A year ago they won the Super Bowl. "A huge congratulations to Joe Philbin," Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley tweeted. "No one deserves it more than this guy. The Pack will miss him!" The hiring might give the Dolphins an edge if they decide to pursue Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn, who becomes a free agent this off-season. Flynn set Packers records with 480 yards passing and six touchdowns in their regular-season finale. Philbin played a major role in the development of Flynn and Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers. "Worked five years with Joe Philbin," former Packers executive Andrew Brandt tweeted. "Calm, cerebral, humble and a skilled offensive mind. His style will resonate with players." Assistants becoming first-time NFL head coaches have had mixed results in recent years. The group includes the Ravens John Harbaugh, the Saints Sean Peyton and the Steelers Mike Tomlin, but also three coaches recently fired -- Jim Caldwell by the Colts, Todd Haley by the Chiefs and Steve Spagnuolo by the Rams. Before joining the Packers, Philbin was Iowas offensive line coach for four years. The former small-college tight end has been an offensive co-ordinator at Harvard, Northeastern and Allegheny College. Philbin becomes the seventh coach in the past eight years for the Dolphins, who went 6-10 this season and missed the playoffs for the ninth time in the past decade. It has been 19 years since they reached the AFC championship game, 27 years since they reached the Super Bowl and 38 years since they won an NFL title. Perhaps mindful of the drought, former Miami coach Jimmy Johnson offered this tweet: "Joe Philbin new Dolphin coach..good luck!" Philbin will now begin assembling a staff. Bowles might remain as a replacement for defensive co-ordinator Mike Nolan, who took the same job this week with the Atlanta Falcons. ' ' '
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