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The Winnipeg Jets open a two-game road trip tonight in Vancouver. cheap jerseys . Its a 7pm ct face off on TSN 1290 Radio and TSN Jets TV. Due to the 5pm local time start, neither team had a pregame skate this morning. This is the Jets lone appearance in Vancouver this season. The remaining two regular season games between these teams will be at MTS Centre. The (16-16-5) Jets are sixth in the Central Division with 37 points. They trail fifth-place Dallas by three points, and are one point ahead of seventh-place Nashville. The Stars have two games in hand on Winnipeg while the Predators have one. Winnipeg has two players, Andrew Ladd and Evander Kane, who are from British Columbia. Mark Scheifele is on a five-game point streak (three goals, four assists). Kane has two goals and two assists in his last three games. For just the second time this season, Bryan Little is without a point in two straight games after being held off the scoresheet Friday at home against Florida. Anthony Peluso is available to the Jets to play tonight after serving his three-game suspension. The (21-11-6) Canucks are fourth in the Pacific Division with 48 points. They trail third-place San Jose by two points and are four up on fifth-place Phoenix. The Sharks have two games in hand on Vancouver while the Coyotes have three. Kevin Bieksa will play his 500th NHL game tonight. He is the lone Canuck to register a point in his last two consecutive games with two assists. Former Jet Mike Santorelli leads the Canucks at plus-14. 25-year-old defenceman Yannick Weber has four points (one goal, three assists) in four games lifetime against the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise. There are eight current Canuck players that played with the AHLs Manitoba Moose: Jannik Hansen (129 games) Ryan Kesler (111 games), Alex Burrows (107 games), Kevin Bieksa (108 games), Jordan Schroeder (72 games), Eddie Lack (53 games), Alex Edler (51 games), and Chris Tanev (39 games). Lack and Tanev were on the last Moose team to play in the AHL before the NHL returned to Winnipeg. The Canucks have won their last five games in a row on home ice. Vancouver has the number one penalty kill in the NHL at 90 per cent. Following tonights game, the Jets fly to Edmonton and play their final game before the Christmas break tomorrow against the Oilers (8:30ct on TSN 1290 / TSN Jets). wholesale nfl jerseys . It is the first time since his days as a volunteer coach and later quarterbacks coach at the University of Miami in the early 1980s that he has spent four seasons with the same team. wholesale jerseys . "This resilience training starts now," Canadas womens soccer coach said. The Canadians face South Korea at Edmontons Commonwealth Stadium on Oct.Its been a series of firsts for Amber Holland and her teammates since they won the Canadian womens curling championship a year ago. Holland, third Kim Schneider, second Tammy Schneider and lead Heather Kalenchuk won a silver medal in their first world championship. Theyve dealt with a rush of notoriety that comes in Saskatchewan, where it seems the whole province is on a first-name basis with you, if you win a national curling title. The Holland team also returns to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts wearing red and white as Team Canada for the first time in their lives. "Its been a bit of a whirlwind. Im not going to lie," said Holland from her executive directors office at the Saskatchewan Curling Association in Regina. "Its been life-changing for me and the team, based on a lot of things off the ice, not necessarily on the ice." When Holland and her team returned from their win in Charlottetown last year, they were taken aback at how large and emotionally invested their following was. They were the first Saskatchewan team to win the Scotties since the late Sandra Schmirler won the last of her three titles in 1997. Holland compares curling fever in Saskatchewan to Rider Pride. "Thats the big thing weve probably had to work through is the fact that people want to talk to you, spend time with you," Holland explained. "You walk down the street and people want to talk about last year and what happened and whats going on." Saskatchewan curling fans have double the interest in the 2012 Scotties starting Saturday in Red Deer, Alta. Because Hollands foursome from Kronau has an automatic entry as defending champion, Reginas Michelle Englot is also in the field as provincial champion. "Our very last round-robin draw is Team Canada versus Team Saskatchewan," Holland said. "You can ask the Canadian Curling Association if they did that on purpose, when everybody from Saskatchewan will be driving over. "It is going to feel different in that Im going to look across the sheets and see someone else wearing green and white and were wearing the red and white." Holland and former Canadian and world champions Kelly Scott of B.C., and Jennifer Jones of Manitoba are the pre-tournament favourites, given their track record of success in the tournament. Quebecs Marie-France Larouche gets the label of dark horse. Larouche lost to Colleen Jones in the 2004 final when the tournament was last held in Red Deer. Albertas Heather Nedohin, Ontarios Tracy Horgan, Nova Scotias Heather-Smith Dacey, New Brunswicks Andrea Kelly, Kim Dolan of Prince Edward Island, Heather Strong of Newfoundland and Labrador and Kerry Galusha of Yukon/Northwest Territories round out the field. The winners crowned Feb. 26 will represent Canada at the world womens curling championship March 17-25 in Lethbridge, Alta., and get a return trip to the 2013 Scotties in Kingston, Ont. But there is also cash on the line. The four teams with the best records at the conclusion of the round robin qualify for the Page playoff round starting Feb. 24. The tournament finalists each recceive $15,500 in prize money, third place earns $11,500 and fourth picks up $7,500. cheap nfl jerseys. The national champions are eligible for $144,000 of Sport Canada funding over a two-year period, as well as $40,000 from the Canadian Curling Associations National Team Program to cover training and competition costs. The Canadian champion is paid another $10,000 to wear the crest of Scotties sponsor Kruger at the world championship. The victor also earns automatic entry into the $140,000 Canada Cup of Curling later this year in Moose Jaw, Sask., and the international Continental Cup of Curling in 2013. The Olympic curling trials are next year. A national championship counts valuable points towards the CCAs Canadian Team Ranking System, which qualifies teams for the 2013 Olympic trials and pre-trials tournaments. The Jones team is the only one so far with one of eight womens berths in the Olympic trials Dec. 1-8, 2013, in Winnipeg. Jones earned the first one by winning the 2011 Canada Cup in Cranbrook, B.C. Another berth will be awarded in April to the team at the top of the CTRS standings following the Players Championship. Holland, Nedohin and Calgarys Shannon Kleibrink each have one of 12 spots in the pre-trials event that determines the final two of the eight trials teams. Hollands team opens this years Scotties against Newfoundland and Labradors Heather Strong in the first draw Saturday afternoon (TSN, 3pm et/Noon pt). A question mark over the Holland team is how battle-ready they are. As defending champions, they didnt have to qualify through provincial playdowns in January. Instead of playing in a European tournament last month like many national champions do, they opted to stay closer to home and participate in the Ryder-Cup style Continental Cup of Curling in Langley, B.C. What the Holland team is also missing this season is World Curling Tour wins. In five tournaments, they didnt make the quarter-finals and totalled just $900 in winnings compared to top earner Sherry Middaughs $34,000. "We werent consistent when we played World Curling events and it showed in our performances," Holland said. "You look on the money list and you have to keep going down to the bottom. I cant take that back, but Ive played this game long enough to know that what happens before Christmas has absolutely nothing to do with what happens when the playdown season starts and our playdowns are starting Feb. 18 in Red Deer. "Im sure theres probably a team at the top of that money list that isnt playing Feb. 18 that would love to be and probably would trade some of that money to be there." The Holland team spent Feb. 4-5 at the national training centre in Edmonton fine-tuning their game, particularly sweeping. "The brushes, Im hoping everybody notices," Holland said. "Physically, our brushers are doing things better and are affecting the rock better. "As far as what I see on the ice and how were preparing, (Im) very comfortable that all the players are in a space where they know what they need to take into Red Deer to perform their best." ' ' '
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