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Suck it up buttercup

The Jets have no time to feel sorry for themselves, that's for sure.

The team suffered one of its most disappointing losses of the season on Tuesday, when Joe Pavelski scored with 4.3 seconds left in the game to give the visiting San Jose Sharks a 5-4 victory.

Turn the page and go forward they say in the cliche-ridden comments. Have no clue if it's in fact as simple as that, but the Jets face an equally difficult test tonight when the Boston Bruins are in town.

The Bruins have been one of the league's hottest teams since the calendar flipped to 2019. They have, however, lost two straight since having a 19-game points streak snapped so Winnipeg will either get an unusually feisty bunch tonight or perhaps a team in a bit of a lull. Either way, the Jets need to clean up their act and stop giving up so many premium chances in their own zone if they expect to have any success tonight and in the weeks to come.

Jason Bell attended the team's practice on Wednesday and files a report on the play of Connor Hellebuyck. Sure, the Jets basically surrendered the slot to the Sharks, but the Jets netminder is indeed struggling — he is 2-5-0 in his last seven with a .894 save percentage. Overall, he is 28-20-2 with a 3.01 GAA and .909 SV.. Meh.

Also today, I dragged Paul Wiecek out of his retirement slumber in Gimli for an edition of Say What?! and Andrew Berkshire has a look at the Western Conference wild card race in his latest Puck Data column.

— Sports editor Steve Lyons

Our coverage

  • Winnipeg Jets' goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.

    Winnipeg Jets' goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.

    Helle not happy: Practice does little for Hellebuyck's mood after stunning loss
  • Say What?!: Jets are a riddle wrapped up in an enigma
  • Puck Data: Drilling down into NHL's wild-card battle in the west
  • My bad: Ehlers shoulders blame for 'dumb mistake'
  • Amateur sports: Flames torch Royals to take women's high school hockey crown

What we're reading

  • Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand, right.

    Boston Bruins' Brad Marchand, right.

    The new Brad Marchand: No licking, plenty of production (Boston Globe)
  • The unclear choice: Now the winningest goalie in franchise history, Carey Price only ended up with the Montreal Canadiens at all thanks to a controversial decision at a truly unique draft (Sportsnet)
  • 31 Thoughts: Oilers GM search leaving no stone unturned (Elliotte Friedman)
  • Shining Star: Dallas goalie Ben Bishop isn't the favourite, but he's sure deserving of some Vezina love (The Hockey News)

In case you missed it

  • Manitoba Women's Junior Hockey League playoff game between the Silvertips and Prairie Blaze.

    Manitoba Women's Junior Hockey League playoff game between the Silvertips and Prairie Blaze.

    Mike McIntyre: Random thoughts from nine days on the road with Jets
  • Women's junior hockey takes off: Manitoba league the template for others

Numbers and news

  • Winnipeg Jets left wing Brandon Tanev.

    Winnipeg Jets left wing Brandon Tanev.

    Playoff Picture Magic number: 15 Current point total: 84 Projected playoff line: 88 Points If the playoffs started today: The Jets (1st in the Central) would have home ice against the Dallas Stars (1st in Wild Card) in the first round
  • Hit parade: Brandon Tanev had five hits on Tuesday vs the Sharks and leads the Jets in hits this season with 237 — fourth highest in the NHL. He needs 20 hits to set a franchise record for most hits in a season, which is currently held by Adam Lowry, who had 256 hits during the 2014-15 season

Video review

  • In the crease: Goalie Connor Hellebuyck chats with the media following practice on Wednesday
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