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WINNIPEG Womens Steven Stamkos Jersey , Manitoba (AP) — Blake Wheeler took a pass on soaking up praise after his career-high five-point performance.The Winnipeg captain had an empty-net goal and four assists in the Jets’ 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.“When you’re passing it to guys like that, it gives you a level of confidence that kind of changes how you move the puck,” Wheeler said. “If you were passing to somebody that doesn’t have a prayer of putting it in the net, it’s a little bit different than giving it to (Mark) Scheifele or (Patrik) Laine.“No doubt those guys give me a ton of confidence to find those little seams. And like I said, they need such little space. If I can just squeeze it in there, there’s a good chance it’s going in.”Wheeler extended his point streak to nine games. He has two goals and 15 assists during the run, and is second in the NHL with 18 assists overall — one behind Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen.Kyle Connor and Laine had power-play goals, giving the Jets at least one power-play goal in 11 straight games to add to a franchise record. Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers also scored Tyler Johnson Jersey , with Scheifele adding an assist. Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves.Colorado defenseman Eric Johnson scored his first goal of the season, Tyson Jost added a goal and Semyon Varlamov stopped 19 shots.“It’s always hard to start the games when you’re down like one or two goals,” Varlamov said. “But it doesn’t matter even if you’re down, like it’s only one or two goals. You know, I mean we have enough skill on this team to score like five.”The Avalanche have lost five in a row.“I think leaders on this team got to get on this now,” Johnson said. “We gotta stop the bleeding and string some wins together here.”UP NEXTAvalanche: At Edmonton on Sunday.Jets: Host New Jersey on Sunday. The Dallas Stars are holding onto the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, but team CEO Jim Lites is far from a happy camper right now.A day after the Stars pulled off an impressive 2-0 road victory over the powerhouse Nashville Predators, Lites met with the media and lashed out at All-Star forwards Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn for not producing up to their usual standards."They are (expletive) horse-(expletive) Victor Hedman Jersey , I don鈥檛 know how else to put it," Lites said, via Sean Shapiro of The Athletic. "The team was ok. But (Tyler) Seguin and (Jamie) Benn were terrible."Don't think for an instant that it was the only part of Lites' rant. He also said team owner Tom Gaglardi is "pissed," and that they're "not good enough for me...for the owner...for the general manager."advertising"We are a stars-driven league, and our stars aren鈥檛 getting it done," Lites said. "It鈥檚 embarrassing, and no one writes it. Write it!"The Stars are sitting at 19-16-3, but for once Yanni Gourde Jersey , Seguin and Benn can't take all the credit for this team hanging around in the playoff race. The former has a mere 11 goals and 32 points this season, while Benn has 15 goals and 30 points. Those aren't bad statistics by any means, but these guys are supposed to be point-per-game players. Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY SportsAs Shapiro noted, Benn's $13 million salary in 2018-19 is the third-biggest in the NHL this year, and Seguin's recently-signed $78.8 million extension begins next year. The Stars are investing a lot of money into their two superstars, but the results simply aren't there.advertisingIt should be noted that the Stars have transitioned to a more defensive game under rookie head coach Jim Montgomery, which is why they're hanging around in the playoff picture. Because of this, Seguin and Benn aren't going to score 75-90 points a season.Nonetheless Auston Matthews Jersey , Stars ownership isn't content with their place as the final playoff team in the West, and they're expecting better. We'll see if Benn and Seguin can turn it around in the new year.What This MeansThe Stars have been mired in mediocrity over the past decade, with just two playoff appearances and one postseason series victory since 2009. And if things don't start turning around in the next couple of seasons, ownership may have to consider some mjor changes.advertising

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