Altitude Check: Tuesday January 31, 2012 Winnipeg Jets Headlines

VANCOUVER, CANADA - OCTOBER 18: A sticker in remembrance of former Vancouver Canucks Rick Rypien is seen on the helmet of Chris Higgins #20 of the Vancouver Canucks during a pre-game ceremony prior to the start of NHL action on October 18, 2011 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Hey all! Here is our feature running Monday through Friday that will bring you up to date on what's going on in the media pertaining to the Winnipeg Jets.

Here are your headlines for Tuesday, January 31, 2012:

Previewing tonight's game vs. Philadelphia. [NHL.com]

Our SB Nation pals over at Broad Street Hockey offer more from a Flyers perspective. [BSH]

The Jets will again be without the services of Dustin Byfuglien, Alexander Burmistrov, Evander Kane Ed: and Tim Stapleton as they are still shelved by injuries. Aaron Gagnon and Spencer Machacek have been recalled from St. John's for tonight's game. [WFP]

Winnipeg's post-season window is narrowing and it's now time to show whether they are a contender or a pretender. [Winnipeg Sun]

Our very own Ben Wendorf brought this up last week, but SB Nation's Fear the Fin crunches playoff probabilities with the use of fancy stats. Intriguingly, the Jets still have a 35.2% chance at only their second playoff birth in franchise history. [FTF]

As previously noted by our loyal community, the Winnipeg Jets traded F Akim Aliu to the Calgary Flames in exchange for D John Negrin. This comes on the heels of Winnipeg loaning Aliu to the Abbotsford Heat (CGY) of the AHL in December. In 26 games played with the Heat, Negrin has registered 1 assist and 12 PIM. [TSN]

A 2008 article originally published in the Calgary Herald discussing the upside and potential to John Negrin's game. [Canada.com]

The AHL hosted their 2012 All-Star Game last night in Atlantic City, NJ where Team West staged a third period comeback to defeat Team East 8-7. St. John's IceCaps Paul Postma and Zach Redmond were both held pointless with matching -1 +/- ratings for Team East. The game MVP was given to Peoria Rivermen goaltender Ben Bishop (trade stock soaring!) [AHL.com]

Meant to touch on this yesterday, but the Vancouver Canucks have donated $50,000.00 to help finance a new website offering resource material for those looking for mental help. The website was created in honor of former Canuck/Moose/Jet Rick Rypien who lost his life this summer. Very encouraged to see so much media attention over the past few years on a debilitating disease which is often shrugged off by the general public. [Mind|Check]

Finally, Arctic Ice Hockey will be unveiling another interview later this week featuring input from Justin Bourne. Justin currently blogs/podcasts for The Score's Backhand Shelf and we are thrilled to be able to talk puck with a former pro. Stay tuned! [Backhand Shelf]

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