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Altitude Check: Thursday December 8, 2011 Winnipeg Jets Headlines

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Hey all! This is a new 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 Thursday December 8, 2011:

After an important win Tuesday, the Jets now set their sites on a dates with Carolina and Detroit this weekend. [WFP]

Cam Charron uses fancy stats to explain how Winnipeg finds themselves in the midst of a playoff race. [Jets Nation]

Steady defensive play has been at the heart of Winnipeg's recent success as the Jets are 7-2-1 in their last ten games. [Canoe]

The MTS Centre is quickly gaining a reputation of being one of the loudest rinks in the NHL. Kudos to the fans who jam-pack that place for every game. [Globe & Mail]

Props from ESPN: "If it's that loud for a game in December, what would it be like if the Jets made the playoffs? Mercy." [Pierre LeBrun, via Twitter]

What does a new NHL team bring to downtown Winnipeg? A sobering view on the drawbacks of Portage Avenue and whether new downtown development can curb it's current state. "Boarded up windows, payday loan storefronts and dollar stores aren't going to draw tourists or suburb dwellers, who complain about panhandlers, drunks, litter and crime." [TSN]

Patrik Elias puts Alexander Burmistrov on blast: "[Burmistrov] wanted to yap a little bit. I’ll take him any time. He’s way too young to do that. He doesn’t know what’s up yet. I’ll take him any time." Strong words from a normally soft-spoken pro. [Vancouver Sun]

Kirk Muller is still getting adjusted to life as an NHL Head Coach. He finally collected the first win of his career last night as his Hurricanes punked the Oilers at Rexall Place. [FS Carolina]

Scum of the Earth Graham James plead guilty to sexually assulting former NHLer Theoren Fleury and another unnamed player. [Canadian Press, via Yahoo!]

Finally, a grizzly read: "The Two Sides of Graham James: A Budding Coach and Predatory Pedophile." [Canadian Press, via WFP]