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Wednesday Morning Altitude Check: The St. John's IceCaps' bounce back against the Hamilton Bulldogs

Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Winnipeg Jets-related news and notes.


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 and elsewhere in the NHL.

Here is what's in the news for Wednesday, November 21, 2012:

Despite being heavily outshot, the St. John's IceCaps pulled out a 3-1 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs last night, large in part due to the play of birthday boy Edward Pasquale. [The Telegram]

The IceCaps' were struggling mightily on the power play coming into the game, but they were able to score on two of their seven opportunities last night, which is a step in the right direction. [The Telegram]

Mark Scheifele is still working on improving the mental aspect of his game as a player of his caliber seems to get targeted frequently by the opposition: "That's one thing I am working on. You just have to know what you have to do. You have to be a leader. You have to know when to shut your mouth, know when to speak in the room. It's a big thing. I've talked to a lot of people about it. I learned from being with pros last year, learned from other guys that I know. It's just something that will come as you mature and that's what I'm trying to do, mature as a hockey player, mature as a person." [WFP]

Meanwhile, after a hot start to the season, Scott Kosmachuk's play has cooled down considerable. He's trying his best to not let it faze him: "I don't think I'm putting too much pressure on myself to score, necessarily, but I just noticed the last couple of games that the pucks are bouncing on me, just off my stick, and even today, it wouldn't settle. It's something different." [WFP]

The Colorado Eagles have been facing struggles of their own and were most recently swept in a three game series against the Alaska Aces. [The Coloradoan]

Claude Giroux has returned to North America to receive precautionary testing after suffering a head injury last week. [SB Nation]

The NHL lockout has claimed it's first casualty as defenseman Jaroslav Spacek has announced his retirement at the age of 38. [SB Nation]

Travis Hughes investigates the speculation that Ed Snider no longer supports the lockout. [Broad Street Hockey]

The NHL is hopeful that they will receive a full proposal from the Union later today. Over/Under ten minutes into the meeting before it's shot down? [Calgary Herald]

Finally, the Nashville Predators preform a flash mob at a youth hockey game. Whether or not you consider this to be a PR stunt is irrelevant, the kids loved it. [On the Forecheck]