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Altitude Check: Thursday, April 12, 2012 Winnipeg Jets News Headlines

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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 Thursday, April 12, 2012:

Jim Slater will play for Team USA at this years World Championships. [WFP]

Claude Noel gives his take on where the Jets have to be next year and his final summation on the 2011-12 season. [WFP]

Be the first to get your hands on Winnipeg Jets game worn jerseys.... should you have $2000.00 just lying around at your disposal. [Jets.com]

The Nation Network offer their first round predictions. [Jets Nation]

The Philadelphia Flyers erased a 3-0 first period defect to upset the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in overtime. [Broad Street Hockey]

Pekka Rinne put the Nashville Predators on his back as the Finnish netminder repelled the Detroit Red Wings attack long enough to capture a 3-2 win. [On the Forecheck]

The Vancouver Canucks found themselves on the wrong side of a 4-2 game with the Los Angeles Kings in which they were outclassed. [Vancouver Sun]

Will Shea Weber's WWE style head slam result in supplementary discipline? [Sportsnet]

Will Byron Bitz be suspended after he was given a five minute major and a game misconduct for his hit on Kyle Clifford? Clifford left the game and did not return. [The Province]

Detroit will be without the services of Darren Helm indefinitely as he left last night's game during the first period with a forearm laceration. Mike Babcock: "We don't know, that's why he's at the hospital — we don't know to what extent, or how severe, if any tendons or anything like that are cut. I don't know that. But it was pretty severe. I mean, as soon as it happened, he skated straight to the bench and we were on a penalty kill. He'd never do that. And then they took him from the game right away." [USA Today]

BREAKING: Helm had an operation to repair severed tendons in his arm. His playoffs are done.

Speaking of Mike Babcock, he might find himself in hot water for comments he made about the officiating in Game 1. [Puck Daddy]

The Brandon Wheat Kings have been swept from the second round of the WHL playoffs, culminated by last night's 6-0 loss. [Edmonton Journal]

Zachary Yuen and the Tri-City Americans have taken a 2-1 series lead over the Spokane Chiefs with a 2-1 victory yesterday. Through seven games, Yuen has registered a goal and two assists. [WHL.ca]

Finally (from Tuesday), the Barrie Colts stunned the Ottawa 67's by a score of 5-2 and have also taken a 2-1 series lead in their OHL Semifinal series. Mark Scheifele potted a goal and an assist while Ivan Telegin marked two assists. [Ottawa Citizen]

Wednesday Night's Three Stars:

1. Brayden Schenn (PHI) 1G, 2A, 3PTS

2. Pekka Rinne (NSH) 35 SV, 2GA, .946 SV%, W

3. Mike Richards (LA) 1G , 2A, 3PTS