Winnipeg Jets Morning Papers
Note: The Jets won’t have any time to dwell on last night’s 5-4 OT loss as they flew into New Jersey late (more like in the early morning hours) and will have a game tonight against the Devils. No morning skate for Winnipeg so we won’t know the status of Marko Dano or Jacob Trouba until closer to puck drop. With the move to the eastern side of North America puck drop is at 6 pm CDT. Update: The game tonight against the Devils has been cancelled due to severe weather in the area.
Note II: Locally there will also be some hockey tonight as the Moose and Marlies re-match goes down at the MTS Centre with a 7 pm puck drop. I’m jumping into the broadcast booth with play by play voice Mitch Peacock to provide some colour analysis for the game. You can hear it live on Moose Hockey.
TSN 1050 Toronto: Maybe the best NHL rookie class of all time. (Audio). Michael Traikos of the Toronto Sun joins Scott MacArthur to weigh-in on the Auston Matthews Calder trophy debate. Does location help or hurt Matthews chances?
Winnipeg Free Press: Another nail in playoff coffin as Jets fall in OT. (Paywall). In addition to his recap Paul looks at the play of Connor Hellebuyck and the Jets special teams.
National Post: With playoff spot out of the question, Jets playing for pride and for some, jobs next season. While it may be tough to watch the individual battles for players who will be competing for a spot on the roster could at least make for some entertaining play.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets fall to Predators in overtime. Ken was down in Nashville and breaks it all down in this recap from music city.
The Tennessean: Preds top Jets in overtime. Look at the game from the perspective of a beat writer that covered the game as someone who covers Nashville.
Sportsnet: Rinne with a “Finn-tastic” save after Laine dangles through everyone in OT. (Video). While normally Finnish hasn’t been a problem for the Jets super rookie he couldn’t beat his countryman, despite making some spectacular moves to set up that chance.
TSN: Birth of Myers’ son a challenging, yet rewarding journey. (Video). Tyler Myers’ life was put into perspective when his wife, Michela, unexpectedly had an emergency c-section five weeks before her due date. That rough patch came with numerous heartbreaks but ultimately showed Tyler and Michela just how resilient their family is. Sara Orlesky has more.
Toronto Sun: Calder Trophy debate – Will East Coast bias hurt or help Auston Matthews? And this was written before Patrik Laine added his 33rd goal of the season and continued to build his rookie points lead over the field. This story however is primarily about the view of Matthews but still touches on Laine.
Illegal Curve: Injury News – Jacob Trouba and Tyler Myers. According to the Jets bench boss Trouba is day to day while Myers still skating on alternate days.
Illegal Curve: Patrik Laine & Nikolaj Ehlers surprise some kids at practice. In conjunction with Audi Winnipeg a couple of Winnipeg Jets players surprised some young hockey players at their hockey practice!
Game 70 – Predators 5 Jets 4 in OT:
Illegal Curve: Post-game Report. Quick recap, stats and post-game audio from Patrik Laine and coach Maurice.