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Latest Jets news.

Note:  We are hours away from the first NHL playoff game for this franchise in some time.  Many folks from Winnipeg have made their way to Anaheim to take in the atmosphere of the first playoff game for the Jets 2.0.  Game starts at 9:30 pm ct.

Note II:  Get updated with the latest Jets news via our twitter @illegalcurve and Facebook.  As well check out our Instagram account for pictures from the each and every Jets game.  Be sure to stop by following tonight’s game for the post-game reaction from Jets coach Paul Maurice.

Jets news:

Winnipeg Free Press:  Jets sticking to the game plan that brought them to the dance.  The idiom reinventing the wheel comes to mind.  Why try to change something that has brought you to this point in the first place?  The Jets sound like they don’t plan on making anything but adjustments when it comes to their game plan.

Ladd & Frolik goal celebration

Winnipeg Free Press:  Jets game televised tonight will not be shown outdoors.  While it is always fun to watch in Forks type of setting or in this case at one of the skyscrapers located at Portage & Main it appears that it will not be happening for tonight’s game.  However there are many other places to enjoy the festivities.  

Winnipeg Free Press:  Isaiah Mustafa spices up Jets as Cup-contender talk.  I find it somewhat humourous that folks get so excited when someone “famous” (however that is defined) shows an interest in sports.

Winnipeg Sun:  Jets fans can put a ring on it.  If you’re looking to add some limited edition memorabilia to your collection here is your opportunity.

Winnipeg Sun:  Where to watch the Jets game tonight.  Personally I will be at a little place called Earls Main Street but there are plenty of options for establishments for fans to watch tonight’s game.

National Post:  Can the Winnipeg Jets pull off the upset over the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks?  The panel of Postmedia hockey experts break down the Anaheim Ducks vs. Winnipeg Jets matchup and who they think will come out on top.

Sportsnet:  Jets 2.0 ready to right an old wrong vs. Ducks.  Amazing how everyone is looking ahead to Game 3.  Plenty to read in this walk down memory lane.

CBC:  5 Things to Watch.  Mitch is covering the game in California and looks at these five topics including: 1) Possession Obsession.  2) Even Steven.  3) (Not So) Special Teams. 4) Duck Dynasty? and 5) Between The Ears.

CBC:  Jets fans land in Anaheim for first playoff game in 19 years.  I know a number of guys who flew down to Cali for a few days of fun in the sun and to take in the first Jets game.  I’m expecting a pretty good True North tonight.

CBC:  Former Winnipeg Jet Dave Babych says the Jets aren’t underdogs.  Always great to hear from the guys who wore the Jets 1.0 jersey.

Metro News:  Jets’ return to the playoffs a bittersweet ride for fans in Atlanta.  While it is easy to take shots at fans of hockey in Atlanta there was definitely a dedicated hard core base that loved their Thrashers.

Illegal Curve:  Game Day Set-Up: Jets @ Ducks.  Setting up tonight’s Jets and Ducks game with projected lines, starting goalies, game notes and more.

Illegal Curve:  Jets vs. Ducks Game 1 projected lineupsTake a look at what the lines looked like after practice today and what combos you should expect to see at the Honda Center this evening.  Audio from Trouba, Enstrom and Slater.

Illegal Curve:  Morning Jets Papers.  If you missed any of the news we have you covered.  

Jets audio:

Illegal Curve:  Coach Maurice pre-game scrum.  Status of Perreault?  How does he get the team to keep the physical identity but not go over the line?  Is it his responsibility to recognize the league standards and advise his group accordingly?  How excited is he to see how his group responds to the playoffs?  On pace/speed being part of the Jets identity.  What can players take from winning experience from elsewhere (AHL, Jr, World Championships) into the NHL playoffs?  Maintenance for Ladd?  Can Tlusty be a playoff hero?

TSN 1290 Winnipeg:  Rona Roundtable.  Shawn Churchill of CTV Winnipeg discusses the buzz in Anaheim surrounding Game 1 of the Ducks/Jets playoff series.

TSN 1290 Winnipeg:  The Big Show.  Shane Hnidy describes what it’s like playing playoff hockey for the first time and what those youngsters need to do to be successful against the Ducks.