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Winnipeg Sun: Laine back on ice and a game-time decision for Jets. The Jets sniper certainly didn’t sound like a player who would be missing a couple of games as was initially anticipated.
Winnipeg Free Press: Patrik Laine could be in lineup tonight. (Paywall). It was a shock when it was announced he was taking the morning skate. I have to think the team wouldn’t allow him to play if he wasn’t able to go so it will be interesting to see what happens.
Winnipeg Free Press: Connor picking up in NHL right where he left off, college teammate says. (Paywall). After how he played for the Moose last season it wasn’t hard to see the kid drips talent. He has certainly continued to impress this season.
Sportsnet: Jets GM talks Stastny, Hellebuyck, ‘patient’ approach paying off. Long read on how the Jets GM has guided the Jets ship to this point.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Jets young players accomplish an unofficial — and largely unnoticed — goal-scoring feat. (Paywall). Part of the benefit of good drafting is when these prospects develop you get accomplishments like these as Murat discusses.
Illegal Curve: Jets vs. Ducks pre-game report. Take a look at what happened at the rink this morning as Winnipeg gets ready to face Anaheim at Bell MTS Place tonight with pre-game scrums with Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine as well as a Laine & Roslovic health update.
Illegal Curve: Morning Papers. If you missed any of the news we have you covered.
TSN: Jets 3-in-3. Was it surprising that Patrik Laine took part in the Jets’ morning skate on Friday? Is there any concern if he returns to the lineup tonight? How has Kyle Connor performed in his first season with Winnipeg? Sara Orlesky and Ken Wiebe share their thoughts.
Illegal Curve: Coach Maurice pre-game scrum. Topics included – On Laine’s status. What will it take for Laine to play? Is he hesitant at all to let Laine play? Status of Jack Roslovic? Is Roslovic a game time decision? On a player making a pitch to play in a game. On the Jets reduction in penalty minutes. How did Patrik plead his case? Will he put blockers on Laine? How beneficial would it be to clinch sooner rather than later? On whether they would rest guys (i.e. What Nashville is doing). On Perreault’s game.
TSN 1290 Winnipeg: You have to block that shot. TSN Jets analyst Trevor Kidd joined host Kevin Olszewski at morning skate for a preview of a Friday night contest between Winnipeg and Anaheim.
TSN 1290 Winnipeg: Stastny has plenty of options in free agency. TSN’s Bob McKenzie joined the Big Show to talk about the impact of Patrik Laine’s injury, changes to come after the NHL GM Meetings and where Paul Stastny could end up next year including a potential return to either St. Louis or Winnipeg.