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Winnipeg Free Press: Jets and downtown businesses both winning at home. (Paywall). Ch-ching. Glad to see so many people downtown spending time and money supporting not just the Jets but local businesses as well.
Winnipeg Sun: Coach Maurice is a fan of NHL’s unbalanced playoff format. While folks may have preferred this matchup later in the playoffs you won’t hear the Jets bench boss complaining.
Winnipeg Sun: Stastny passing along wisdom he learned from Joe Sakic to young Jets. He has certainly been a good fit with the young players he has spent time with on the Jets second line.
Winnipeg Sun: ‘Tug of war’ about to heat up as Jets and Preds aim to regain upper hand in Game 3. Ken sets up tonight’s game which is expected to be quite a doozy.
The Tennessean: Predators’ Viktor Arvidsson goes old school with slap shot goals. Adam sets up the game from the perspective of someone who covers the Predators.
The Athletic Winnipeg: The goal for the Jets in Game 3 is to get back to their high speed, smart pressure identity. (Paywall). Murat with a look at the things the Jets will need to do in order to be successful this evening.
Sportsnet: Jets, Predators excel at stopping opponents’ strengths. It is remarkable how similar these two teams look when you compare the numbers. Of course Rinne will have to be better on special teams going forward.
In Goal Magazine: Steve Mason transforms Jets trainers into fighter pilots on new mask. Nice way to honour the guys who do so many things for the players. Check out the pictures to see some of the details.
Illegal Curve: Jets vs. Predators Game 3 Round 2 pre-game report. The Jets skated today as they got ready to face Nashville at Bell MTS Place tonight ahead of game 3. Includes scrums with Blake Wheeler, Paul Stastny, Mark Scheifele, Nikolaj Ehlers and Ben Chiarot.
Illegal Curve: Morning Papers. If you missed any of the news we have you covered.
Sportsnet: Jets and Predators depth really showing so far this series. Sean Reynolds and Luke Fox get us set for Game 3 of this highly entertaining series, where the only bad thing is one of the Jets or Predators will have to go home at the end.
TSN: Preds focused on staying out of the box and limiting mistakes. P.K. Subban emphasizes that there are so many good players in the league now that it seems like every mistake ends up in the back of their net. So the Predators are focused on staying out of the box and limiting those mistakes for Game 3 in Winnipeg.
TSN: Does home-ice success give Jets the edge over Preds? The Jets earned a split in Nashville and could play the next three of their four games on home-ice. With their last loss at home coming to the Predators on February 27th, Sara Orlesky, Pierre LeBrun and Frank Seravalli discuss if they have the series edge considering they’ve won 12 straight games in Winnipeg.
TSN: Jets ready to feed off raucous home crowd. The Jets talk about how much they love playing in front of the raucous crowd inside and outside of the Bell MTS Place and how they plan to feed off the noise again in Game 3 against the Predators.
TSN 1290 Winnipeg: Jets are happy where they are entering Game 3. TSN 1290 Jets analyst Josh Green joined host Kevin Olszewski to set up Game 3 between Winnipeg and Nashville.
Illegal Curve: Coach Maurice pre-game scrum. Topics included – How has the team handled the low of being scored on in double OT? Impact of Paul Stastny down the stretch for the club. What has brought out the offense in Brandon Tanev? On the between the whistle activity. Did he see Byfuglien “punch” his teammates after the Jets scored. What was the biggest challenge of the Ryan Johansen line? What did the group do better in game 2 to generate more offensive time? More on Tanev’s game. How much harder is it to establish “your game” against a team that has a similar style? Is it unusual not to be chasing specific matchups? Is it refreshing as a coach not to have to worry as the matchups? His thoughts on the playoff format?