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Winnipeg Jets Afternoon Links

Getting you set up for tonight’s Jets game with the latest news and audio.

Note: Puck drop is at 6 PM CST for tonight’s game between the Jets and Capitals although it will actually be a bit later with Washington honouring Alex Ovechkin in a pre-game ceremony for scoring his 700th NHL goal.  After the game, be sure to check us out for all the post-game reaction.

Note II:  Defenceman Josh Morrissey will not suit up for the Jets tonight as he is day-to-day and will be evaluated further in Winnipeg.

Jets news:  Winnipeg seeks to gain in wild card race; Kovalchuk to debut for WashingtonIncludes a game preview, players to watch, pre-game quotes, projected lineups for both teams, status reports and a stat pack.

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

Washington Post: Ilya Kovalchuk and Alex Ovechkin reunite as Capitals look to find rhythmPretty cool story on how the two friends will get a chance to play on the same team in the NHL for the first time.

The Athletic Winnipeg:  Charting Winnipeg’s path back to Stanley Cup contention.  (Paywall).  Murat is already casting his eyes to the summer and what could be for this Winnipeg franchise.

Illegal Curve: Jets vs. Capitals pre-game report. The Jets held a morning skate this morning followed by a media availability before they take on Washington. Check out the projected lines and D pairs and hear from Andrew Copp and Patrik Laine.

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

Jets audio:

Illegal Curve:  Coach Maurice pre-game scrumTopics included – Update on Josh Morrissey?  Sami Niku comes in?  Thoughts on the top line with Harkins?  Is Morrissey day-to-day?  What has Niku done to get back into the lineup?  Jets making no moves on trade deadline, how did he view it?  Ovechkin being honoured for scoring 700 goals.  Anything sticks out coaching against Ovechkin?  The continuity of his career (related to the extension he signed).  How has he evolved?  What does Kovalchuk add to the mix?  Laine playing his 300th NHL game.