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Winnipeg Jets Afternoon Links

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

Note: Puck drop is at 6 pm CDT tonight as the Jets go up against the Hurricanes tonight in Carolina. After the game, be sure to check out for all the post-game reaction.

Note II: We want you to join the conversation on the Illegal Curve Post-Game Show once the final buzzer sounds.

Jets news:

Winnipeg Sun: Jets’ captain Wheeler absorbs blame for failed season. It was a candid and reflective Jets captain this morning from Raleigh.

Blake Wheeler

Photo Credit: Colby Spence (Illegal Curve)

Winnipeg Sun: Game Night – Jets at Hurricanes. Paul gives you a reason to watch and three things to know about the Jets opponent.

Winnipeg Free Press: Wheeler shoulders blame for Jets’ subpar season. (Paywall). It was a pre-game media availability which had the feeling of a season post-mortem given that the Jets were eliminated from playoff contention last night.

Winnipeg Free Press: Jets playoff hopes die with Vegas win over Washington. (Paywall). Originally it appeared that the earliest the Jets would officially be out would be tonight if they failed to win against Carolina and/or Dallas didn’t gain a point in Calgary. But as Mike points out the Vegas comeback sealed the Jets fate last night. Jets eliminated from playoff contention due to penalty kill, defense. Tim looks at what went wrong and then gives you some reasons for optimism. 

Illegal Curve: Jets vs Hurricanes pre-game reportThe Jets held a morning skate followed by a media availability before they take on Carolina. Check out the projected lines and D pairs and hear from players. 

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

Jets video:

Sportsnet: Why Lowry believes this year was an anomaly, and Jets will contend next season. Jets head coach Dave Lowry utters the team’s disappointment and frustration for not making the playoffs this season, but says he believes the pieces are already there to contend next year, and that this year was an anomaly.

TSN: Wheeler on Jets’ season: I’m disappointed, feel like we’re back at square oneAfter another disappointing campaign, Blake Wheeler says you have to be careful of expectations when heading into a season. The Jets captain didn’t want to elaborate on what went wrong because his emotions were potentially a ‘little raw.’ Wheeler said he always felt like they were building to something and had young guys coming up, but now they are more searching for answers.

Jets audio:

CJOB 680: Fly By Podcast. The Jets play their final road game of the season in Raleigh tonight against the Hurricanes. 680 CJOB’s Paul Edmonds and Jamie Thomas go over the Jets defensive effort in New York, Blake Wheeler’s comments regarding missing the playoffs and Eric Comrie.