Note I: The Jets take on the Lightning in the fourth home game of the season tonight at the MTS Centre starting at 7 pm. Be sure to stick with our comprehensive coverage throughout the day and following the game. As always ensure you follow @illegalcurve on twitter.
Note II: The Illegal Curve Hockey Show will be on TSN 1290 Radio tomorrow, from noon – 300 PM. Join Drew, Richard and Ezra as they provide post-game analysis of tonight’s Jets-Lightning game, and preview Sunday’s Jets-Avalanche game. Guests: Drew Spevak (ESPNDenver.com), Michael Russo (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) and, in the Saturday Spotlight, former NHL and Team Canada head coach Andy Murray (currently the head coach of the Western Michigan Broncos of the NCAA).
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets in a better mood after breaking losing streak with Tuesday’s win. While you don’t want to get overly excited about a win over the Hurricanes it was pretty clear that this team needed the win.
Winnipeg Free Press: Hoping for stability. While no player likes to be benched it can help you focus on the things you need to do differently and then seize the opportunity when you are inserted back into the lineup.
Winnipeg Free Press: Practice notes. Talks about Kane’s return, Scheifele friendly fire incident and the topic of the youngsters on the team.
Winnipeg Sun: Clitsome shocked by events in hometown Ottawa. While people across Canada were dismayed by the events that transpired earlier this week, it always hits home a little harder when you are from the area.
CBC: 5 things to watch for as Jets get set to battle the Bolts. Jeff gives us his thoughts on things to focus on tonight including: 1) Feeling refreshed 2) Not so special teams 3) Shutting down Stamkos 4) Big Ben Bishop and 5) Rookie watch.
CBC: In the Room (video). Mitch talks with Grant Clitsome about the shooting on Wednesday and its effect on his hometown.
TSN 1290 Winnipeg: Hustler and Lawless (audio). Goalie Ondrej Pavelec joined the guys to discuss his improved start to the 2014-15 NHL season. Pavelec says the Jets have improved their defensive play in front of him, and says the team realizes that they need to be better at home.
Illegal Curve: Coach Maurice scrum (audio). Thoughts on the situation in Ottawa. A Kane update. A better energy at practice today? Impact Scheifele/Trouba/Lowry are making on this team. What will Tuesday’s win for the game and psyche for tomorrow night? On the absence of Anthony Peluso. What challenges do the Lightning bring? What does he know about Ben Bishop? Does he want more traffic in front of opposing goalies? Why are more offensively gifted players playing more and more on the penalty kill?
Illegal Curve: Coach Maurice provides an update on Evander Kane’s status. Two weeks after the injury coach Maurice promised an update to the sniper’s status and that is what he provided the media following practice on Thursday.
Tampa Bay Times: Lightning likes its defense, wants more offense. Always good to be able to shut down the opposition but sometimes it comes at a cost.
Tampa Bay Tribune: Dirty play could aid Lightning. Jets have to hope the scoring touch doesn’t return tonight at the MTS Centre.