Note: The first of four at home goes tonight against Montreal. If there is one ray of sunshine it is that the Jets won’t have to face Carey Price as Habs coach Therrien announced yesterday that Dustin Tokarski would start. Many fans are wondering if we will see a return of Dustin Byfuglien or Bryan Little tonight and we will have a better idea once the morning skate begins around 10:30 am. As always keep it locked to @illegalcurve for the latest Jets news.
Games of significance last night: Flames lost (SO).
Games of significance tonight: Kings (@ Islanders). Sharks (@ Red Wings). Canucks (vs. Avalanche).
Breaking News: Jets sign Andrew Copp to a three year, two-way entry level contract. For details click here.
Winnipeg Free Press: This is crunch time. Tim writes about the Jets return to defensive hockey and how that is the right path to success.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets need Byuglien, Little now. Someone asked us about Byfuglien’s status and I looked back at the timeline. Coach Maurice announced the injury on the 6th, Buff was back on 16th practicing in regular jersey but by 18th we were told he had plateaued (not regressed). If he plays today it would be about three weeks after the original announcement of 2-4 weeks. Regardless of the above the Jets absolutely need Byfuglien and Little back as soon as possible.
CBC: Where do the Winnipeg Jets stand in their playoff push? Mitch breaks out the telestrator for this video. Also writes about a number of topics in this article including: 1) Tough path ahead 2) Road test 3) Finale and 4) The competition.
Yahoo Sports: We’re a little worried about Winnipeg. The playoff death watch has turned its focus on the Jets.
ESPN: Potential first-round mismatches. (Registration Required). The article is behind a paywall but discusses the idea that the Jets could be a tough challenge if they face the Ducks.
TSN 1290 Winnipeg: Hustler & Lawless. Former Vancouver Giants head coach Claude Noel joins the guys to discuss his time with the Giants. Noel also shares his opinion of the play of his former team, the Winnipeg Jets.
TSN 1290 Winnipeg: Rona Roundtable. Trevor Kidd joins Rick Ralph looking back on the Jets loss in Vancouver and looks ahead to Thursday night’s game vs. Montreal.
Illegal Curve: Replay. 0:00 – Jets win in Edmonton, lose in Vancouver. 14:21 – Playoff races in both conferences. 27:23 – Interview with Pat Hickey, Montreal Gazette. 39:46 – Jets vs. Canadiens preview. 51:00 – Interview with Slava Malamud, columnist with Le Journal de Montreal. 1:06:24 – NHL News & Notes. 1:17:24 – Potential coaching changes for non-playoff teams. 1:26:35 – Philadelphia Flyers in disarray.