Note: The Jets finished off their pre All-Star schedule with a game against the Ducks last night in Anaheim where they lost 4-3 in a shootout. Winnipeg is now on their three day break from today until Sunday and will return to the ice on Monday as they prepare for 10 straight games at Bell MTS Place. The only two Jets that will be active over the next few days will be captain Blake Wheeler and goalie Connor Hellebuyck who head to Tampa Bay today to take part in the All-Star festivities this weekend.
Note II: While the Jets are off the Moose are not as they kick off two games against the Rocket in Laval for the first time ever against the franchise formerly known as the St. John’s IceCaps (yes the same franchise name the Moose were previously known as). The road warrior Moose are 15-4-1 in 20 road games this season and have points in nine straight road games (8-0-1) so they will hope to keep this rolling before they enter their All-Star break which begins on Sunday. Morning skate in Laval kicks off at 10:15 am at Place Bell with puck drop at 6:30 pm CST. Might the Moose get some guys back from the Jets (i.e. Lemieux and Poolman)? Stay tuned to find out.
Note III: Just after lunch the Jets announced they have recalled goalie Jamie Phillips from the Moose and reassigned Michael Hutchinson and Brendan Lemieux back to Manitoba. My thoughts on what is happening are here.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets get some love in NHL mid-season awards voting. Little Winnipeg love from some hockey folks and fans.
TSN: Why Blake Wheeler was my no. 1 for Hart. The Jets captain gets some love from out East by TSN analyst Frank Seravalli.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets hold on to earn a point against Ducks, lose in five-round shootout. Ted with his assessment of the game last night in Anaheim.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets Snapshots. Ted’s include: 1) Laine and Jets expected to make regular-season appearance in Finland next season. 2) Jets plans during All-Star break. 3) Plug and Play. 4) Kyle Connor getting back to this game. 5) Laine and his Playstation.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets drop 4-3 decision to Ducks in shootout to end road trip. (Paywall). Mike recaps an exciting game from Anaheim.
Winnipeg Free Press: Hard-hitting Jets who deserve a little more love. (Paywall). Former NHLer turned scribe Scott Campbell gives some love to some players he feels are deserving.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets expected to be part of NHL’s showcase games in Finland next season. (Paywall). Get ready to book your tickets to Finland folks as the Jets and Hurricanes look to do battle next season in a place many folks in Manitoba have a fondness for and we know they will be excited to see all the talented Finnish players including phenom Patrik Laine.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets assistant GM Simmons on why you can’t compare Atlanta expansion to Vegas. The Jets assistant GM offers his perspective on what it was like for the Atlanta franchise out of the gate and how it looked compared to the way Vegas has taken the NHL by storm this season.
Orange County Register: Ryan Miller wins in relief as Ducks top Jets in shootout. As we spoke about yesterday it isn’t often that a goalie wins a game without making a save in the 3rd period and OT.
TSN: How active will Cheveldayoff be at the deadline? Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff hasn’t historically been to active at the trade deadline, but could this year be different? Tim Horton’s That’s Hockey weighs in and give a few pieces he could target.
Ducks 4 Jets 3 in shootout:
Illegal Curve: Post-game report. Head back to Anaheim to take a look at the numbers and hear post-game audio from Blake Wheeler, Connor Hellebuyck, Jack Roslovic and coach Maurice.