Note: The Jets kicked off their ten-game home stand with a massive 3-1 win over Tampa Bay who came into last night’s game as the top team in the NHL. In addition to the victory which was the Jets 30th of the season they continued their home dominance improving to 18-3-1 at Bell MTS Place. The game was also the 100th of Michael Hutchinson’s career and was clearly one the goalie relished. The Jets are scheduled to practice at 12 noon today.
Note II: The Moose are reconnecting today in Rockford where they will have an informal skate as they get ready to kick off six straight games on the road. The Moose are 17-4-1 in 22 road games this season and have points in eleven straight on the road (10-0-1). Friday’s game against the IceHogs will mark the first of 17 straight against the central division.
Note III: Today is #BellLetsTalk day which is a day to help break the silence around mental illness and support mental health, a subject which I’ve previously written about. I think, especially in these polarizing times, it is important to reiterate that while you may be passionate about the subject of sport please try and think before you tweet. Sometimes waiting that extra second or two can make a huge difference in someone’s life.
Sportsnet: 31 Thoughts. First part is about Hutchinson and number 11 is about Jets potentially looking for a left side D man. 25-28 are about Moose coach Pascal Vincent.
Winnipeg Free Press: Stanley Cup contender better than two-buck hot dog. (Paywall). Don’t think there is any questions as to what folks in this town would like to see.
Winnipeg Sun: Hutchinson makes 23 saves in triumphant return to Jets. Quite the night in Winnipeg and Ken breaks down the game.
Winnipeg Free Press: Hutch clutch, helps Jets to 3-1 win over Bolts in return to NHL action. (Paywall). Mike breaks down last night’s battle of two of the top teams in the league.
Winnipeg Free Press: Buff, Myers to see minutes go up after Trouba goes down with injury. (Paywall). Never gonna hear these guys complaining about seeing more minutes every game.
Tampa Bay Times: Vasilevskiy sits in loss to Jets. A look at the game from the perspective of a beat writer that covers the Jets opposition.
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Illegal Curve: Post-game report. Head back inside Bell MTS Place to take a look at the numbers and hear post-game audio from Blake Wheeler, Michael Hutchinson, Kyle Connor and coach Maurice.
TSN: Jets’ depth on display in statement win. Missing a number of key players due to injury, the Jets’ depth was on full display against the NHL-leading Lightning. Jamie McLennan discusses the statement win and talks about how important Winnipeg’s depth will be during the postseason.
Sportsnet: With Jacob Trouba out are Jets shopping for defence. NHL insider Elliotte Friedman joins David Amber to discuss the injury to Winnipeg Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba