Note: The Jets won their third straight game with last night 3-0 win over the Rangers in New York although it may have come at a high cost as Mark Scheifele sustained an upper-body injury when he collided with Blake Wheeler in the 2nd period. Winnipeg has an off day today so we likely won’t get an update until tomorrow when they take to the ice in Newark ahead of their game against the Devils. On the positive side of things Patrik Laine had a natural hat trick (the fourth trick of his young career) and Steve Mason picked up his first shutout of the season in his first start since returning from injury.
Note II: The Moose kick off their seven game road trip today in Milwaukee as they take on the Admirals at 10:30 AM CST. For most of the season Manitoba hasn’t had to look over their shoulders as they built themselves a significant lead in the standings but the Chicago Wolves have come hard charging and now sit just five points back. The good news for the Moose is they have been an excellent team on the road and with the addition of Michael Hutchinson back into the fold have a top goalie tandem in the league. Update: Moose fell short in their comeback effort after erasing a 2-0 deficit losing 3-2 in a shootout.
The Athletic Winnipeg: On Patrik Laine’s shooting technique, and his odds of passing Alex Ovechkin for the Rocket Richard. (Paywall). Certainly a topic du jour with the way the Jets sniper has been scoring these days.
NHL .com: Stastny adds smarts, skill to Jets. The Jets “third line” really got a big boost when they added the savvy veteran centre to the roster and his addition certainly hasn’t hurt his linemates Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine.
Winnipeg Sun: Mason, Laine lead Jets over Rangers; Scheifele leaves game. It was a big win but it may have come at a cost. Ken breaks down the contest.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets Snapshots. Includes 1) Laine excited for trip to Finland. 2) Praise flows for sniper. 3) Tanev waits patiently.
Winnipeg Free Press: Laine, Mason take a bite out of the Big Apple in Jets 3-0 win over Rangers. (Paywall). Mike recaps the game from New York city.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets veterans, rookies in awe of Madison Square Garden. (Paywall). They don’t call it the World’s most famous arena for nothing.
New York Post: Despite blanking, Rangers getting lift from new acquisition. Read about the game from someone covering the Jets competition.
The Athletic Winnipeg: How the Jets can get the most out of Matt Hendricks. (Paywall). Murat digs into the numbers behind the veteran forward.
TSN: Button discusses Laine’s pure scoring ability, Scheifele’s latest injury. Is Patrik Laine the best shooter in the NHL right now? Craig Button shares his thoughts on Laine’s pure scoring ability and discusses Mark Scheifele’s latest injury and how Winnipeg is built to weather the injury.
TSN: Will Laine join Ovechkin as a perennial 40-50 goal scorer? Does Patrik Laine project as a perennial 30-40 goal scorer? Or could we see him challenge Alexander Ovechkin in the 40-50 goals per season range? Tim Hortons That’s Hockey debates.