Note: The Jets are back in action and all eyes are gonna be on morning skate with respect to the status of Mark Scheifele who left the Jets game on Tuesday night in the 2nd period after he collided with Blake Wheeler in the 1st. Darren Dreger of TSN suggested last night that the early indications are the injury isn’t serious. Tonight is the third game of the six-game road trip with the Jets taking on the Devils in Newark as New Jersey tries to hold onto their wild card spot in the eastern conference. The team will have a morning skate at 10:30 am central standard time and the Jets pre-game report will set you up as the team prepares for a 6 pm puck drop. Stay tuned throughout the day for any and all Jets news and updates via Twitter | Facebook | Instagram.
Note II: After fighting back from a 2-0 deficit the Moose ultimately fell short and lost 3-2 in a shootout yesterday morning in Milwaukee to the Admirals to kick off this seven game road trip. The Moose are staying in Wisconsin to practice today and are scheduled to hit the ice at 12:30 pm UWM Panther Arena. They will have a couple of days to practice as they prepare for a huge game against a Wolves team in Chicago that is hot on their heels and looks to challenge the Moose for top spot in the central.
Winnipeg Sun: Five keys for Jets vs Devils. Ken’s big matchup pits Josh Morrissey and Dustin Byfuglien vs Taylor Hall. His keys to the game include: 1) Laine keeps scoring. 2) Filling the void left by Scheifele. 3) Stastny fitting right in. 4) Chiarot streaking. 5) Devils rookies rolling.
Winnipeg Sun: Veteran centre Paul Stastny has immediately made Jets better. Hard to argue when you see how well that “third” line is producing. Even just watching him in isolation you see the ability he possesses.
Winnipeg Sun: No news is just that as Scheifele’s status still unknown. It may be time for Jets fans to sing the Seinfeld ditty “get well, get well soon, we want you to get well” as this team is just starting to get players back and healthy.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets weather day off. (Paywall). As the season continues to grind along these chances to rest and recover become even more critical ahead of the real grind of the playoffs.
Sportsnet: Wheeler talks trade deadline, Scheifele, filling in at centre. Jets may have had a day off but the captain was doing some chatting yesterday.
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.
Sportsnet: Wheeler feels fortunate after scary collision with Scheifele. Blake Wheeler tells HC at Noon how lucky he and teammate Mark Scheifele are after their scary collision, and why Paul Stastny is such a perfect fit in between Laine and Ehlers.
TSN 1290 Winnipeg: Laine drawing comparisons to Ovechkin. ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski joined Andrew Paterson and Rick Ralph on the Afternoon Ride. They discussed the comparisons between Laine and Ovechkin, the race for the Rocket Richard trophy, the results of the NHLPA player poll, his impressions of the Winnipeg Jets this year, Connor Hellebuyck’s status as the next great American goaltender and the Western Conference playoff picture.
TSN 1290 Winnipeg: Laine’s shot remains jaw dropping. Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey joined the Big Show live from New Jersey after the club’s win over the Rangers to touch on the team’s play away from home, his favourite road rink to play in and why Patrik Laine continues to surprise his teammates.