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Latest Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose news.

Note:  The Jets welcome the Bruins to town as they close out this six-game homestand looking to go a perfect 6/6.  Jets skate at 10:30 am and our Jets pre-game report will set things up.  Stay tuned throughout the day for any and all Jets news and updates via Twitter |Facebook | Instagram.

Note II:  Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff  joined Andrew Paterson and Rick Ralph in studio on the afternoon ride yesterday. They discussed the Winnipeg Jets win over Nashville, clinching a playoff berth, the number of draft picks currently in the Jets lineup and what the future holds for the franchise.  It runs for 39 minutes and you can listen to it here.

Note III:  The Moose were doubled up 4-2 last night by the Icehogs in the third game of this eight-game homestand.  The team was scheduled to practice today out at the IcePlex but have cancelled the on-ice portion.

Jets news:

Winnipeg Sun:  Five keys to Jets vs Bruins.  The big matchup is Dustin Byfuglien vs Brad Marchand. Ken’s keys include: 1) Blake Wheeler as Mr. Consistency. 2) Connor stays hot. 3) Bergeron is back. 4) Laine getting looks. 5) What will Khudobin do?

Winnipeg Sun:  Jets SnapshotsIncludes 1) X marks the spot for Jets. 2) Trouba cleared for contact. 3) Backup time around the corner.

Winnipeg Free Press:  Trouba OKed for contact.  (Paywall). While he won’t be a player tonight (unless he flew to Finland to drink some Finnish milk) the Jets got more good news when he shed the yellow non-contact uniform for the red that defencemen wear.

Winnipeg Free Press:  Hellebuyck hopes to continue making it look easy.  (Paywall).  Slow and steady wins the race for the Jets top netminder.

Connor Hellebuyck ready to face shot

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

CBC:  Playoff-bound Jets trying to tamp down expectationsNot really that shocking if you’ve been in the room all season long.  This team will not allow future talk to creep into their conversations with us.  The focus is on the next game, not anything in the future.

Illegal Curve:  Jets Practice ReportIncludes pre-practice notes, practice notes, health news (Trouba, Hutchinson & Mason) as well as audio from Myers, Connor, Scheifele and coach Maurice.

Jets video:

TSN:  Jets’ defensive structure could be key in playoffs.  Pierre LeBrun will be travelling with the Jets through the first round of the playoffs and he explains how their defensive structure could be the main factor in determining how far they can go in the post-season.

TSN:  Connor’s brilliance has Jets soaring high.  The Jets have found themselves back in the playoffs and having already set a franchise-record for points in a season, it has been a result of many players stepping up their games, including rookie Kyle Connor. Sara Orlesky reports.

Sportsnet:  How bad do you want to see a Jets and Predators series?  Tim and Sid breakdown the exciting match up between the Winnipeg Jets and the Nashville Predators and pose the question of whether a 7-game series between the two would be among the best.

Sportsnet:  Is it time for the Jets to ditch the Whiteout tradition after years of losing?  Hockey Central @ Noon looks at the Winnipeg tradition of the whiteout, and wonder if there are ways to improve it based on the bad luck the Jets have had in the playoffs.

Jets audio:

TSN 1050 Toronto:  Lots of room for growth in Laine’s game.   Jets head coach Paul Maurice joins OverDrive to discuss the Jets clinching a playoff spot in the West, Patrik Laine continuing to grow as an elite player, plus his takeaways from a marquee matchup against the Predators last night.

TSN 1040 Vancouver:  No weakness in Jets organization except health.  TSN’s Jamie McLennan says the Winnipeg Jets are poised to do something special in the playoffs. Jamie says the Jets have the depth you need to make a long playoff run, adding the best $9-million spent was on Steve Mason as he pushed Connor Hellebuyck to show he’s a legitimate starting NHL goaltender.

TSN 1290 Winnipeg:  Jets are right on the Predators’ heels.  TSN’s Bob McKenzie joined the Big Show after the Jets clinched a playoff spot to talk about the club’s journey to get there, Kyle Connor and Josh Morrisey’s season as well as if Winnipeg and Nashville are the top two teams in the NHL.

Moose news:

Illegal Curve:  Moose gored by Icehogs in 4-2 lossSome pre-game notes, a look at the lineup, a game recap, a scoring summary, game notes as well as post-game interview.