Note: The Jets are scheduled to practice today at 11 am as they kick off their 2017-18 playoffs. Thanks to the Boston loss last night we now know the full schedule (game 4 status was still up in the air depending on who won the Atlantic Division). The Jets Practice Report will get you up to speed with all the latest Jets news including who was and who was not skating today.
Note II: The Moose dropped a tough one yesterday afternoon as they gave up four goals in the 3rd period to allow the Condors to fly away back to Bakersfield with the win. It wasn’t all bad news for Manitoba as they found out on Saturday night that they had clinched a playoff spot for the first time since returning to the province. The team has the day off today and will practice on Tuesday ahead of their final three games on the road to conclude the regular season.
NBC Sports: Home crowd can help fuel long playoff run for Jets. While the players still have to play the game on the ice the atmosphere inside Bell MTS Place is sure to be electric. The Jets will have to hope this gives them an extra bump to what is already the best home team in the NHL.
NHLcom: Jets ready for whiteout, looking for extended postseason run. Cannot believe it has been 31 years since a series win. Of course this reincarnated team is simply looking for their first win but it isn’t unreasonable to think that we could be a seeing series win or four this spring.
The Athletic Winnipeg: The 2017-18 Jets are the best team in Winnipeg’s NHL history. (Paywall). Good thing Murat qualified it by saying NHL otherwise there would have been a number of folks with memories that date back to the WHA days who would have a bone to pick with him.
The Athletic Winnipeg: A Winnipeg Jets vs. Minnesota Wild series preview by the numbers. (Paywall). While the expectation is a Jets series win you shouldn’t count out the Wild entirely with a look at the numbers.
Winnipeg Sun: Maurice and Cheveldayoff can take a bow for Jets’ record-breaking season. Something tells me neither will be particularly pleased until they’ve achieved the goals they set ahead of the start of the season.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets goalie Hellebuyck a strong Vezina candidate after 44-win season. No question he has put forth a solid effort but I tend to think he will end up third behind Rinne and Vasilevskiy. Ted makes the argument for the Jets netminder.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets playoff quest starts with home games Wednesday and Friday against Wild. Bell MTS Place is gonna be rocking in a few days.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets go Wild in playoff opener. (Paywall). Mike and Jason take a look at the upcoming series with the Jets closest geographic foe.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Jets will come at the Wild in waves in first round of NHL playoff. A view of the Jets from a beat writer that covers the Wild.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Wild defense has been groomed for this moment. They are certainly going to be put to the test with the offence that the Jets can generate.
Illegal Curve: Condors take off in 3rd period to beat Moose 4-3. It seemed like the Moose were primed to end this eight-game homestand on a high note but they let victory slip through their grasp. Some thoughts of the game as well as post-game interviews with Jacob Cederholm, Sami Niku, Mason Appleton and coach Vincent.
Winnipeg Free Press: Humboldt Broncos coach made impact on Moose forward Darren Kramer. (Paywall). The hockey community is a small one so it isn’t a surprise that someone here is tied to one of the victims.