Note: The Jets had a busy first day of practice in Finland on Tuesday. The team held another practice today in advance of tomorrow’s first game of the Global Series against the Florida Panthers.
Note II: The Moose concluded their three-game road trip last night in Milwaukee with a big 2-1 win in OT against an Admirals team that was the top team in the Western Conference. Mikhail Berdin made his second consecutive start making 29 saves for his second AHL win while Sami Niku scored a highlight reel goal and added an assist on Mason Appleton’s OT winner. Manitoba has now won five of their last seven games and look like a team starting to find their mojo. They return to Winnipeg today and will hit the ice tomorrow for practice as they get set for four straight games at Bell MTS Place starting Friday against the Wolves.
Note III: A little Halloween fun tonight on NHL This Week as the guys talk about the Winnipeg Jets and NHL on TSN 1290 Winnipeg starting at 7 pm.
Sportsnet: 31 Thoughts. Lots of Jets content including thoughts 4 (Jets interest in Kevin Hayes), 19 (Jets playoff loss to Vegas), 20 (expectations), 21 (Scheifele), 22 (Laine), 23 (Maurice’s coaching life) and 24 (Ehlers).
Winnipeg Sun: Familiar refrain for the Jets goalie despite slow start as Hellebuyck’s confidence doesn’t waver.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets Snapshots. Ken’s list includes: 1) Who’s the daddy? 2) Laine knows what he wants to improve on. 3) Trading places. 4) Perreault recalls Liiga experience.
Winnipeg Free Press: Scheifele playing at elite level, creating most of his own chances. (Paywall). A look at what 55 has been able to achieve this season.
Winnipeg Free Press: Laine looks forward to lining up with Lowry, Tanev. (Paywall). Add a couple of diggers with a shooter and the Jets bench boss is hoping this will be the right formula to produce some offence.
Winnipeg Free Press: Copp works out at centre on fourth line with Roslovic, Lemieux. (Paywall). The blender is out and it will be interesting to see how the lines look for tomorrow’s game and how long they will actually remain as is.
Global News: Finnish frenzy surrounds Winnipeg Jets (and Patrik Laine) before games. Quite the way to grow the game and a good opportunity for the Winnipeg brand to get exposure on such a large scale.
CBC: Jets’ journey to Finland the stuff of dreams. Quite the experience for both the players and the fans.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Q & A with Paul Maurice on his love of reading and what his players read when they’re not playing Fortnite. (Paywall). If you’d like to get to know the Jets bench boss a little more give this a read.
TSN: What’s going on with Laine? Still without an even strength goal through Winnipeg’s first 12 games, Patrik Laine is under the microscope as the Jets battle the Panthers in his native Finland. With Laine expected to play on the third line in front of his hometown fans, That’s Hockey give their thoughts on the demotion, while also touching on Tyler Myers’ contract status.
TSN: Laine taking centre stage in Helsinki. While the Jets kept their lines similar to what was used in Toronto, the story from Helsinki was the local attention given to Patrik Laine and how Jets’ players have adapted to the time change. Sara Orlesky has more.
TSN: Can the Jets game in Finland spark a turnaround in Laine’s game? OverDrive hosts Bryan Hayes, Jeff O’Neill and Jamie McLennan are joined in studio by TSN Hockey analyst Dave Poulin to get his take on Patrik Laine’s slow start to the season and the impact that going to play a game in his home country could spark a turn around.
TSN 1290 Winnipeg: Jets line experimentation may pay off in long run. Jeff Hamilton of the Winnipeg Free Press joined Andrew Paterson and Rick Ralph on the Afternoon Ride. They discussed what the Blue Bombers lineup may look like for Saturday’s final regular season home game, the Winnipeg Jets line changes this season, Connor Hellebuyck’s play and Patrik Laine’s struggles.
TSN 1290 Winnipeg: Laine, Barkov are star attractions at Global Series. Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun is in Finland for the NHL’s Global Series. He joined Andrew Paterson and Rick Ralph on the Afternoon Ride. They discussed the Jets opening days in Finland, Patrik Laine’s move to the Lowry/Tanev line and the rest of the Jets line changes.