Note: The Jets returned to the ice on Tuesday but it wasn’t the entire team as Dustin Byfuglien did not join his teammates on the ice nor did he join them on the road trip as coach Maurice announced that his big D man would be out after suffering a new injury in the game on the 14th against the Avalanche. Speaking of the Avs the Jets are in Colorado to kick off this three-game road trip. Morning skate gets underway at 10:30 CT and the pre-game report will bring you up to speed with the latest lineup news and audio. Puck drop is at 7:30 pm CT.
Note II: The Moose arrived in Toronto on Tuesday and will be in action first thing this morning in a game against the Marlies at 10 am CT. They will be without Tucker Poolman who was recalled to the Jets but may have Marko Dano back in the lineup after blocking a shot against the Wolves on the 15th which forced him to miss the last two games.
Note III: Reminder that with the Jets playing tonight there is no NHL This Week tonight. The show returns next Monday for a special NHL Trade Deadline recap show from 6-8 pm on TSN 1290 Winnipeg.
Winnipeg Sun: Will extra rest benefit Winnipeg against Colorado? Ken’s big matchup is Connor Hellebuyck and Semyon Varlamov. His five keys include: 1) Rest as a weapon. 2) Spreading the love. 3) Power outage. 4) Buckle down. 5) Nice debut.
Winnipeg Sun: Desperate times call for gentler measures for Jets. Can the carrot over the stick approach be the right one? Guess we will find out soon enough.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets and Senators likely dance partners? While the Ottawa contingent of GM Pierre Dorion, assistant GM Peter MacTavish and chief scout Jim Clark have left town there is still plenty of discussion about these two franchises consummating a deal before the deadline. Ken looks at this as well as who Ottawa might be asking about.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets coach hoping absence will make the team grow stronger. (Paywall). Rather than taking an in your face, bark bark bark approach the bench boss of Winnipeg decided to take it down a notch or two on his squad.
Winnipeg Free Press: What’s behind the Jets’ struggles on the power play. (Paywall). Andrew with an interesting take on the important Jets power play.
Winnipeg Free Press: Laine accentuates the positive, despite scoring slump. (Paywall). From the way Mike describes the way he practiced it feels like it is just a matter of time before the sniper starts scoring again.
Sportsnet: Adding Mark Stone would complicate Jets lineup. Sean’s notebook covers Stone and how it would complicate the lineup as well as power play discussion.
Sportsnet: 31 Thoughts. Couple of Winnipeg mentions including 2 (Duchene), 4 (Stone), and 11 (Jets will be aggressive).
Illegal Curve: What Patrik Laine’s cold streak could mean for Winnipeg at trade deadline. Cap Friendly introduced this thought about Patrik Laine if the Jets sniper is unable to finish in the top 10 of NHL goal scoring by the end of the season.
Jets prospect news:
The Athletic: Why Jets prospect Dylan Samberg has the making of a modern-day shutdown defenceman. (Paywall). One of the top Jets prospects not playing pro hockey, there is quite a bit of excitement surrounding the Minnesota product.
TSN 1050 Toronto: Bob McKenzie chats Duchene, the Leafs & the Jets ahead of the Deadline. TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie checked in with OverDrive to discuss Panarin being out sick, the Senators choosing to sit Matt Duchene, Mark Stone & a potential Leafs/Bruins playoff matchup.
TSN 1200 Ottawa: Jets don’t want to part with top prospect Jack Roslovic. Winnipeg Sun’s Ken Wiebe on all the trade winds blowing between the Jets and Sens, Patrik Laine’s drought, Senators looking at Jets top prospects and why Jets looking at Stone over Duchene.