Note: The Jets wrapped up this three-game homestand last night when they defeated the Flames 2-1 to close out the three-game homestand. Today they were scheduled to practice but have cancelled and will instead take off directly for California to kick off three games on the road.
Note II: The Moose look to stay hot at home having gone 3-0-1-0 during the first four games of this six game homestand and overall are on a 15-1-1-1 run since Christmas. They will need to bring their A game this afternoon when they welcome the San Diego Gulls to town for a pair of games starting with today’s game at 2 pm. Fans will get to see former Jets prospect Chase De Leo in his first game back in Winnipeg since being traded last summer and Jets prospect Kristian Vesalainen who I confirmed last night will return to the lineup after playing in the KHL.
Sportsnet: Jets fend off tough schedule, begin to reclaim playoff identity. No question the strength of schedule for the Jets has been tough the last few weeks but probably not a bad thing considering the way they want be playing come April.
Winnipeg Sun: Perreault supplies game winner for Jets. A big victory for the Jets over the top team in the Western Conference. Ken breaks down the win by the local NHL squad.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets douse Flames with 2-1 victory. (Paywall). Mike with his thoughts on the game from his spot inside Bell MTS Place.
Calgary Sun: Playoff atmosphere in the air as Jets down Flames. Read about the game from the perspective of someone who covers the Jets opposition.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Connolly Gamble’s bond with his brothers saved his life; his bond with Adam Lowry changed the way he lives it. (Paywall). He’s a great kid and Murat looks at his connections to this team.
TSN: Jets powered by Hellebuyck and defence in win over Flames. Connor Hellebuyck stood tall for the Jets as they managed to edge the Flames and what stood out to Craig Button was Winnipeg’s tight defensive effort and explains how the style of game the Jets are currently playing is how you want to be playing heading into the playoffs.
Illegal Curve Hockey Show Replay:
Topics: Jets/Bruins Recap, The state of Connor Hellebuyck’s game, Kristian Vesalainen is reassigned to the Manitoba Moose and may play Sunday versus the San Diego Gulls, The deep Jack Adams Award field
Guests: Mike McIntyre (Winnipeg Free Press), Danny Austin (Calgary Flames reporter for Postmedia).
To listen to part 1 click here.
Topics: Is Buffalo Sabres Head Coach Phil Housley in danger of losing his job, Saturday Morning You Bet Your Jet “We’ll-Call-YOU” Bonus Play contest, Jets/Flames Preview, The improbable run of the Arizona Coyotes
Guests: Mike Kelly (Analyst for TSN, NHL Network, The Point Hockey), Lou Korac (St.Louis Blues correspondent for NHL.com), Brad Schlossman (covers college hockey for Grand Forks Herald).
To listen to part 2 click here.
I also appear on the Illegal Curve Hockey Show every Saturday on TSN 1290 Winnipeg starting at 9 am.
And I occasionally jump in the play-by-play booth at Bell MTS Place to provide colour analysis during Manitoba Moose games.