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Note II: The 2019 playoffs get underway today as the Jets welcome the Blues to town for game 1 of their Western Conference series. Morning skate gets underway at 10:30 am at Bell MTS Place so be sure to check out the pre-game report for the latest news and audio.
Note III: The Moose will hit the ice for a final day of practice before hitting the road tomorrow to begin the final road trip of the regular season. Gets underway at the IcePlex at 10:30 am.
Sportsnet: Finishing Touches. Kristina with an in-depth read on the Jets Finnish sniper.
Winnipeg Sun: Unlikely dance partners. Ken with plenty in this article ahead of the tonight’s game.
Winnipeg Sun: Hero wanted in Jets series against Blues. Who will be the guy who steps up his game? Any predictions?
Winnipeg Sun: Jets Snapshots. In this one Paul covers: 1) Laine may not be scoring, but says Jets will beat Blues. 2) Little says playoff reset just what team needed. 3) Lowry looking for ‘pound of flesh’. 4) Big Buff planning big speech?
Winnipeg Free Press: Steen has two teams to cheer for. (Paywall). Little divided loyalty for the Jets 1.0 centre.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets have to step up game at both ends of the rink to beat Blues. (Paywall). Andrew looks behind the numbers.
Winnipeg Free Press: Beaulieu bounced from Jets lineup with Morrissey’s return. (Paywall). Looks like Jets coach Paul Maurice wasn’t to make as little change on the backend as possible simply replacing one D man with another.
Winnipeg Free Press: Ehlers eager to generate offence after last year’s playoff drought. (Paywall). He will be a big piece of the puzzle if the Jets are to go deep this season because they’ll need contributions across the board.
St. Louis Post Dispatch: ‘Fun games coming up … We are ready for a battle’. (Requires survey). If you’d like a look at the Jets opposition check out what their beat writer is writing about them.
Globe and Mail: Ready for takeoff as reborn Jets ignite Winnipeg’s hockey fanaticism. Always good to read Roy’s thoughts on the Jets.
The Athletic Winnipeg: How to beat the Blues: A guide to a first-round victory for the Jets. (Paywall). Murat provides his guide on how the Jets can defeat their first round opponent.
The Athletic: Jets – Blues Preview. (Paywall). Dom takes a look at the numbers behind this series.
NBC Sports: Limping into the playoffs, Jets still confident vs. Blues. Scott looks ahead at the upcoming series.
Sportsnet: Jets need to turn switch on in order to beat Blues in Round 1. Lots of talk of this so called switch. We’ve chatted with quite a few former NHLers who say it ain’t all that easy to do but perhaps the Jets can hit this mythical button and get their engines firing on all cylinders.
Sportsnet: Matching up Jets and Flames against first-round playoff opponents. Andrew looks at some of the numbers behind the two squads.
Official Jets site: Connor becomes key scoring threat for Jets, set to face Blues in playoffs. He is going to be relied upon in a big way.
Official Jets site: Jets blue line fully intact heading into postseason. Certainly ideal for this team that the band is all back together ahead of the grind that is the playoffs.
The Hockey News: Tale of the Tape between the Jets and Blues. Another preview of the upcoming series.
ESPN: Jets vs. Blues series preview, pick. And another preview.
Global News: Jets believe they can soar in the playoffs. Can they leave the Blues in the dust?
Global News: Jets to get air support at first playoff game. Always love the fly over (even though I’m inside Bell MTS Place) but our photogs capture it so well that you feel like you’re there.
Global News: All eyes on Binnington when Blues face off against Jets. No doubt the rookie netminder will be a major focal point throughout this series.
CBC: Elementary school students offer up playoff advice for Winnipeg Jets. The kids are backing the local NHL squad.
CBC: Jets Whiteout street parties get $400,000 shot from province. I’m very curious to see how these events measure up to what we witnessed last season. Will the organized nature of the event dimish the “fun” we witnessed courtesy of the organic nature last season? Stay tuned.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets Setting. Jets writer Ken Wiebe and reporter Scott Billeck breakdown the Round 1 matchup between the Winnipeg Jets and St. Louis Blues in this week’s edition of Jets Setting.
Jets official site: Previewing the Jets opening the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Blues. JetsTV is joined by TSN’s Paul Edmonds to preview the first round.
Sportsnet: Byfuglien, Laine & Morrissey will be key for Jets to down Blues. The Hockey Central panel discuss what will need to happen for the Winnipeg Jets to beat the St. Louis Blues and make a long playoff run.
TSN: Post to Post. Jordan Binnington has been one of the hottest goaltenders heading into the playoffs but will his lack of playoff experience hinder him against Connor Hellebuyck and the Jets? Jamie McLennan weighs in on Post 2 Post.
TSN: Laine not the only Jets player looking to elevate his game in the playoffs. Patrik Laine had a five-goal game against the Blues back in November, but that was before Jordan Binnington was called up and St. Louis went on its run. Laine’s scoring slumps throughout this season have been well documented, and he enters this postseason looking for a fresh start, but he’s not the only Jets player looking to elevate his game in the playoffs. Sara Orlesky has more.
TSN: Can Jets regain scoring touch against Blues? While the Jets have the advantage on paper with their forwards, their scoring has been down as of late. Can they turn things around against the Blues? The TH panel shares its thoughts.
TSN: Maurice and Jets ready to go. Jets head coach Paul Maurice sits down with TSN Hockey Insider to look ahead to the first round of the playoffs, what he wants the label to be for his team, how the difficult stretch run should benefit his team, Patrik Laine’s goal-scoring struggles, the return of Josh Morrissey and much more.
TSN: ‘Crucial’ for Laine to get his game going. How important is it that the struggling Patrick Laine gets his game going for the Jets to have success in their opening round series against the Blues? Darren Dreger weighs in, and also discusses how different the vibe feels around Winnipeg entering the postseason this year compared to last season.
TSN 1290 Winnipeg: Chat with GM Kevin Cheveldayoff. He discussed the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, how the Jets match-up vs. St. Louis, the performance of the Jets trade deadline acquisitions and the Manitoba Moose push for the playoffs.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Net Front Presence. Post-Dispatch Blues reporter Tom Timmermann joined columnist Jeff Gordon to analyze the first-round matchup between the Blues and Jets.
TSN Edmonton 1260: There’s a sense this Jets team has fallen off heading into the playoffs. Murat Ates from The Athletic joins Lowetide to preview the Winnipeg Jets opening round series versus the St. Louis Blues.
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.