Note: The Jets were off on Monday but still making some news as Patrik Laine was named the Second Star of the Week by the NHL for his 2G 6A performance last week. According to Jets PR he set a franchise mark for assists through the first 7 games of a season. Today they turn their focus on the Arizona Coyotes who got to town on Sunday. Morning skate gets underway at 10:30 am so be sure to check back for the projected lines, D pairs and pre-game audio in our pre-game report. Puck drop is at 7 pm.
Note II: The Moose were back on the ice on Monday following a weekend sweep at the hands of the Marlies. Coach Vincent provided an update on Sami Niku. He also indicated that captain Peter Stoykewych was potentially dealing with something but he wouldn’t know until the end of the day. They’ll hit the ice for practice again today as they get set to face the Wild on the weekend.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets look for bounce back game against lowly Coyotes. Paul’s big matchup is Connor Hellebuyck vs punchless Coyotes. His five keys to the game include: 1) Erase the memory of Sunday. 2) Bounce-back from the top line. 3) Time to get the grinders involved. 4) About that power play. 5) Eye on the blue line.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets left grounded after Penguins drubbing. Scott reflects on the loss that the Jets suffered on Sunday.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets facing power play struggles. (Paywall). I was joking on Sunday that they need to request their power be turned back on by Manitoba Hydro cause one of the deadliest tools in their arsenal from last season has been anything but deadly this season.
Winnipeg Free Press: Hard to predict which Jets team will show up on nightly basis. (Paywall). Mike writes about the roller-coaster ride the Jets have taken their fans on since the beginning of the season.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Jets’ blowout loss a one-off or cause for concern? 3 keys to avoiding lopsided results. (Paywall). Ken’s keys include: 1) Sort out the power play issues. 2) Generate more secondary scoring. 3) Get consistent goaltending.
The Athletic Winnipeg: How the Jets can build off a solid start and maximize their positives. (Paywall). Murat offers up his notebook to the Jets bench boss including: 1) Find Adam Lowry some help. 2) Consider Nikolaj Ehlers on PP1. 3) Build a Franken-D. 4) Consider splitting up Scheifele and Wheeler. 5) Believe in the youth.
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.