Note: The Jets had a good Friday night as they beat the Canucks 4-1. Connor Hellebuyck continued his strong play this season, Kyle Connor was flying and Winnipeg’s point streak hits four games (3W 1SOL). The team is scheduled to practice today at 11:20 am at Bell MTS Place as they get ready to face the Stars tomorrow afternoon. Be sure to check back for the Practice Report.
Note II: The Moose picked up an important 4-0 win over the IceHogs last night. They wrap up their road trip tonight in Chicago against the Wolves. Lots of players had an impact on the game which you can see here.
Note III: We’ve got quite a bit to talk about so join us for some Winnipeg Jets and NHL hockey talk on the Illegal Curve Hockey Show on TSN 1290 Winnipeg starting at 9 am. Lots of great guests including Dallas GM Jim Nill. Check it out here.
The Athletic Winnipeg: With Blake Wheeler and Patrik Laine struggling, the Jets are getting by on hard work and heart. (Paywall). It ain’t gonna come easily for this Jets team all season long but perhaps if they can continue to bank points despite the overall team analytics, they could put themselves into a good position.
The Athletic Winnipeg: A tale of two Jets rookies: David Gustafsson sticks around as Ville Heinola heads home. (Paywall). Don’t think many expected these two to get as many games in North America as they both achieved. They are both very nice prospects for this organization and Ken looks at the Nordic duo.
Winnipeg Sun: New-look Jets power-play ignites win over Canucks. The Jets appear to be turning things around and doing that on special teams will have a big impact on the results.
Winnipeg Free Press: Hellebuyck backstops Jets to 4-1 win over Canucks. (Paywall). Mike recaps the action from his spot inside Bell MTS Place.
Winnipeg Free Press: Finnish forward finds recipe for success. (Paywall). I’ve liked Joona Luoto’s game since training camp and when he was down with the Moose. It felt like I had blinders on as I expected him to be one of the first guy’s recalled to the big club. You can expect him to make the most of this opportunity.
Sportsnet: Kyle Connor helps Jets beat Canucks for the ninth time in a row. Connor certainly seems like he’s got his game back in order.
Sportsnet: Canucks plagued by penalties as losing streak vs. Jets continues. Read a recap of the game from a writer that covers the Jets opposition.
The Athletic: How NHL teams cope after losing a star to injury in a salary cap world. (Paywall). Eric writes about the loss of Bryan Little in his notebook column.
Illegal Curve: Ville Heinola reassigned. The 2019 1st round pick of the Jets will go from the Moose to Lukko Rauma of the Liiga.
TSN: Roslovic shines on new line with Wheeler and Ehlers. With the slew of injuries to the Jets, Blake Wheeler was moved to the middle between Jack Roslovic and Nikolaj Ehlers. Dennis Beyak and Kevin Sawyer explain how Roslovic thrived on the new line and also touch on the strong play of Connor Hellebuyck.
Sportsnet: 31 Thoughts Podcast . The dribs and drabs of news regarding Dustin Byfuglien continued on Thursday. This time is was via Elliotte Friedman chats on the which you can read about and listen to.
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.