Note: The Jets held a very optional practice on Friday as they reset for tonight’s final game of this three-game series against the Leafs. They will get going this morning at 10:30 AM CST for morning skate so stay tuned for the pre-game report. Puck drop is at 6 PM.
Note II: The Moose will also conclude their four-game series this afternoon against Stockton over at the IcePlex as they will look to stop the red-hot Heat who have won eight-straight games. Puck drop is at 2 PM CST.
Note III: Be sure to join us on the Illegal Curve Hockey Show today as we will be chatting all about the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose this morning starting at 9:00 a.m. CT. Today’s guests include Scott Billeck (Winnipeg Sun), Chris Johnston (Sportsnet) and Jessi Pierce (NHLdotcom – Wild coverage). You’ll be able to watch via YouTube live here. If you cannot watch live you will still be able to get the show via Podcast.
The Athletic Winnipeg: As trade rumours swirl, the Jets’ need for defensive help has been exposed in their series against the Leafs. (Paywall). Seems like Ekholm would be a pretty, pretty, pretty solid addition.
Winnipeg Sun: Maurice, staff navigating more uncharted waters amid long road trip. With a unique season it is forcing teams to change up their usual approaches. Important to ensure your players are getting opportunity to rest/recover during such a condensed schedule.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets trying to find balance as high-danger shots pile up. Lots of talk about high-danger chances from the series.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets can’t get caught in the slot. (Paywall). A team like the Leafs is surely gonna make you pay if you give them grade A chances.
Winnipeg Free Press: Never too soon to get better. (Paywall). Lots of talk about what the Jets might do in advance of the trade deadline next month.
The Athletic: Trade fits these 6 contenders should explore ahead of NHL deadline. (Paywall). Two of these involve Mattias Ekholm. One going to the Bruins and other to Jets. Unrelated to this article but on the topic of trade speculation it is probably also worth noting that there were reports on twitter that the Jets had folks (including AGM Larry Simmons) in attendance at Thursday night’s Blue Jackets/Panthers games.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets Setting. Columnist Paul Friesen and sports reporter Scott Billeck discuss the state of the Winnipeg Jets, Pierre-Luc Dubois’s emergence following injury, the blue line and more in the latest edition of Jets Setting.
TSN 1050 Toronto: Leafs Lunch Table with Beyak and McGran. TSN Jets play-by-play voice Dennis Beyak and the Toronto Star’s Kevin McGran join Andi Petrillo and Dave Poulin to discuss the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets at the NHL halfway point.