Note: The Jets have turned the road trip around as they won their third straight game last night winning the first game of three straight in Calgary holding on for a 3-2 win over the Flames. They will get a chance to continue rolling along as the two teams will be back at it tonight at the Saddledome. The only expected change for Winnipeg is Laurent Brossoit in net. Puck drop is at 9 PM CDT. Join us afterwards for our post-game show here (be sure to smash that like/subscribe button).
Note II: The Moose only gave up one goal last night to the Rocket but that one goal early in the 1st period turned out to be the game-winner as Laval won their seventh game in their last eight contests. Manitoba is scheduled to practice today at 12 noon as they get set for a matinee against the Rocket on Sunday.
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. CDT. Today’s guests include Murat Ates (The Athletic Winnipeg), Pascal Vincent (Manitoba Moose head coach) and Hailey Salvian (The Athletic Calgary). 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: Looking for the Jets’ perfect dark horse trade candidate: Could Alex Goligoski be a match? (Paywall). Might the Jets GM go off the board with his
Winnipeg Sun: Jets smother Flames for two periods, ride potent power play to third straight win. It was just the type of performance this team needed as they have now put 11 points between themselves and Calgary (with Winnipeg hold a game in hand).
Winnipeg Free Press: Way too much of a good thing. (Paywall). A little extra hate isn’t hurting anyone but I do agree that too much of a good thing can be a bit much as well. While it seems likely that the NHL isn’t gonna keep this format they would be well served to ensure that Canadian teams play each other more often.
Calgary Sun: Flames playoff hopes fading fast after loss to Jets. While they are still just four points back of the Habs who have the fourth and final spot it is Montreal who holds all the cards with four games in hand. Read about the game from a writer that covers the Jets opponent.
Global News: Jets powerplay paves the way against Flames for third straight win. Give a team like the Jets a 5 on 3 with the firepower they have available and it is a recipe for disaster for their opponents. As Dennis indicated during the broadcast they were 2/2 and then 3/3 when awarded a 5 on 3 advantage. Just too much room paired with an equal amount of skill.
Sportsnet: New Flames structure failing to generate necessary urgency. One of the things we’ve seen from the Jets this season is the team being able to get a win when the team needed to follow up a poor effort. It would appear that the first incarnation of the Thrashers hasn’t been able to get that done.
TSN: Flames’ effort ‘too little, too late’ against Jets. Darryl Sutter has been stressing that he wants more offensive production out of his top-6, and he got that on Friday against the Jets, but it was simply too late. TSN Hockey analyst Jamie McLennan explains why lack of pressure has been killing the Flames’ chances of scoring, and how the Jets’ top players have performed consistently well this season.