Note: The Jets held an informative practice on Sunday in Winnipeg although out of the media availability there were a number of lineup questions which will have to be answered today. Which means you should stay tuned to game day skate which gets going at 10:30 AM CT so check back to the pre-game report for updates as well as for the media availability with players and coach Paul Maurice. Puck drop is at 7 PM. Join us afterwards for our post-game show here (be sure to smash that like/subscribe button).
Note II: The Moose just refuse to lose games these days as they swept the Marlies with their 4-3 win on Sunday to run their points streak to 11 games (10-0-0-1). The Moose head to Ottawa today where they will take on the Belleville Senators in a four-game series to conclude the 2021 AHL season. The first game of the series is tomorrow night.
Winnipeg Sun: Five Keys to the Game. Scott’s list includes: 1) Use the opportunities given. 2) Boeser beware. 3) Backup cheat code. 4) Calling on Connor. 5) Nothing to lose.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets Snapshots. Scott covers: 1) The lines shuffle again 2) Pionk returns 3) Brossoit starts 4) players get jealous of new vaccine rules.
Winnipeg Free Press: Believe it or not…. Jets ready for takeoff. (Paywall). Having recently watched Borat this headline makes me think of Sacha Baron Cohen meeting with the humour coach. “I do believe it….pause……not”. While teams don’t have to be firing on all cylinders in order to have playoff success the opposite isn’t likely to be a recipe for it either.
Winnipeg Free Press: U.S. teams will live in COVID protocol luxury while Canadian clubs toe the line during NHL playoffs. (Paywall). Given the state of the situation in our country not much else to be done under the circumstances.
Sportsnet: Amid offensive woes, Jets limp toward playoffs facing identity crisis. Too many talented players on this Jets club not finding the back of the net during this stretch.
Edmonton Sun: Are Oilers’ preferred playoff foe Jets or Canadiens? From the perspective of those who cover the Oilers but insight into which team they think would be better for Edmonton to face in the playoffs.
Sportsnet: Despite recent struggles, Jets prepared for playoffs. Sean Reynolds and Ken Wiebe discuss the Winnipeg Jets recent struggles and what kind of impact Pierre-Luc Dubois could have in the playoffs.
TSN: Despite struggling at home, the Jets prepare for the playoffs. Although the Jets haven’t been performing their best while at home in the Bell MTS Place, the team believes that they know what changes are needed heading into the playoffs in order to turn things around and overcome their regular season anxieties.
Illegal Curve: The Moose beat the Marlies 4-3 to sweep series and run points streak to eleven games. A look at the roster, a game recap, notewothy factoids, post-game media availability and more.
Illegal Curve Hockey Show:
Topics: Jets end seven-game losing streak with a 4-0 win over Calgary, Jets/Senators Preview, Ville Heinola gets nod for second straight game, Update from Jets game day skate, Paul Maurice’s coaching philosophy.
Guest: Mike McIntyre (Winnipeg Free Press).
To listen to part 1 click here.
Topics: Jets/Senators Preview continued, What does Ville Heinola have to do in the last four games to earn a starting spot in the playoffs, Manitoba Moose on a nine-game points streak, Moose/Marlies Preview
Guests: Ian Mendes (The Athletic Ottawa) and Jeff O’Neill (Former NHL player, OverDrive on TSN 1050 Radio).
To listen to part 2 click here.