Note: The Jets practiced on Sunday with plenty of questions marks remaining as Andrew Copp and Nikolaj Ehlers were skating in a non-contact uniform while neither Paul Stastny or Pierre-Luc Dubois took part. The Jets haven’t yet put out the schedule for the week but the expectation is the team will practice over the next couple of days before they leave for Edmonton on Tuesday to kick off their playoff series against the Oilers. Stay tuned for a Practice Report.
Note II: The Moose concluded their regular season on Sunday in Ottawa with a 6-1 loss to the Senators. While the season may be over there is still plenty of content to come as today Manitoba will hold their end of season media availability. And we are hosting an end of season roundtable on Tuesday at 5 PM on our IC YouTube channel which will feature Manitoba GM Craig Heisinger and head coach Pascal Vincent as well as some players.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Five ways the Winnipeg Jets could beat the Edmonton Oilers. (Paywall). Murat lays out his five principals including: 1) Jets forwards reload like their lives depend on it. 2) Connor Hellebuyck outplays Connor McDavid. 3) Mark Scheifele walks the walk. 4) The Jets expose the Oilers “soft underbelly”. 5) Ehlers/Stastny/Copp/Dubois play their best.
Global News: Do Jets have what it takes to upset the Oilers? Ken attempts to answer the question on the minds of most folks who follow thos the local NHL club.
Winnipeg Sun: Hellebuyck’s confidence radiates out to rest of Jets. The top netminder for the Jets certainly has a unique approach.
Winnipeg Sun: Getting Ehlers back in line-up paramount for Jets in series with Oilers. Probably no more critical player to this team (other than Connor Hellebuyck).
Winnipeg Free Press: Key players could be on limp. (Paywall). As I wrote about in the notes there are plenty of question marks right now with this club.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets have a Helly of a chance. (Paywall). When you have a top goalie in the NHL you’ve always got a chance.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Which Winnipeg Jets have the most to gain — and lose — in the 2021 NHL playoffs. (Paywall). Murat breaks down which players and management could be gainers and losers from these playoffs.
Sportsnet: Jets need Dubois to find his form to have success vs. Oilers. There has been a lot of mixed reaction to the blockbuster deal but all of that could be forgotten if he is able to replicate what he did in last year’s playoff bubble.
TSN: Ehlers practices in non-contact jersey; Jets hopeful he could be cleared for Game 1. Nikolaj Ehlers, who has been sidelined since April 24 with an upper-body injury, practiced Sunday in a non-contact jersey but his status is still up in the air for Wednesday’s Game 1 against the Oilers. The Jets discuss how big of an impact Ehlers’ potential return could be for the team.
TSN: Hellebuyck maintains sole focus is winning the Cup, embracing underdog role. Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck maintains that his sole focus is to win the Stanley Cup, and explains how he is embracing the underdog role this season. Meanwhile, the Jets say they are planning to feed off their goalie’s confidence, and discuss whether their playoff experience could be the difference in the series against the Oilers.