Note: On Tuesday the Jets indicated that captain Blake Wheeler was “symptomatic positive” for COVID and sadly it may not be isolated according to insider Frank Seravalli who indicated today that Winnipeg is bracing for more positive Covid-19 tests.
Note II: While the temperature in Manitoba is supposed to be cooling off it is getting hot in here after the Jets blew the final game of the season opening road trip last night in St. Paul when the Wild stormed back for a 6-5 OT win. Today the team is off as they prepare for the home opener on Thursday against the Ducks.
Note III: The Moose are coming off a 5-0 win on Sunday and will close out the three-game road trip to start the season tonight in Laval as they take on the Rocket. Puck drop is at 6:30 PM CDT.
Note IV: Dmitri Rashevsky’s motor never seems to stop. The Jets 2021 5th rounder put home the OT winner for his 13th goal in 19 games for Dynamo. It ties him for the KHL lead in goals. He also had an assist in the win for Moscow. Puts him 11th overall in scoring: 19GP 13G 6A 19PTS. See it here.
Sportsnet: The Jets, Wild and a crazy, unlikely finish: ‘Tough way to lose’. If you’re the Jets you don’t like reading the line in this piece that this “was the first time a team-challenged overturned empty net goal lead to a complete flip of the game result”.
Sportsnet: Concerning trends emerging for Jets ahead of home opener. Bit of an understatement in that headline as the Jets do not look like the Jets many folks anticipated.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets blow third-period lead, lose to Wild in OT. It was a less than ideal game. Scott reacted to the loss.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Wild shocks Winnipeg for 6-5 overtime win in home opener. Read about the game from a writer who covers the Jets opponent.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets blow late lead in 6-5 OT loss to Wild. (Paywall). Mike was in St. Paul last night and filed this game story.
Winnipeg Free Press: Second coming of Russian Revolution. (Paywall). Time to get out your Sergei Bautin jerseys.
The Athletic Winnipeg: Paul Maurice’s decisions, Mark Scheifele’s urgency and Cole Perfetti’s plan. (Paywall). You had lots of questions for Murat. So much so that he split his most recent mailbag into a two parter.
Sportsnet: 32 Thoughts. Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck mentioned in point 19 about how he gave up some goals in the first pair of games.
TSN: Could Connor join the 50-goal club this season? With three goals in three games, TSN Hockey analyst Mike Johnson discusses what makes Kyle Connor so dangerous in the offensive zone and his chances of joining the 50-goal club this season.
TSN: How should Jets adjust to loss of Wheeler? Jets captain Blake Wheeler has to be in quarantine for at least 10 days due to COVID-19 protocol, so in what areas will his loss hurt the most, and how does Winnipeg adjust? Craig Button joins That’s Hockey to discuss.