Note: While it matters not since the playoffs aren’t part of the plan for the Jets they picked up their third straight win courtesy of last night’s 3-1 win over the Flames in their second last game of the season. They did have a practice scheduled but the expectation is it will be cancelled. They will conclude their regular season tomorrow afternoon against the Kraken even though the rest of the NHL is done and awaiting the start of the playoffs.
Note II: Even though the Moose weren’t in action last night one AHL game that was played on Friday had a big impact on Manitoba. The Admirals defeated the IceHogs which locked up the third spot in the Central for them and a Central Division Semifinal matchup against the AHL club of Winnipeg. Check out our preview here. It is expected to be a big near sold out crowd for the season finale against the Canucks. Puck drop is at 2 PM.
Note III: The Ice picked up a big game 5 win over the Raiders 8-2 last night in Winnipeg to send Prince Albert back to Saskatchewan courtesy of their 4-1 series lead. They don’t know their next opponent for the second round but I believe they could either face Moose Jaw or if Brandon could comeback in their series (down 3-2 to Red Deer) could make for an all-Manitoba battle. Stay tuned.
Note IV: Be sure to join us on the Illegal Curve Hockey Show today at 9 AM on our YouTube channel and social media platforms. We will be joined by Sara Orlesky (TSN) and Daniel Fink (Moose play-by-by voice).
Sportsnet: Jets should be willing to bet on Dubois’ ascension with contract talks on horizon. The Jets acquired him for centre depth to last them years.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets stay hot with win over Flames as season finale nears. The Ehlers line was chugging away last night.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets’ Dubois has a lot to mull over as new contract looms. If you read the papers in Montreal he has already signed his long-term contract with the Habs.
Calgary Sun: Flames fall in regular-season finale, playoffs up next. Check out the game from the eyes of a writer that covers Calgary.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets playing for pride, douse Flames 3-1.(Paywall). Mike recaps the game from his spot inside Canada Life.
Winnipeg Free Press: Disappointing season nears its end. (Paywall). The players have spoken about how they’d like to end the season but the reality is despite the wins this season cannot end soon enough before the autopsy begins.
Global News: Appleton scores winner as Jets edge Flames for third straight win. Another recap of the game.
TSN: Jets announcer Beyak ‘humbled, overwhelmed’ by support ahead of retirement. Longtime Winnipeg Jets play-by-play announcer Dennis Beyak will retire at the end of this season, after a broadcasting career that spanned over 50 years. He sat down with TSN’s Sara Orlesky to reflect back on his career, and the support he has received from fans and colleagues.
TSN: Chipman on disappointment with Jets playoff drought, says ‘unique’ Beyak leaves ‘big hole to fill’. Mark Chipman, the Executive Chairman of the Board of True North Sports + Entertainment, spoke with TSN’s Sara Orlesky about how hard it has been to process a fourth straight season without the Jets making the playoffs, what approach the franchise will take to get back to winning and shared his well wishes for the voice of the Jets, Dennis Beyak, as he retires.
Sportsnet: Why Dubois could see himself signing long-term in Winnipeg. Jets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois says he honestly hasn’t given it much though, and hasn’t talked with management yet, but says he can see himself signing long-term in Winnipeg, and a chance to play with Kyle Connor is a big factor of why.
JetsTV: Media availability with Chaz Lucius. The 2021 1st rounder spoke today about signing his ELC, his plans for the summer, World Juniors and more.
Illegal Curve Hockey: Moose will face the Admirals in the Central Division Semifinals. After 12 regular season games these two clubs will meet for some more games in the playoffs.
Winnipeg Free Press: Motivated Ice finish off Raiders in blowout. (Paywall). Mike recaps the game from his spot inside the Ice Cave.
Prince Albert Daily Herald: Raiders see their season end after 8-2 game five loss. A view of the game from the perspective of a writer that covers the Ice opponent.