Note: The Jets did everything but outscore the Wild last night in Winnipeg as they controlled the majority of play but with Connor Hellebuyck at mere mortal status, with a completely powerless power play the home team fell 3-2 to the visitors. That’s already the third time (of three meetings so far) that they’ve lost to their division rival. Today the Jets were scheduled to practice before they left for Florida but they have cancelled. One player that isn’t leaving with the team is Pierre-Luc Dubois. He suffered an injury in the game against the Sharks and the team is hopeful he can join them on the road.
Note II: The Moose and Canucks had a re-match last night which saw Manitoba score early in the 3rd period to tie the game but a costly penalty in OT left them with a single point. They earned three of four points in their two games in Abbotsford to kick off their seven-game road trip. That single point was also enough to tie them with the Admirals for 2nd in the Central and they trail top spot held by the Stars by a single point. Today they travel to Iowa where they will take on the Wild in a pair of games starting on Saturday night in Des Moines.
Note III: The Ice are currently enjoying their status as the lone 50-win team in the entire CHL. Yup not just the WHL (although the Thunderbirds with Jets 2022 1st rounder Brad Lambert are close with 48) but the OHL (44 wins) and QMJHL (46 wins). They will look to add to that total tomorrow night when they welcome the Oil Kings to Winnipeg.
TSN: Winnipeg’s nightly dependence on Hellebuyck is staggering. Feels like this has literally been a talking point for a 1000 years but perhaps folks outside this market are coming to understand just how much 37 has done for this team.
Sportsnet: Hellebuyck drops goaltending battle in loss to Wild, Jets slip down playoff picture. Wieber with his latest column on last night’s hockey game.
Sportsnet: 32 Thoughts. Number 22 had to do with Vladislav Namestnikov waiving his no-trade clause to facilitate his trade to Winnipeg.
Winnipeg Sun: Marc-Andre Fleury stops 46 shots as Jets lose to Wild. You have to credit Fleury cause he was fantastic.
Winnipeg Sun: ‘Message received’: Jets’ Nate Schmidt handles scratching like a pro. No surprise that 88 handled it as best as he could.
Winnipeg Sun: Caving to homophobia: Wild blow it and the Jets’ turn is coming. Paul reacts to the news that took place a few days back in St. Paul and wonders if there will be any impact on the event here in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg Free Press: Fleury the difference in loss to Wild. (Paywall). He has been on a roll for Minnesota.
Winnipeg Free Press: Capobianco ‘a true pro’. Cannot be easy to sit around waiting to play.
Star Tribune: Kirill Kaprizov leaves injured in Minnesota Wild’s 4-2 victory at Winnipeg. While the two points are important me thinks a substantial injury to their star forward may overshadow this by quite a bit.
TSN: Button outlines how the Jets can get out of their funk. The Jets were so good for the first part of the season, but they’ve really struggled of late, dropping eight of their last 10 games. Craig Button joins SportsCentre to discuss what’s gone wrong for Winnipeg and how the team can get out of its funk.
Sportsnet: With tough schedule ahead, it’s time to find out what the Winnipeg Jets are made of. Sean Reynolds and Ken Wiebe recap the Winnipeg Jets’ loss to the Minnesota Wild, discuss Rick Bowness’ message after the game and how the tough stretch ahead impacts the squad’s playoff chances.
Sportsnet: What is the Winnipeg Jets game plan? Jeff Marek and Greg Wyshynski share their thoughts on the future of the Winnipeg Jets.
Illegal Curve Hockey: Moose rally but fall 3-2 in OT to the Canucks; still move into 2nd in Central. Get the full story from yesterday’s game including lineup news, notable factoids, post-game media and more.