Scoreboard watch: Islanders @ Bruins | Senators @ Flyers | Hurricanes @ Capitals | Penguins @ Lightning
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Winnipeg Free Press: Doing the blue-line shuffle again. This is where depth on the back end comes in pretty, pretty, pretty handy.
Winnipeg Free Press: Leaving the past behind. Late season collapse? Been there, done that. The five game slide was bad, but it didn’t kill the season. The Jets have won two in a row, and it will be important to continue that streak if they hope to avoid repeating the past.
Winnipeg Sun: Roller coaster season continues. It really has been one odd season so far and don’t unbuckle because with just eight games to go, fans are in for one exciting conclusion to this ride.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets must take Panthers seriously. Let’s be serious. First, this is the NHL where on any given night any team can beat the other. Secondly the Jets are not the Pittsburgh Penguins taking on the last place team in the East. This is a battle of two teams that are both currently out of the playoffs. The Jets to their credit know that they cannot afford to take any of their remaining opponents lightly.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets notebook. Paying attention to the standings. Out of gas due to the wear and tear of the shortened season. Eric Tangradi just that close. And some additional notes.
National Post: Workhorse Ondrej Pavelec keeping Winnipeg in playoff hunt. He spoke about this a few weeks back and indicated he didn’t want to continue to be asked about playing too much or needing time off. As far as he was concerned he would be happy to play every day. And considering how critical he has been to this team’s success, that is probably a good thing.
Jets affiliate and prospect news:
Hockey’s Future: Hellebuyck learning from his mentors. A prospect worth keeping an eye on. Currently leading his team in the NCAA Frozen Four.
The Telegram: IceCaps beat Pirates 4-3. It is a shame that St. John’s didn’t get hot earlier. Carl Klingberg finally broke his seven week scoreless drought and got the game winner to boot! Congrats to both Adam Lowry who got his first professional point (an assist) on a goal by Vinny Saponari who scored his first AHL goal.
Opposition (Panthers) news:
Miami Herald: Florida shaky on special teams. See that headline should be singular since they are only poor on their PK. The PP currently ranks sixth in the league, which is something the Jets could only dream about.
Sun-Sentinel: Time is running out. At this point the Panthers are just playing out their season but they still have pride so Jets won’t expect to see this kitty rolling over and playing dead tonight.
Globe and Mail: Edmonton council votes in favour of proceeding with new Oilers arena. Not much of a surprise that this finally got done.
CBC: Ilya Bryzgalov’s Greatest Hits. Some real gems from the Philly netminder. Surprised his love for Winnipeg and parks didn’t make the list.
NHL Mid-Week with Illegal Curve Replay:
Replay: Eastern Conference Playoff Picture, Western Conference Playoff Picture, Interview with Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province, Break it Down: Florida Panthers Penalty Kill, JS Giguere’s comments about the Colorado Avalanche, Six Things We Learned This Week, Prospect Pulse: San Jose Sharks, Over/Under, Keep Your Eye On.