Note: Following today’s Jets Papers, you can ensure you are up to speed with our game set-up written by Ezra Ginsburg. Prior to the game we will have audio from the players and coach Noel following the pre-game skate. After the game, be sure to check us out for all the post-game reaction. As soon as the site is updated we notify you via twitter @illegalcurve and Facebook.
Note II: For away games we have our #ICGWG contest. Make sure to @ tweet @illegalcurve with your guess. Remember that for your vote to qualify you must send in your guess using a hashtag (#). (i.e. #ICGWG Ladd).
USA Today: Is Coach Noel on the hot seat? In our poll, 54% of you think he will still be coach by season’s end whereas 46% believe there will be a coaching change. Kevin Allen of USA Today breaks down some of the fundamental problems.
CBC: 30 Thoughts. The Jets are covered in three points namely (13 – Noel, 14 – Scheifele, 30 – playoffs).
Winnipeg Free Press: Montoya might have earned himself another start in net. We debated this on last night’s show. My guess is coach Noel will stick with the hot goalie, especially considering the fact that Montoya would be getting an opportunity to play in front of family and friends in his hometown.
Winnipeg Free Press: Big night serves as a reminder. Mark Scheifele has great vision. That was evident when he slowed down and made a laser beam pass to Michel Frolik against the Wings. His defensive play also was very impressive as he continues to gain more and more confidence. Personally I thought it was his best game this season since the the Habs contest.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets have new standard. When you demonstrate potential such as this team did on Sunday, people are going to hold you accountable to play up to this level each and every night.
Winnipeg Sun: Bryan Little keeps coming up big. Consistency is what he is bringing night in and night out. Another word you could use would be finish. Unlike last season where he wasn’t burying pucks in the back of the net with the same alacrity as this year (seven goals in 48 games vs. eight goals in 16 games).
Globe and Mail: Young Jets ready to win now. Such is the conundrum when you preach long term vision. While fans will find the wait simply unbearable, it is difficult to sell to players, especially ones who have dealt with too much losing in young careers, to accept same for a bit longer.
Illegal Curve: Coach Noel scrum. Evander Kane status. How can the team bottle last night’s effort? More about process than results? How’s Scheifele handling the ups and downs of pro hockey? Happy with Mark’s defensive game? Start of Bryan Little. How did his team control the puck last night? Reinforcing for players to see what can happen when implementing his system.
Illegal Curve: Player audio from IcePlex. After practice audio from Al Montoya, Mark Scheifele, Andrew Ladd and Matt Halischuk.
St. John’s IceCaps News:
The Telegram: IceCaps’ first big road trip receives passing grade. Catch up with the latest from the Jets farm club.
Opposition (Hawks) news:
ESPN Chicago: Khabibulin’s Struggles Hurting Hawks. Unless the Bulin wall can figure his problems out quickly there is a good chance his Chicago reunion could be over soon.
CSN Chicago: So far, so good for Pirri on second line. Breaking down ten points about the Hawks 15 games into their season.
NHL Mid-Week Replay:
Replay: Winnipeg Jets vs. Detroit Red Wings Recap. Pavelec or Montoya for Wednesday’s game vs. Chicago. Interview with Tyson Nash analyst for the Phoenix Coyotes on Fox Sports Arizona. NHL will not suspend Ray Emery for fight with Brayden Holtby. Interview with Rick Peckham, play-by-play voice for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sun Sports. Six Things We Learned This Week. NHL News & Notes. Rapid Fire.