Note: Following today’s Jets Papers, you can ensure you are up to speed with our game set-up written by Ezra Ginsburg. Straight from Joe Louis Arena we will have audio from the Jets and Coach Noel following practice. 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.
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Note III: Join us tonight at the Chill Bar & Grill! Located north of confusion corner @ 423 McMillan Ave. Game time starts at 6:30 pm. Have drinks and fun with the IC Crew.
Winnipeg Free Press: Power Plague. The only positives is that it seems like they are getting better chances and controlling the puck more effectively during their power play opportunities. Of course one goal (on a 5 on 3) isn’t anything to write home about as the Jets are clicking at a paltry 8.8%.
Winnipeg Free Press: Ladd a shootout wizard. It appears the Jets captain has come a long way since his first attempt back in his Chicago days. A stellar 4/4 this season you know if Winnipeg is hitting this time in a game, #16 will be one of the three players getting the call from coach Noel.
Winnipeg Free Press: Notebook. Some notes on the team including a moment to reflect, riding a high, attack shows spark and Chevy a stats guy.
Winnipeg Free Press: Observing a moment of silence at morning practice. Too often in the hustle and bustle of our day to day lives we forget to take a moment to reflect. Coach Noel chose to take a minute to pay his respect to the memory of the sacrifice that many made for the peace we enjoy today.
Winnipeg Sun: Preparing for the Wings. Ken takes a look back at where the Jets were before looking ahead to tonight’s game against the Red Wings.
Winnipeg Sun: A work in progress. Fans have to be encouraged by the two wins this past weekend but will really only truly start to breath easy when the team’s continued consistency gets them above the playoff line in the incredibly tough Western Conference.
Winnipeg Sun: Hoping for repeat performance in Detroit. When I read that headline I immediately thought back to the December 10th, 2011 appearance for Winnipeg in Detroit when the team got spanked 7-1. Of course the above references the Jets defeat of the Wings last week but as someone who spent some time in Michigan, I can tell you that Joe Louis Arena is not an easy place to get a victory. Paul also touches on the hot start of Bryan Little, the team doing the little things, the nightmare of a PP and a moment of silence.
ESPN: Puck Central. LeBrun notes that the Jets had two big wins this weekend but will need to maintain some consistency if the team wants to compete in the West with the likes of Chicago, St. Louis and Colorado.
Illegal Curve: Coach Noel post-practice scrum. Assessing his team and what kind of mindset they need heading into Detroit. What things have they changed to suddenly have success? Fixing the power play. What winning does to the locker room. The play of Andrew Ladd. The play of Bryan Little.
Illegal Curve: Players audio post-practice. Hear from Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little, Grant Clitsome and Devin Setoguchi.
The Telegram: IceCaps’ result doesn’t reflect the effort. Not a concept Jets fans are unfamiliar with.
Opposition (Red Wings) news:
Detroit News: Johan Franzen back in lineup, but struggling Daniel Cleary might be benched. With the return of Mule to the ice, it looks like the veteran Cleary, who wore a grey jersey in practice, could be a healthy scratch.
Detroit Free Press: Howard talks goalie fighting and what he’d do if Ray Emery came after him. Not really related to tonight’s contest with the Jets but an entertaining comment from the Wings netminder.
Edmonton Journal: Yakupov’s agent Igor Larionov open to a trade from Edmonton Oilers. Doesn’t look good in Oil town right now. Yakupov is clearly under performing and his agent is equally unhappy with the way in which his client is being used by the team.
Tampa Bay Tribune: Lightning’s Stamkos breaks leg, taken off ice on stretcher. A horrible injury to a star player and I’m sure many Canadians across this country were counting off the months before the Olympics start to see if he may be able to play for Team Canada.