Winnipeg Free Press: Lots of love for Jets in T.O. The outpouring of support from across Canada continues. As the Jets make their first appearance in each city, expect a lot of kudos.
Winnipeg Free Press: Reimer rooted in Manitoba. Regardless of what happens with his career, he will always remember that first victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
National Post: As hype subsides, Jets settle into a new normal. This team will experience this type of “normal” for awhile I would expect. Especially as they journey to each Canadian city for the first time.
IIHF: Steen – “We’ve already won”. #25 for the Jets 1.0 gives some great answers in this Q & A which ranges from his favourite linemates to what the return of the Jets 2.0 means to this city.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets have winning formula. Isn’t it ironic that the Winnipeg model was mocked as unsustainable by so many and now they are being touted as the poster child for success. Of course Jets fans would like to see this formula translate to a few more wins on the ice.
Winnipeg Free Press: ‘Frosty’ would have treasured this night. A real shame that he wasn’t able to enjoy this night. The Jets have done a nice job honouring his memory.
National Post: Scheifele starts making a case to stay in Winnipeg. Is it a case of too little too late? His play was definitely more noticeable than it had been during the last few games but it appears that this young Jet still needs some more seasoning before he is ready to play full time in the NHL.
Toronto Star: Leafs down Jets in weird one. The Leafs stunk up the joint for the first 2 periods but managed to play well enough in the 3rd to get the victory.
TSN: Jets lose again, but coach Noel sees signs of improvement. The questionable penalty calls really killed the Jets (2 Toronto goals in 27 seconds to tie the game) last night. The team played a pretty decent overall game.
Globe and Mail: Jets see signs of hope. This team is 1-3-1 so it isn’t all roses and sunshine just yet but they played a pretty good road game last night.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets snapshots – playing with fire in more ways than one. Jets playing with a lead, Pavelec’s shootout record, Jets playing to capacity crowds, Mark Scheifele’s bank account, twitter followers of his think Buff should be moved to forward, Winnipeg is everybody’s 2nd favorite team and most interestingly, could the Jets be in the running for an outdoor hockey game?
Globe and Mail: Clock ticking as Jets near decision on Scheifele. The Jets #1 pick sure picked a great time to score his first regular season goal.
Globe and Mail: Jets fall short in Toronto. Nice that the Toronto crowd gave the video of the Jets return a standing ovation. A very Canadian response.
CBC: Concussion problem in hockey hits home with Mark Stuart. Interesting read on Jets defenceman Mark Stuart’s family involvement in hockey and his dad’s (who is a doctor) work on concussion research.
Jets next opponent news – Ottawa Senators:
CBC: Jets power play rebounding at right time. The Jets went 2/4 against the Leafs last night and good news for Winnipeg is that the Senators have the league's worst penalty-kill percentage at 64.5.
Ottawa Citizen: Senators prediction panel. Bad news Jets fans. These writers and bloggers all picked the Sens to come out on top.
Toronto Sun: Sens slow learners. The Senators haven’t been very good at home (lost last 2 games by a combined14-3) and the Jets will be looking to exploit that after they allowed last night’s victory to slip away.
Ottawa Citizen: Sergei Gonchar to return. Will the 37 year old Russian be able to inject some strength back into the Sens lineup?
Ottawa Citizen: 10 reasons to rejoice in Senators rebuild. Rebuilds are never easy to endure. Trust us, Winnipeg was promised this many times with the Jets 1.0.
IMO this is a very important game. After this game, we play the Canes and the Rangers, two teams that are playing tough (I think of the Canes game against Boston and the Rangers against VAN 4-0). We'll be hard pressed in both of them to earn the W.
We need to get these wins over teams like Ottawa if we're going to have a shot at playoffs. GO JETS! Don't let up!
P.S. The Canes game on Saturday night promises to be a barn burner!!!
One of the joys of following a professional team closely, is scrutinizing each and every statistic. A particular number I like to examine is the time on ice as it gives insight on who Coach Noel is favouring on certain nights. Additionally it may give rise to certain trends, who is playing the most ice in wins, or losses.
Don't let the Senators record fool you. That team has the ability to light up a team that isn't sound defensively.
If the Jets don't play a solid and smart defensive game, I can see the Senators putting 5 past Pavelec. Spezza and Karlsson are dynamite and can hurt you many ways. Their powerplay is running at 24% efficiency.
On the plus side, their d- zone coverage can be atrocious. Hopefully guys like Little, Wheeler, Kane and Byfuglien that need to get kick started can capitalize and get some confidence.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets hope to break through Ottawa’s defence. Both team’s are frustrated with their level of play and will look to get a quick start to gain early momentum.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets puts Pavelec back in goal. Noel seem to indicated after Tuesday press conference that he is prepared to ride the Pavelec train for quite awhile.
Globe and Mail: Jets feeling the love on road trip. While the media circus probably won’t ever be matched by what happened in Toronto yesterday, you can probably expect this type of reaction as the Jets come to a town near you for quite some time.
Winnipeg Sun: Desperation of Jets, Sens should make for an exciting game. Be aware that Slater (the S in the GST line) is battling the flu so he is a game time decision. If unable to play, the Jets will insert Tim Stapleton on the line. And coincidentally the GST line doesn’t miss a beat.
TSN: Noel focusing on positives as Jets prepare for Sens. Does the powerplay qualify as positive now that they scored 2 goals in 4 opportunities last night?
Montreal Gazette: Neil Young singing a new tune. I’m actually kinda surprised that the reaction from Sharks fans was so swift against the aging rocker.