Winnipeg Free Press: Noel sees good things. One thing you have to say about the Jets coach, he is definitely an optimist.
CBC: Pavelec gives Jets upper hand in Florida. Always difficult to compare this season to last, considering teams usually have a number of different players in the organization.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets a work in progress. The ‘strength’ of this team (the back end) hasn’t been consistent and the team’s expected lack of scoring punch (aside from the Philly game) hasn’t helped matters.
Winnipeg Sun: Coach Noel gives team day off. A day of fun in the sun might be just the thing to allow the guys to recharge the batteries after some close games.
Winnipeg Sun: Noel moves to help Burmistrov consider ‘next challenge’. It can’t always be sunshine and lollipops, even with a player of Burmistrov’s obvious talent. Even he will need a timeout or two from the coach.
Globe and Mail: Sputtering Jets look to reassess objectives. With the exception of the home opener in Montreal and the game against the Coyotes the Jets have battled in every game they’ve played and have been a bounce or two away from perhaps having a winning record.
The Flint Journal: Lapeer native, Winnipeg Jets center Jim Slater tied for team lead with four goals. His ability to win faceoffs and battle in the corners is a big part of why the GST line has the trust of coach Noel.
Sportingnews: Latest realignment plan ‘gaining steam’. As discussed on the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada by Elliote Friedman, the Jets would play in a slightly modified central division, without any other Canadian teams. Meaning Division games = 36 games (6 teams x 6 games) and Non-division games = 46 games (23 teams x 2 games). So using above formula Wpg would see Detroit or Columbus, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville, St. Louis and Minnesota 3 times in Winnipeg. And it would mean you would see Edmonton, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa just 1 time in Peg. How would you feel about that?
Next opponent news – Florida Panthers:
Globe and Mail: Winning hockey and $4 tickets bring Florida fans out. It might be cheaper (and warmer) to fly to Florida to see the Jets play the Panthers, then it would be to buy tickets to see them in Winnipeg.
Florida Sun-Sentinel: Panthers Kulikov coming of age. The Jets won’t want to give away too many power plays against this young Russian and his 5th ranked power play unit.
Miami Herald: Florida Panthers’ Jose Theodore guides Jacob Markstrom. I watched him play the Senators and he was lights out.
NBC Sports: Show up in Halloween costume, see Panthers for free. Truth is that when you are up against a holiday like Halloween on a Monday night, you need to do whatever you can to lure the fans to the stadium in this market.
NHL.com: Ramsay ready for ‘emotional’ matchup. He is well liked/respected, both around the league and by members of the current Jets team.
Note: Join the IC crew at the cheer tonight as we celebrate Halloween with the Jets/Panthers game starting at 6:30 pm cst.
Globe and Mail: Craig Ramsay shows no resentment towards Jets. While he might not be saying it to any of the media on hand, I'm sure that he will be quite pleased to beat his old team if the Panthers win tonight.
Winnipeg Free Press: Ramsay happy with role in Florida. The breaking of ties to Ramsay seemed to cause some consternation because many didn’t approve of the manner in which he was dismissed. The good news for him, is that the Panthers are playing pretty good hockey right now.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets trying to get where Panthers are. The Panthers have surprised many with their fast start (6 wins, 4 losses and 7th in the Eastern Conference) while the Jets have played well but not enough to overcome some critical errors each game. Currently they reside in the basement of the East (just ahead of the Stanley Cup Champion Bruins).
TSN: Jets continue road trip against Panthers. According to Munz you can expect the same lineup you have seen for the 2 previous road games and Pavelec to get the start for the Jets.
Sportsnet: The cost of doing business. The group that makes up True North aren’t cockeyed optimists hoping that they can make this successful as a hockey program first and a business second. Almost from the outset we have seen True North make decisions that will ensure long term viability for this organization within this community.
Opposing team news - Florida Panthers:
Florida Sun-Sentinel: Win one for Rammer. Does this give the Panthers extra motivation to beat the Jets?