Winnipeg Free Press: Jets need to overcome road woes to secure playoff spot. Everyone knows that the Jets haven’t exactly been road warriors, although their play of late has picked up away from the friendly confines of the MTS Centre. If they want a chance a post season glory they need to win the majority of their remaining 9 away games.
Winnipeg Free Press: The road ahead. Taking a look at some of the numbers associated with this team as they quest for the post season.
Winnipeg Free Press: News and Notes. Glass relishing return to West Coast. A Jet among Giants. Ondrej the Giant. Henrik or Daniel?
Winnipeg Sun: Jets’ playoff atmosphere would be out of this world. Even Chris Mason thinks the whiteout tradition will return for the playoffs.
Winnipeg Sun: Byfuglien has the right stuff. We are seeing a different Buff at this point in the season.
Winnipeg Sun: Jets’ timing is perfect. Most of the Jets know the true test of their resolve begins this week.
Winnipeg Sun: Glass looking forward to playing Canucks. The former Canuck will be looking for some of that past success he had in Rogers Arena during the last two seasons.
Vancouver Sun: Giants to raise Kane in honouring Jets’ young star. The Jets young gun is getting his own bobblehead from his former Junior club.
Winnipeg Free Press: Vet stands on guard for his Jets. Pretty interesting story on the veteran who gets cheered everytime he is shown on the jumbotron saluting.
Metro: Budweiser Jets brew on verge of selling out. Anyone surprised that Manitobans are about to make another Jets related item an almost instant sellout?
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The Times Leader: Penguins get iced. The Caps got their 20th road victory last night and keeps their quest for 1st overall intact.
HENRIK OR DANIEL? Noel was with the Canucks for a spell during training camp in 2010-11 when he was working with the Manitoba Moose, then Vancouver's AHL affiliate. Asked Tuesday how he told the twins apart he said:
"I just called them 'bro'... then I knew I had them both.
The Buff one alone could probably have it's own thread. We've been critical of him in the past when he's been a liability. Lately it seems like he has decided to be semi responsible. Looks like Noel has gotten through.
Before the season began, it was debated numerous times on the Illegal Curve Hockey Show whether or not the Jets could make the playoffs. Most of the reasons were contingent on each other, and included many big “if’s”. One of those big “if’s” was that a number of the Jets players, would have to improve upon last season. Mainly the young core of Wheeler, Kane, Ladd, Little, Byfuglien, Burmistrov, Bogosian and Pavelec.
With fifteen games remaining, the Jets have put themselves in a position to make a run at a playoff spot. Coming into the season Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said one of the goals was for the players to show progress and development. If the Jets do end up falling short of a playoff spot, they can say they have had a small victory by way of the improvement of a number of players.
Winnipeg Free Press: Jets feel they’ve ‘found themselves’. Now that they’ve discovered who they are it is time to prove that they can deal with teams on the road. They certainly need to come away with points from these back-to-back games in Vancouver and Calgary.
Winnipeg Sun: Overtime (video). Happy times for Jets fans as Ted Wyman breaks down the recent Jets news.
The Manitoban: Picture perfect finish? If you ask any Jets fans, they would likely say that just being back in the NHL has been a dream. The post season, especially if Winnipeg manages to win the Southeast (and have home ice advantage) would be simply beyond most fans expectations.
Around the Southeast:
Sun-Sentinel: Panthers already in playoff mode. These teams have to give 100% for the remaining games of the regular season and you have to wonder if they will have anything left once the playoffs roll around.
Washington Post: Dennis Wideman owns up to mistake. The Caps blew the lead and luckily managed to get a point from the game.
Tampa Bay Tribune: Lightning may lose Mathieu Garon for season. That isn’t going to be good for business.
News and Observer: Faulk scores for Canes in overtime. The Hurricanes didn’t do the Jets any favours by blowing the 3-2 lead to the Capitals with 3 minutes to go in the game.
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