CBC: Dedicated to closing gap on Panthers. The Panthers are sitting in 1st place in the Southeast, 3 points up on the Jets with 3 games in hand. The Jets can ill afford to lose games like these, especially given the fact that they have already lost 2 to Florida this season.
Winnipeg Free Press: Byfuglien has huge impact on return. Even though coach Noel says he wants to ease his returning players back into the games, the same thing happened with Enstrom/Bogosian/Hainsey when they returned from injury.
Winnipeg Free Press: Byfuglien’s case sets course for courtroom. Not surprised a defense attorney is confident that he will win. I’d be worried if he said anything other than that quite frankly.
Winnipeg Sun: Buff makes big impact. It isn’t just fans who are excited to see the big man back on the blueline (or redline, or behind the opposition goaltender) as his teammates are equally excited to have him back on the ice.
Winnipeg Sun: Snapshots. A well earned win. Excelling in 4 on 4. Great Jets fans in Tampa. Big goal by Wheeler. PK comes up big. Defensive breakdown gives up tying goal. Checking well. Will Shanny examine cross-check to Ladd’s face? 1st bench minor of the season. 8th time all season Jets have all top 6 d-men.
TSN: Jets finally get back-to-back wins on the road. Now if they could only do it on consecutive nights!!! We will see tonight if the Jets can do so for the first time this season.
Metro News: Weather won’t hamper snow sculptor’s work. He is paying homage to the Jets and Bombers. Expected to be completed by today.
Affiliate news – St. John’s IceCaps:
The Telegram: Sharks’ Sommer got Bialowas his first job in pro hockey. While they may be appreciative of what he did for hockey on the East coast, I’m sure they are hoping he gets his 500th win somewhere else.
The Telegram: IceCaps not alone in trying to be better at home. The Caps start a 6 game homestand tonight so they will have plenty of opportunity to improve on their poor home record at Mile One Centre.
Next opponent news – Florida Panthers:
Miami Herald: Mikael Samulesson healthy and helpful. It was pretty obvious that he was healthy when he scored the shootout winner against the Jets last week.
Miami Herald: Panthers get load from Broward County. Sometimes you have to forget about appearance in the quest to make money for your business. If this will generate revenue for the team you cannot be too concerned as to how it might appear on television.
The suddenly hot Winnipeg Jets, fresh off an overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, play the Southeast Division-leading Florida Panthers tonight, looking to close the points gap even more in the Eastern Conference Playoff race.
Note: The Jets announced that there are just 2000 specialty license plates remaining.
Globe and Mail: Coach Noel talks trade deadline. Nothing yet to talk about but fans will be on the edge of their computers for all of February.
Winnipeg Free Press: ‘We just have to find a way to win’ says coach Noel. While game number 53 in the schedule won’t end the season if the Jets don’t pull off the victory, it would be nice if the Jets can show some toughness and pull off their first victory in the 2nd game of a back-to-back.
TSN: Mason to start against Panthers. Brian gives you both the Jets and Panthers projected lines for tonight.
Winnipeg Sun: Mason gets call for Jets. Facing a rested Panthers team would be a big test ignoring the fact that the Jets have played 2 games in the previous 3 days.
Jets Official Site: Jets vs. Panthers preview. Some facts and figures to be aware of before puck drop tonight. If you are looking for a place to watch the game, why not join IC at the Cheer tonight.
Next opponent news – Florida Panthers:
NHL.com: Versteeg back from flu in time to face Jets. He has been a Jets killer and one of the Panthers most dangerous players all season long.
NHL.com: Season-saving path nothing new for Clemmensen. Having witnessed exhibit A I can tell you that the play of Clemmensen was spectacular and won the game for his team.