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Altitude Check: Thursday March 1, 2012 Winnipeg Jets News Headlines

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Hey all! Here is our feature running Monday through Friday that will bring you up to date on what's going on in the media pertaining to the Winnipeg Jets.

Here is what's in the news for Thursday, March 1, 2012:

Previewing tonight's games vs. the Florida Panthers. []

Our SB Nation pals at Litter Box Cats offer more from a Panthers perspective. [Litter Box Cats]

Tonight's game has huge implications for both teams, especially the Jets whose fans expectations have now gone through the roof: "Yes, for all the talk about the growth and maturity this team has shown over the course of the season, it remains unfulfilled -- cheap psycho-babble, almost -- if it doesn't result in a playoff berth. Expectations in these parts have changed since October and the flashes this squad has shown, especially in December and during the recent run, have left everyone in this town wanting -- demanding -- more." [WFP]

Take solace in the fact that Andrew Ladd doesn't think fatigue was a factor in Monday night's loss: "No, that’s just an excuse. Every once in a while you just have those games where you don’t feel great. We just looked out of sync. You kind of just forget about it and move on." [Winnipeg Sun]

Newest defenseman Grant Clitsome arrived in town yesterday as mentioned in yesterday's headlines. His initial reaction to Winnipeg: "My immediate reaction was 'awesome,' " [WFP]

More Clitsome: Making the adjustment from unknown to media darling. [Globe and Mail]

Good news, everyone! Zach Bogosian is back!

Mike Santorelli has been a pleasant surprise for the Florida Panthers this year. [Miami Herald]

Former Winnipeg Jet Johnny Oduya made his debut last night for the Chicago Blackhawks, where he was on the ice for all three first period goals scored by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Joel Quenneville praised Oduya after the game for his adaptability: "I thought Johnny, the last 40 minutes was excellent. He did a great job, great gap and had a good stick. I like his patience on the ice. Once we split up the pairs and tried another one, he adapted." The Blackhawks defeated the Maple Leafs 5-4. [CSN Chicago]

Finally, check out the "best sports game ever" 64 team bracket being run by The Score. Blades of Steel or NHL '94. Who ya got!? [The Score]