Playoff Push #65: Winnipeg Jets host Ottawa Senators

Garret Hohl
March 04 2015 01:02PM

The Jets enter today's game *still* holding onto the first Wild Card spot in the west with a 32-20-12 record. This is good enough for fourth in the Central Division and fifth in the Western Conference. They host the Ottawa Senators. The Senators currently hold a 27-23-11 record and are 11th in the Eastern Conference.

Jets won their last game decisively against the Kings and are 6-2-2 in their last ten. The Senators meanwhile have only lost one game in regulation in their last 10, with a 7-1-2 record.

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The Jets' forward line up is probably the best seen in quite some while in terms of depth. New addition Lee Stempniak gets his start on the Jets third line with Corsi superstar Adam Lowry, and the multi-talented Blake Wheeler. Not bad change from his linemates in New York.

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Jay Harrison continues serving as Dustin Byfuglien's defensive partner. With Ben Chiarot and Grant Clistome injured and Adam Pardy a healthy scratch, the Jets blue line features arguably their fourth and fifth left-handed defensemen. Luckily for the Jets, their right-handed side is strong enough to carry the pairs.

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Michael Hutchinson has taken the starting role, with his seventh start in eight games. Hutchinson has a 19-7-5 record and a 0.919 save percentage. Back up Ondrej Pavelec has a 13-13-7 record and a 0.909 save percentage.


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Bobby Ryan leads the Senators' forwards in points with 47, while Mike Hoffman leads in goals with 23.

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Senators offense streams through Erik Karlsson, who currently leads the Senators defenders and forwards with 48 points. Jets fans will get a peek at Patrick Wiercioch, an underrated defenseman who I suggested previously the Jets to pursue in placement of Jay Harrison or Mark Stuart.

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The rookie Andrew Hammond has been on fire since entering the league last month. The 27-year-old has a 0.955 save percentage and a 5-0-1 record. Hammond is reportedly playing his second game of back-to-backs, which usually is unadvisable.


Game Day Predictions: Jets always will be predicted to win. We are a Jets blog.

Obvious Predictions: A goal from new-guy Lee Stempniak would be a neat thing. Jets newest additions have performed well in putting up points in their first game thus far.

Not So Obvious Predictions: Pattrick Wiercioch makes a few noticeably bad plays that stand out and everyone tells me I'm crazy for wanting him as a #2/3 LHD.

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Stats: Why we do what we do

Garret Hohl
March 04 2015 08:58AM

You are not a coach, scout, or general manager. Watch the game. 

The numbers are imperfect and do not cover all aspects of the game. Statistics are not everything. The game isn't played on the spreadsheet. Statistics only tell you what happened. Do you think you are smarter then the coach, general manager, or scouts?

Why does the coach choose player A over player B? Why is player utilization often not evidence driven? Why are players with better results sometimes not used more than some players with worse? Why does hockey management tend to gravitate towards certain type of players?

Why does this conflict exist between the eye-test and statistics?

Let's take a look.

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Future NHEhlers - March 3rd, 2015

Josh W
March 03 2015 11:17AM

Welcome back to another edition of Future NHEhlers, where we review all the latest in news and play for the Winnipeg Jets (non-AHL) prospects. We dig into all the game reports from the CHL, NCAA, and Europe to let you know how all of your future favourites are progressing.

Without further ado, let's move to the numbers!

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Why weaker penalty kill performers are still sometimes worth using

Garret Hohl
March 03 2015 07:00AM

Recently we discussed one area where Jim Slater is a bit overrated, face offs. It is not Slater's fault, but the impact of a face off win is not that large.

There is one area though that Slater may potentially provide value and that is on the penalty kill.

Let's take a look.

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Why the Winnipeg Jets should move Jim Slater despite his faceoff acumen

Garret Hohl
March 02 2015 09:00AM

During the Winnipeg Jets game against the Los Angeles Kings, Gary Lawless discussed the possibility of certain moves the Jets could potentially make before the deadline.

Lawless mentioned that the Jets were likely done buying rentals, but are still open to "hockey trades" in moving a depth player in exchange for another. One name that came up was Jim Slater.

As a good face off performer, many consider Slater a valuable piece.

Here is why he is not.

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