JGD #7: The Storm Continues

Kevin McCartney
October 24 2014 04:08PM

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Out of a Hurricane and into a Lightning storm, the Jets continue a dangerous home stand tonight against a young Tampa team. Collecting two points against the only club left in the league that doesn't have a win has somehow soothed tempers around Winnipeg. 

Facing his former employer, Paul Maurice called it the most 'dialed in' bench he's seen from the Jets this year, and showed his pleasure by leaving out the f-bomb in his post-game presser. But the fact remains that the Jets are behind the Oilers - who made national headlines for sucking - Coyotes, and Panthers at 27th in league standings and haven't beaten a team with a positive goal differential yet. A scoreless powerplay contributes to the Jets' meager 11 goal showing through 6 games (5 goals in the last 5 games) and Ondrej Pavelec is on his usual grind. 

No one is using the 'must win' label for game seven, but six points in seven games looks a lot better than four.

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JGD 4: Openings

Kevin McCartney
October 17 2014 12:46PM

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The Jets’ home-opener is also their first game against a Divisional opponent – the oft-forgotten Nashville Predators. The new look Preds have made a splash with points in each of their first three games led by the unexpected scoring of Eric Nystrom (4 points), Paul Gaustad (4 points) and Filip Forsberg (4 points). But it’s the new faces that make the team exciting to watch this season, from Peter Laviolette behind the bench to James Neal, Mike Ribeiro, Derek Roy, Olli Jokinen, and Anton Volchenkov on the ice.

A year ago, two October games against a Rinne-less and floundering Predators squad resulted in just one point for the tarmac cowboys, part of a 9-15-5 season record against Central Division opponents. Dropping games to LA and San Jose is no shame, but does increase the urgency of capturing two points and improving their Divisional standing tonight.

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What Would You Do Wednesday: Replacing Kane

Kevin McCartney
October 15 2014 11:45AM

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In this installment of What Would You Do Wednesday, we consider how to replace Evander Kane in the lineup for the 2 weeks to infinity that he's missing. The point of this feature is just to yell at each other in the comments (this is the internet, after all). So I'll give you the scenario, you explain how to solve it.

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Evander Kane Out Indefinitely: Re-Evaluation in Two Weeks

Kevin McCartney
October 11 2014 07:44PM

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Paul Maurice announced Evander Kane's indefinite knee injury today as "better news than I was expecting." Re-evaluation is scheduled for two weeks, with a week-to-week timeline to follow. It's not long term, which is good for the player, but with the Jets in a tough Central Division, the team was hopeful for a playoff birth. No Jets fan needs to be told an injury to Kane this is bad for those hopes but anxiety is rising at the question 'how bad?'. Maurice offered pre-season darling Matt Halischuk as a salve, but Kane means more to this club than the vertical speed Halischuk brings. 

What can we expect to see over the next few weeks with Evander Kane out of the lineup?

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JGD 2: Live Every Week Like It's Shark Week

Kevin McCartney
October 11 2014 12:08PM

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Do the Sharks still have the same bite?

The most unfortunate part about the overreaction of San Jose General Manager Doug Wilson to last year's playoff loss is that we still have to hear about their failure to close out a series against one of the best teams in the league. No brownie points for taking them to seven, or developing a blueprint for how to use speed to beat the Kings (something Maurice and staff might want to watch for during Sunday's contest).

Instead, the narrative is set as an emotional one - the team with the chip on their shoulder hosts the plucky Jets with something to prove. Alternatively, we might note that these teams are built in very similar ways, and get excited for what should be an entertaining show of outrageous athleticism between two big, fast teams.

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