October 31 2014 07:00AM
Entering November, the Jets sit in 25th place with an underwhelming 9 points in 10 games and a 26th ranked goal differential. Of four wins, three have come against teams in the bottom-third of the standings and a playoff appearance is as far away as any October on record.
The question of when the Jets intend to compete seems to linger under this General Manager. We talked about the team's intended window of opportunity at the trade deadline of 2012/13 when the team had a host of pending UFAs to sell and a few holes the GM talked about filling but never did. The mixed signals continued unabated. I suggested two years ago that the team might be lining up to compete for Connor McDavid, but that seemed like a silly notion in September 2014 after the team took some small steps forward each of the last two off-seasons and iced their best top-6 since moving north to start this campaign.
Sadly, with an injury to Kane exposing a lack of depth and the expected failures of Pavelec all but ending the Jets' playoff hopes before November, the question rises again: does GM Kevin Cheveldayoff have a plan for the Jets to be a playoff team? And if so, when?
October 24 2014 04:08PM
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.
October 17 2014 12:46PM
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.
October 15 2014 11:45AM
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.
October 11 2014 07:44PM
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?