Game #31: A Capital Opportunity

Kevin McCartney
March 21 2013 03:24PM

 

Washington Capitals (12-16-1) at

Your Winnipeg Jets (16-12-2)

Last Meeting: March 2, Jets 0 - Capitals 3

Broadcast: TV - TSN Jets 7pm (CT)

Preview

This is game one of a home-and-home, back-to-back against the Capitals. With just 18 games remaining and Carolina on our heels, we have no choice but to maintain our hyperbole in proportion to our hope for the #3 seed by proclaiming this another must-win. But seriously, this one is a must-win, for vanity if nothing else. The Capitals enter as the 2nd worst team in the league-wide standings – interrupting the perennial battle between the Islanders and Blue Jackets for the right to make the first reach pick of the draft – while the Jets are seeking to prove they’re a playoff team after entering March with an underwhelming 9-9-1 record and a -6 goal differential. Just… let’s… come on, guys.

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Jets Trade Targets: (you won't like it)

Kevin McCartney
March 20 2013 08:29PM

 

As the trade deadline approaches, the Jets are flirting with a Division Title. Though the focus is still building from within, the team sits in a position to buy for a playoff birth and even a banner raising come October. Sure it's the Southeast Division Champion banner, but thanks to realignment, our kids won't know that isn't impressive. 

In the next couple weeks, we'll trot out some ideas for trade targets for the Jets in the hopes of being able to say 'I told you so' later on. In this installment, the much maligned and always controversial Dustin Penner.

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Jets Trade Targets: Nikolai Kulemin

Kevin McCartney
March 18 2013 02:42PM

    

As the trade deadline approaches, the Jets are flirting with a Division Title. Though the focus is still building from within, the team sits in a position to buy for a playoff birth and even a banner raising come October. Sure it's the South East Division Champion banner, but thanks to realignment, our kids won't know that isn't impressive. 

In the next couple weeks, we'll trot out some ideas for trade targets for the Jets in the hopes of being able to say 'I told you so' later on. First up, Nikolai Kulemin.

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Live Tweeting the Leafs-Jets: Join us!

Kevin McCartney
March 16 2013 01:06PM

                      

We're Live Tweeting!

Jets Nation just joined twitter! To celebrate our arrival in the world, Travis and I (and maybe Brett!) are going to be chatting on twitter tonight during the game with the hashtag #JetsLeafs. Our friends over at Arctic Ice Hockey are going to join us for some Leafs mulching, hockey insight, and probably more than a few jokes we'll all regret in the morning. We're even hoping to trick some Leafs Nationals into talking to us. But they have a limited window as it gets hard to see your screen through teary eyes (pre-game zing! I expect the zing vs. burn rivalry to commence any day now).

We'd love your company in our corner of the twitter universe, so find us with #JetsLeafs

If you're not already following us or them, click all these links and make some friends.

@nhljetsnation
@kevinmccart
@thrubeniuk
@brettmartinlive

 

@arcticicehockey
@tj_maughan
@arby_18
@YawAxis

 

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Game #28 at Toronto: Under the Big Lights

Kevin McCartney
March 16 2013 12:25PM

       

Toronto Maple Leafs (15-12-1) vs

Your Winnipeg Jets (14-11-2) 

Last Meeting:
March 12, Jets 5 - Leafs 2
 
Broadcast:
TV: CBC Hockey Night in Canada
Puck Drop: 6:00 (CT)
Live tweeting!: @nhljetsnation

Preview

After a high-tempo, frenetic win over Toronto on Tuesday, the Jets are landing in the centre of the universe just one point back of the Leafs for 7th place in the East. No doubt we'll hear a lot today about teams going in different directions - and it's hard to ignore a Jets team with wins in 10 of their last 13, and similarly hard not to notice when a Toronto team starts struggling, especially when the coach refuses to ice what seems to be the best possible roster, or even acknowledge who his best players are. Still, the real story of the game is likely to be that of a changed system on the part of the Jets and goaltending at both ends. 

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