Game #35 at Penguins: Do we have to?

Kevin McCartney
March 28 2013 04:06PM

Preview

Hey, those Penguins are big news, aren’t they? By acquiring prized deadline mover and the best right winger to ever grace the lobby of a Scotiabank, Jarome Iginla, the Pens have somehow overshadowed their own story of adding hockey-buzz-word inducing Brendan Morrow and Douglas Murray. They’re going “all-in” says GM Ray Shero, but thankfully for the Jets, their best players are almost ‘all out’ with injury tonight. (Preposition play!) Oh, except the highest scorer in the league. But really, Stamkos has a game in hand on Crosby, so assuming he can score 12 points in that game, we’ll have a new #1. Eat it Sid!

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Olli Jokinen: Please eat another hamburger

Kevin McCartney
March 26 2013 06:04PM

         

Olli Jokinen was a free agent signing by the Jets this off-season - a two year, $9million deal intended to give Scheifele time to develop, add veteran depth down the middle, and create goals. He'd come off seasons of 54 and 61 points in Calgary (version 2), and though he is far removed from his 90 point seasons in Florida, Jokinen's lowest scoring season in the inter-lockout period was a 50 point campaign split between the Flames and Rangers. That is, until his 23 point pace with the Jets this year. And to be clear, that's a 23 point pace over an 82 game season. Boxcars aren't everything, but I can't help but start with the question, how bad has he been? It's not for the weak of stomach.

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Game #32: Serenity Now

Kevin McCartney
March 22 2013 02:35PM

Washington Capitals (13-16-1) at

Your Winnipeg Jets (16-13-2)

Last Meeting: March 21, Jets 0 - Capitals 4

Broadcast: TV - CBC 6pm (CT)

Preview

Wow. Just wow. Really Clitsome? Just 20 shots?! 3 powerplays and Steve Oleksy on the ice for 16 minutes and no goals?!?!

Breathe.

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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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