January 31 2012 08:42PM
Another big save by Ondrej Pavelec.
When Bryan Little scored the shootout winner in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, it was more than just a win in the 51st game of a long season. It might have been the most important win of 2012.
For 65 minutes on Tuesday, the Winnipeg Jets went toe-to-toe one more time with the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Centre and for the third time this season the Winnipegs emerged victorious. Chris Thorburn scored his first goal of the year in regulation time; Little fired the only goal of the shootout; Blake Wheeler played 23 minutes, had five shots on goal and was an absolute beast; and Ondrej Pavelec made 27 saves as the Jets beat the Flyers for the third consecutive time.
January 28 2012 07:47AM
Blake Wheeler: Team's Leading Scorer Needs Help Up Front.
Even if you haven't watched a Winnipeg Jets game this season, all you need to do is look at the numbers to know what this team needs.
At the All-Star break, the Jets are 22nd overall in goals scored at 2.45 per game. The team's leading scorer, Blake Wheeler, has nine goals and 33 points. He is 81st in scoring in the NHL. The team's leading goal scorer, Evander Kane, has 18 and is tied for 28th in the NHL but was in the midst of a 10-game goal scoring drought when he suffered a concussion (Last Friday? No one is quite sure) and was lost indefinitely.
January 25 2012 12:36PM
Kevin Cheveldayoff and his Jets. There is an all-star replacement in this bunch somewhere.
Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff is a cool dude. He was cool when he played for the Brandon Wheat Kings and he was cool when he worked in the American Hockey League.
That's why it wasn't surprising when he appeared on TSN Jets TV with Dennis Beyak earlier this week and was extremely cool when it came to the NHL and the All-Star Game and a replacement for Dustin Byfuglien.
Now, on the one hand, you can say Cheveldayoff would never criticize the NHL in public. He is indeed, very careful about what he says when other people are listening. However, the Jets GM didn't even hint that he was upset by the fact that the NHL refused to replace the injured Byfuglien on the all-star roster with another Jets player.
January 24 2012 08:05PM
The Jets fought hard, but they just can't score goals.
Tuesday night, TSN Jets TV play-by-play man Dennis Beyak said something that few people would try in NHL12: "Thorburn with the one-timer!!!"
Sorry, being facetious. I don't want to rip at Chris Thorburn. He's not the only guy who can't score. Fact is, the Winnipeg Jets couldn't score in a women's prison with a handful of pardons.
Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers shut out the Jets 3-0 to drop Winnipeg to 7-14-4 on the road this season and 3-8-1 overall in January. The Jets went past the .500 mark on Dec. 3. Now, they're back to .500 at 22-22-6. They have scored only 20 goals in 12-plus (counting overtime) games this month.
January 23 2012 08:01PM
A Rare Occurrence This Month: A Jets Goal Celebration.
Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was in the press box in Raleigh, N.C. Monday night. He told Dennis Beyak on TSN Jets TV that he was "evaluating his hockey team."
When the game between the Jets and the Carolina Hurricanes was over, Cheveldayoff probably evaluated the Jets 2-1 loss the same way everyone else did. Yes, Dustin Byfuglien has been out with an injury for awhile and yes, Evander Kane has suffered a concussion and is out indefinitely, but at some point, Cheveldayoff's Jets are going to need a legitimate scorer or two or maybe three.