December 01 2011 01:05PM
On November 12th, Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins ran Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres. Miller's teammates stood by picking flowers. They either couldn't or didn't want to do a thing. Lucic is a beast to handle, that is clear, but a team like the Sabres who feel they are on the rise needed to respond.
December 01 2011 07:16AM
Whether or not it's fair to Claude Noel, the question has to be asked? How long before Randy Carlyle is (a) hired by the Winnipeg Jets and (b) how long before Carlyle takes over from Claude Noel as coach of the Jets?
The former is anyone's guess. While the Jets will probably deny any interest in Carlyle, the fact remains that he is beloved by both chairman and owner Mark Chipman and the team's assistant GM, and Chipman's close confidant, Craig Heisinger.
November 30 2011 04:03PM
In the third installment of the NHLNumbers podcast, the regular cast including myself, JW and Justin Azevedo is joined by Robert Vollman, Flamesnation contributor and Hockey Prospectus author and one of the senior figures in quantitative hockey analysis. This episode features discussions of the psychological biases and habits that make objective analysis in hockey paradoxically counter-inuitive to the way we see and think about the game.
November 30 2011 02:34PM
Evander Kane pocketed another pair of goals Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators to give him 12 goals on the year. He now leads the Winnipeg Jets in points as well as goals. A slow start didn't deter the former Vancouver Giant, who has popped off with seven goals in his last seven after scoring just five in his first 16.
November 29 2011 09:44PM
For about two weeks, Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel has worried that his team can't finish games. In fact, on Tuesday morning, Noel said, "We've taken a few two-goal leads this year and we haven't been able to finish. That's what worries me most right now, our ability to finish."
He had every reason to be concerned on Tuesday night at Winnipeg's downtown MTS Centre.
The Jets had a 4-3 lead with 10 1/2 minutes left to play and gave up three unanswered goals to the not-necessarily sparkling Ottawa Senators and lost their first game of a five-game home stand -- and the first game of 13 out of 15 at home -- 6-4 to the visiting Sens. That's not a good way to start OR finish.