March 17 2013 12:37PM
Things really seem to be going well for the Winnipeg Jets as of late. How well you ask? So well that the boys managed to blow a 4-1 lead and still win in a 10 round shootout, have a goaltender that ranks 30th in GAA and 31st in Sv%, and a power play that has lately been featuring the skills of Kyle Wellwood and Nik Antropov, yet still have been playing well enough to sit 3rd in the Eastern Conference and have a 7-2-1 record in their last ten.
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.
March 16 2013 12:25PM
Toronto Maple Leafs (15-12-1) vs
Your Winnipeg Jets (14-11-2)
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.
March 15 2013 02:09PM
One of my all-time blogosphere favourites is Allan Mitchell, AKA Lowetide (check him out on Oilers Nation if you haven't already). His writing is a joy to read, his work is thoughtful, and he has an insight unique to decades of careful observation (not too many decades, I'm sure - sorry Allan!). That's my fawning pre-amble to this - I'm going to steal an exercise he did this morning on his site and re-create it for the Jets. If there was an expansion draft this summer, who would make a 1 Goalie, 5 defencemen, 9 forward protected list to represent that core of the team now and into the future?
March 14 2013 02:09PM
It's been a pretty great week in Jets Nation. A frenetic win over Toronto, including a powerplay that looked like nothing we'd see all year (thank the Hockey Gods equivalent of baby Jesus), had the MTS Centre hopping. Points in four straight, a feeling like the playoffs are within reach. Derek Meech and Grant Clitsome look like contributors in the absence of Enstrom. The penalty kill has been perfect 9 games running. And maybe best of all, there is a string of good news on the prospect front, including Scheifele, Trouba, and rumours of college free agent signing on the horizon.