JGD 58: CANIN' THE 'CANES

Rhys Finnick
February 04 2014 09:44AM

 

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Tonight's contest against the Carolina Hurricanes is a must win for Winnipeg for two reasons:

Firstly, almost every game until the end of the season should be treated like a Game Seven as the Jets find themselves nipping at the heels of the final two Wild Card spots in the West.

And secondly, the Hurricanes aren't very good.

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Game 57 @ Montreal: Montoya Performance & Neutral Zone Play

Travis Hrubeniuk
February 03 2014 10:13PM

Positioning. 

The Jets won a scrappy game in Montreal Sunday afternoon, playing a road game a way that you want it to be played: by controlling the puck more often and strong play in the neutral zone.

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Game 57 @ Montreal: Scoring Chances & Observations

Travis Hrubeniuk
February 03 2014 10:08PM

Chart via Extraskater.com

It was gritty, a little dull at times, featured some solid goaltending and a lot of board play. It was the type of road game we haven’t seen the Jets put together in a long, long time. They managed to keep the Bell Centre crowd relatively quiet, and left Montreal with an all-important two points.

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Mark Stuart and the Variety of Hockey Skills

Kevin McCartney
February 03 2014 03:14PM

Photo by clydeorama

I’m back! I had to step aside to focus on my day job, but I’ve got a fresh bag of doritos and my writing jockeys on, so this is happening.

I haven’t had a chance to watch much of the Jets 2.1 under Paul Maurice, but I did witness a bizarre twitter battle after the game in Montreal, in which the supporters of Mark Stuart and those who want to just feel good about the Jets (no one blames those people, the team is 8-2 under the new coach) were vicious in lashing out against those who had spoken about Stuart as a barrier to the team’s success in the past. After two strong games in a row, supporters were vociferous about the value of the rugged blue liner. He took home second star, after all, and won the locker room 'Player of the Game' fighter pilot helmet. His team mates like him, and he's playing well.

With the deadline coming up, how do we evaluate the value of UFA Mark Stuart to the Jets? Is he turning a corner under Paul Maurice? What does he add to the club?

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JETS POST-GAME 57: THE MAD HABS

Rhys Finnick
February 02 2014 02:39PM

 

                                                                 Whoops.

The Jets beat the Canadiens today in game more thrilling than the 2-1 score would indicate. The pace in Winnipeg's last few games has been quite uptempo, but today's contest also had a bit of an edge to it.

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