Playoff Push: How would the Winnipeg Jets match up against the St. Louis Blues

Garret Hohl
April 06 2015 12:30PM

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Nothing is guaranteed.

Indeed while the Winnipeg Jets have their best shot at making the playoffs in the version 2.0 era, there remains a good chance that the club will miss the playoffs yet again for the fourth consecutive time since relocating to Manitoba.

Banish such darks though though because today we turn our series looking at how the Jets match up against their next most likely playoff opponents. Next up is the St. Louis Blues.

Let's take an an in-depth look at the matchup after the jump.

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Why Tyler Myers fits better in Winnipeg long-term even if he's been only a marginal upgrade on Zach Bogosian

Thomas Drance
April 06 2015 12:07PM

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In the aftermath of the Evander Kane blockbuster many analysts, myself included, found it tempting to view it as two separate deals - Kane for Drew Stafford, two quality prospects and a first-round pick, and then Zach Bogosian for Tyler Myers. 

In truth it's a deal that shouldn't be broken down into its individual components, for an important salary cap related reason. Let's get into that and look at how Bogosian and Myers have fit in with their respective new clubs since the trade.

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The Winnipeg Jets have become one of the league's elite defensive teams

Garret Hohl
April 05 2015 05:10PM

The Winnipeg Jets have improved over their term under the supervision of Paul Maurice. They are closer to the playoffs than ever before despite playing in a tougher conference than ever before.

Jets currently sit 9th in 5v5 goal differentials, while placing 13th and 15th in power play goals for and penalty kill goals against per minute. For underlying numbers, the Jets have the league's sixth best score-adjusted Corsi percentage.

The Jets have improved into arguably a top ten team, despite the fact that they may miss the playoffs this year.

The biggest improvement has been due to defense, which we will look at after the jump.

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First Star, Worst Star: April 5th, 2015

jeanshorts
April 05 2015 03:30PM

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Happy Easter everyone! I hope you've all gotten sufficiently full on ham, chocolate, and the blood of Jesus. Before settling in for a late nap/early bed time here's First Star, Worst Star rising from the dead like the Easter Bunny!

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Might the Jets recall Nikolaj Ehlers from Halifax once his QMJHL season ends?

Thomas Drance
April 04 2015 07:35PM

Could Nikolaj Ehlers see some NHL action this season?

It's unlikely, particularly following the Halifax Mooseheads' 4-3 overtime victory on Friday. That win - in which Ehlers managed three points - gave the Mooseheads a 3-2 lead in their current postseason series against the Shawinigan Cataractes. Jets general manager. Whatever the likelihood, Kevin Cheveldayoff was in Halifax to watch Ehlers play on April 1 (we originally thought the Mooseheads account was just kidding), and the Jets would appear to be pondering the possibility, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Freidman.

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