January 05 2014 02:46AM
The Jets' loss to Ottawa put them back at .500 hockey, and another loss to Boston makes this a forgettable road trip. It's 44 games in, and the club is back where it started on that hopeful October night in Edmonton.
But not everyone is back at the beginning. The Jets have 37 games to overcome a 6 point deficit to a team with three games in hand for a Wildcard playoff spot. They'll need to leap-frog two Division rivals to do it. And their opponent today? The Penguins are 18 points clear of the Jets in one fewer game and stand atop the Metropolitan Division. With a +38 goal differential, the Penguins stand alongside the Bruins as the best Eastern Conference team the Jets have faced.
Much more than the East/West split so often reported in the Jets' rate of success this season, quality of team has been the primary driver of wins and losses. The Jets are just 10-15-3 against 'Quality' teams, or teams that have more points than games played. Five of those ten wins were in the shootout, and another two in overtime. The Jets have managed just 3 regulation wins against teams with more points than games played.
In contrast, their record is 9-5-2 against teams on pace for 82 points or fewer. That includes zero shootout wins - all 9 were in regulation. In their final 37 contests, the Jets face 'Quality' teams 27 times. It might get ugly.
January 03 2014 12:04PM
Diabetics need not apply
This weekly column looks to discuss a certain number of relevant Jets topics on a certain day of the week. That certain number? Five. That day of the week? Friday. Also, hole. This is the Friday Five-Hole.
January 03 2014 10:16AM
This week the Jets surpassed the 41-game midway point of the NHL season and I can’t think of a better time than now to give you all a half season update on the Jets scoring chance numbers. Just to be clear, this data if from the first 41 games of the season and therefore doesn’t include the Jets last couple games. Check here for my 20 game update so you can understand my reference points.
January 02 2014 02:14PM
The best team Manitoba ever sent to Ottawa. Louis Riel and his councillors, 1869
It might have just been 2013 that the Red River Rebels entered the Canadian capital to play the Bureaucrats,but it feels like an age. The central question will be as it always has been with Ottawa - who will dictate how this game is played?
January 02 2014 10:04AM
The Jets has a rather poor game in the neutral zone on Tuesday night, but were lucky enough to be playing the Sabres, who were even worse. The Jets were still far too skilled to lose against a completely pitiful team from Buffalo.