He Puzzled And He Puzzed

JP Nikota
January 27 2012 01:36AM


How many times have you been watching your team carry a lead, only to have the commentators announce that the opposing team has scored most of their goals in a later period? Listen, I get it; the talking heads on TV have to maintain a certain level of suspense. They can't very well say "It's looking pretty unlikely that this game takes a turn for the interesting." And although I love mythbusting when it comes to hockey, I will concede that sometimes narratives are more fun to build than reasonable arguments.

But, as any of you who are familiar with my work will already know full well, I'm never content to accept in-game narratives without some kind of verification. 

So what about teams that score more goals in the third period than any other? Are they successful? What about those teams that score most often early in the first? I took a look at 6 seasons' worth of data to check.

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Is Scott Gomez hockey's most underrated? (Yes)

Cam Charron
January 26 2012 12:17PM

 

 

Poor Scott Gomez. From the website which asks the rhetorical question "Did Gomez score" to players naming him the 3rd most overrated player in hockey, it seems like there are a lot of hockey fans, players and media who don't appreciate his talent.

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Everybody Is Angry About the All-Star Snub Except the GM

Scott Taylor
January 25 2012 12:36PM

 

Kevin Cheveldayoff and his Jets. There is an all-star replacement in this bunch somewhere.

Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff is a cool dude. He was cool when he played for the Brandon Wheat Kings and he was cool when he worked in the American Hockey League.

That's why it wasn't surprising when he appeared on TSN Jets TV with Dennis Beyak earlier this week and was extremely cool when it came to the NHL and the All-Star Game and a replacement for Dustin Byfuglien.

Now, on the one hand, you can say Cheveldayoff would never criticize the NHL in public. He is indeed, very careful about what he says when other people are listening. However, the Jets GM didn't even hint that he was upset by the fact that the NHL refused to replace the injured Byfuglien on the all-star roster with another Jets player.

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The Broken Record: 'We Just Couldn't Score Goals.'

Scott Taylor
January 24 2012 08:05PM

 

The Jets fought hard, but they just can't score goals.

 

Tuesday night, TSN Jets TV play-by-play man Dennis Beyak said something that few people would try in NHL12: "Thorburn with the one-timer!!!"

Sorry, being facetious. I don't want to rip at Chris Thorburn. He's not the only guy who can't score. Fact is, the Winnipeg Jets couldn't score in a women's prison with a handful of pardons.

Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers shut out the Jets 3-0 to drop Winnipeg to 7-14-4 on the road this season and 3-8-1 overall in January. The Jets went past the .500 mark on Dec. 3. Now, they're back to .500 at 22-22-6. They have scored only 20 goals in 12-plus (counting overtime) games this month.

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When will the Jets production catch up to their performance?

Cam Charron
January 24 2012 05:13PM

After flirting with a playoff spot midway through December, Winnipeg, with last night's loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, have now dropped 3 of their last 11 since Claude Noel threw out his 2011 calendar. Obviously, 2011 was a terrific year for hockey in Winnipeg, what with the NHL returning, and a pretty good team playing some pretty good hockey for them.

But, despite controlling the flow of play in the first bit of 2012, the hockey Gods haven't looked upon your Winnipeg Jets favourably. Dustin Byfuglien hasn't played in 14 games, and Evander Kane has missed the last two. The presence of arguably the team's top forward and defenseman has obviously been missed in the last two games, but it's not like Winnipeg haven't played well without them in the lineup.

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