March 05 2012 11:18AM
The Jets wrap up their extended stay at home by playing number two of Claude Noel's self-proclaimed seventeen game playoff series this evening, with the first outing having gone just about as well as anyone could have hoped. The seven-spot they posted on Thursday wasn't exactly representative of the play, but Winnipeg's had a few encounters go the other direction this year, so that night was quite possibly just the bounces evening out rather than any undue fortune at work.
March 03 2012 05:33PM
Sometimes we go for a much wider view here on OilersNation Radio. We invite guests who write about other teams and players from around the league. We think it makes us seem somehow more refined, more cosmopolitan...
Not this week baby. It's pretty much all Edmonton, all the time. Allan talks with a numbers of influencial Edmonton bloggers on a variety of topics including advanced stats, Ales Hemsy and the recent Gilbert trade.
This is Nation Radio.
March 02 2012 03:19PM
As the World Juniors hit, they were one of the best stories in the OHL. Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg’s first round pick in 2011, and the undrafted Tanner Pearson were arguably the two hottest players in junior hockey. Scheifele was scoring almost two points per game after being cut by the Jets, while Pearson was picking up a goal every game and averaging more than one assist per contest.
It wasn’t a surprise when both made the roster of Team Canada at the World Juniors.
Unfortunately, since the world’s biggest junior tournament, both have found their offense drying up.
March 01 2012 10:30PM
Well, you don't see this every day. Winnipeg put up a converted touchdown on the Panthers this evening, and without question the most astonishing moment was the Jets' 4th goal, when a bit of timely defensive work by Blake Wheeler turned some Florida pressure into this:
Beauty. Bryan Little will never score an easier goal, and good job that he finished it, too, because they were coming right at my end of the rink, and I can guarantee you there wasn't going to be anyone back to defend if he missed.
March 01 2012 02:36PM
When the schedule was drawn up last summer, tonight's Winnipeg-Florida game seemed an unlikely candidate to be a meaningful affair, with the ex-Thrashers and still-Panthers having spent last year wallowing in the depths of the Eastern Conference's second tier. Washington and Tampa were the clear heavyweights starting the season, and by this point in the year, the night seemed certain to just be another dreary encounter between two teams that would once again be relegated to playing out the string.
Of course, that's not quite how the year has unfolded, and as a result this evening's match at the Arena That Elbow Room Forgot has all the appearance of a game with actual playoff implications. With all caveats about the horrid level of the East this year noted, that's a surprising, and welcome, development.