March 06 2012 09:16AM
With his 15th goal on the season last night, Blake Wheeler extended his career point total to 54 - good enough to tie him for 33rd in league scoring.
Maybe it's not that significant that Wheeler is 33rd in the league, but the fact that he is tied with the likes of Corey Perry (33 goals, 21 assists) and Henrik Zetterberg (15 goals, 39 assists) puts him into some very highly esteemed company (not to mention Wheeler's 39 assists is good enough for 12th place tie with Martin St. Louis, Ray Whitney, Eric Staal, and Zetterberg)
Even if he stumbles in an interview with TSN's Sara Orlesky after the game, Wheeler has shown on-ice maturity that has started to take hold in the Jets room.
March 05 2012 08:57PM
After an even first couple of periods, the Winnipeg Jets opened up in the third period and got pretty goals from both Blake Wheeler and Chris Thorburn for an important 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres, who were out of gas at the end of a long road trip.
Welcome to the advanced box score—we will provide scoring chance details, who took or set up chances for either team, as well as the Statistical Three Stars and its companion, the Statistical Three Goats, which is based on a player's actual performance during a game and not necessarily the results.
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.