November 19 2011 10:15AM
November 18 2011 04:15PM
If there is one thing that will keep Winnipeg Jets fans screaming for more this season, it's the fact that their beloved team is so wonderfully inconsistent. Great one night, bad for three or four, great for a couple more, bad again. This is not a team like Boston that is going to run off seven wins in a row, but it does, apparently, have enough energy and goaltending to play well in spurts.
Right now, the Jets are in a spurt.
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November 18 2011 11:41AM
The Calgary Flames are almost two months into the season and this campaign has far too many similarities to the team that started last year in a mediocre fashion. The problem is, last year the Flames finished with a decent record thanks to a scorching two month span after the turn of the calendar. Expecting that to happen this time around would be setting yourself up for disappointment; so, that said, it's time for Calgary to get themselves back on track as they host the Chicago Blackhawks for the second time in a week tonight at the 'Dome (7 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960).
November 17 2011 09:19PM
Coming off a big Monday win against one division rival at home, the Winnipeg Jets met the Washington Capitals for the first time this season and had a big win against this division rival as well. Geographically, the two probably do not qualify as being in the "Southeast" but in the standings, they all count, and a big 4-1, Thursday night victory where a number of Winnipeg players stepped up. Here are six thoughts.
-The star of the night on this one was really Ondrej Pavelec, whose shorthanded play is really bailing out the Winnipeg Jets. After stopping 10 with the man down on Monday night, Pavelec had a repeat performance of that number Thursday night, 10 shorthanded saves, no goals, and three saves when the Jets were two men down in the second period. He plays a real unorthodox style, but it's been working, and while he won't make every save on the PK from here on out, he's pretty fun to watch right now. He stopped 31 of 32 overall.
November 17 2011 03:48PM
Claude Noel shifted his lines around at the start of last game, presumably after Winnipeg was running on a 5-game losing streak. The results came with some success, as the Jets turned in arguably their best performance of the season Monday night against Tampa Bay, defeating them 5-2 and outshooting them 36-21 at even strength.
"I deal with efficiency. How do we maximize efficiency?" Claude Noel said after that game. "My job is not that difficult."