January 18 2014 11:24AM
In 50 games of NHL action, these teams haven't moved past the problems apparent on opening night. That game was a goaltender's dual straight from the professional Beach Ball Association, and sloppy defensive play at both ends made for a wild contest of turnovers and odd opportunities.
Back of the CBC, there's no rhyme or reason to how this game will turn out between old rivals. The Oilers have changed both their goaltenders, added a host of bottom six players - from the developing in Roman Horak to the aging in Matt Hendricks - and are still at risk of falling to 30th. In all my years following the Oilers, I'm not sure things have ever been darker.
One of their few recent evenings of joy came December 23rd against the Claude Noel Jets. That 6-2 win was part of back-to-back losses and moved the needle significantly on the decision to make a coaching change. It also moved the needle on fan patience, and we've heard boo's at the MTS Centre and read the twitter rage of fans who want the whole team traded. Maybe they just needed to think out side the box and add lasers and hot tubs to the arena, like any self-respecting city would.
At this point for both clubs, it's about feeling better about the direction of things. Forget the content of the game - we'll all be watching the side show of Bryzgalov and Scrivens and Hendricks vs Paul Maurice for best new era. Susan Thompson gets it. Lasers before urban renewal, people. I want to see the future before it arrives!
January 18 2014 09:37AM
Chart via Extraskater.com
As great as it was to see the Jets win and get Paul Maurice his second victory behind the bench, I can’t help but be a little nervous about all the positive vibes around the local media. The Jets were fortunate that this game was against the offensively-inept Flames. Possession numbers were close, but the Flames just were not able to generate the scoring chances or offense that the Jets could, and it ultimately cost them the game.
January 17 2014 01:17AM
"Get lost, Bryan."
With their scorching of the Flames Thursday night, the Jets have now scored an astounding 10 goals in their last 2 games.
Now, I may be speculating a bit too soon here, but that makes Paul Maurice the greatest coach in Winnipeg Jets history.
January 16 2014 04:30PM
The Jets 2.1 are on a one game winning streak! A convincing 5-1 win over the 'Yotes have the Jets primed for games against the Alberta duo. First up, the league's second lowest scoring team, the Calgary Flames.
January 16 2014 01:01PM
The Jets have made two unexpected roster management decisions since Paul Maurice was hired as the new Head Coach. We knew there would be changes, from lineup adjustments to structural changes. But in just a few days, the organization has altered course on two of its prospects formerly lost in the wind and it seems Maurice might be the reason.