The Winnipeg Jets have become one of the league's elite defensive teams

Garret Hohl
April 05 2015 05:10PM

The Winnipeg Jets have improved over their term under the supervision of Paul Maurice. They are closer to the playoffs than ever before despite playing in a tougher conference than ever before.

Jets currently sit 9th in 5v5 goal differentials, while placing 13th and 15th in power play goals for and penalty kill goals against per minute. For underlying numbers, the Jets have the league's sixth best score-adjusted Corsi percentage.

The Jets have improved into arguably a top ten team, despite the fact that they may miss the playoffs this year.

The biggest improvement has been due to defense, which we will look at after the jump.

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First Star, Worst Star: April 5th, 2015

April 05 2015 03:30PM


Happy Easter everyone! I hope you've all gotten sufficiently full on ham, chocolate, and the blood of Jesus. Before settling in for a late nap/early bed time here's First Star, Worst Star rising from the dead like the Easter Bunny!

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Might the Jets recall Nikolaj Ehlers from Halifax once his QMJHL season ends?

Thomas Drance
April 04 2015 07:35PM

Could Nikolaj Ehlers see some NHL action this season?

It's unlikely, particularly following the Halifax Mooseheads' 4-3 overtime victory on Friday. That win - in which Ehlers managed three points - gave the Mooseheads a 3-2 lead in their current postseason series against the Shawinigan Cataractes. Jets general manager. Whatever the likelihood, Kevin Cheveldayoff was in Halifax to watch Ehlers play on April 1 (we originally thought the Mooseheads account was just kidding), and the Jets would appear to be pondering the possibility, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Freidman.

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Jets Nation Recap: Back to winning!

Garret Hohl
April 04 2015 05:02PM

The Winnipeg Jets out score the Vancouver Canucks in what ended up a crazy shooting gallery for both teams.

The first period saw five goals as the netminders gave a what-not-to-do goaltender clinic. Jim Slater opened the scoring from a sweet backdoor pass from Jiri Tlusty. The Jets then brought it up to a two goal lead with Michael Frolik picking up his 18th of the season, only to have each of the Sedin's score to tie up the game. The period ended with Lee Stempniak scoring with less than two minutes remaining.

The second period was much of the same, but with less goals scored. The teams traded goals, with the Jets' coming from Mark Scheifele and the Canucks' coming from Alex Burrows.

In the third Stempniak scored the insurance goal with a nice deke into Eddie Lack's five-hole. Burrows got his second of the game with Lack pulled, but the Canucks were unable to get the game tying goal.

Let's break it down.

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Playoff Push #78: Jets battle for post-season lives against Canucks

Angelo Montilla
April 04 2015 11:56AM

Back-to-back heartbreaking losses has the Winnipeg Jets on the outside of the playoff picture looking in.

The Jets will try to get back into post-season position when they host the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

Winnipeg (39-26-12) has 90 points but slipped out of the final wild-card berth after the Los Angeles Kings' victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.

With just five games left in the regular season, there's no room left for error.

“Mathematically, we hold our playoff destiny in our own hands,” Jets coach Paul Maurice told the team's official website. “You can say what you want about other teams’ opponents or ours, but the puck is going to drop and away we go. 

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