Midseason Awards, Part I: The Hart and The Vezina

Jonathan Willis
January 17 2012 10:11AM

As the NHL moves past the midway mark of the season, it’s time to look back at which players deserve hardware, based on their performance over the first half. To answer that question, we polled writers from across the Nation Network, talking to writers at every site.

This morning, we unveil the first of our midseason awards: our picks for the winners of the Hart and Vezina Trophies.

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Don't Need to Score When You Shut Out The Opposition.

Nation World HQ
January 16 2012 09:17PM


At this stage of the race in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League, the only thing that matters to Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel is winning hockey games.

He knows his team has shortcomings. He knows his team has injuries to key players. But he also knows that if the players he puts in the lineup every night skate hard and check hard, his undermanned Jets can still overcome all the adversity it faces.

Monday night in Ottawa, the Winnipeg Jets outskated and outchecked the Ottawa Senators. And even though they still scored only two goals, it was enough. Defensively, the Jets were almost perfect in a 2-0 shutout of the red-hot Sens.

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No Sense Getting Angry. Do Something.

Nation World HQ
January 15 2012 06:58PM

 I must admit, I don't put a lot of faith in reports that suggest, "the Jets owner was outraged by a loss." Or that the GM has been told, "Check the game tape and figure out what's wrong."

Nobody likes to lose. Winnipeg Jets owner Mark Chipman and GM Kevin Cheveldayoff had every right to be angry on Saturday evening. I'm told they were, although I didn't see it, but more than a handful of Winnipeggers tell me that the owner and GM went right off the edge after their hockey team blew a 1-0 lead late in the third period and lost 2-1 to the New Jersey Devils.

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Nation Radio - January 14, 2012

January 15 2012 11:30AM



The mid-season doldrums are officially here. With winter finally arriving in Alberta this weekend, Lowetide takes a look at the Oilers as they tumble down the standings.

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Noel Won't Beat Up His Team Despite 2-1 Home Loss to Devils.

Nation World HQ
January 14 2012 04:18PM

When you're the Winnipeg Jets, battling to stay in the playoff race and fighting to win as many games at home during a 47-day stretch with 15 of 21 games on the road, it's painfully obvious that indeed, you must win at home.

Saturday afternoon, the Jets lost their second straight game at home. Guess it's time for Plan B: Learn to win on the road.

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