March 16 2013 12:25PM
Toronto Maple Leafs (15-12-1) vs
Your Winnipeg Jets (14-11-2)
After a high-tempo, frenetic win over Toronto on Tuesday, the Jets are landing in the centre of the universe just one point back of the Leafs for 7th place in the East. No doubt we'll hear a lot today about teams going in different directions - and it's hard to ignore a Jets team with wins in 10 of their last 13, and similarly hard not to notice when a Toronto team starts struggling, especially when the coach refuses to ice what seems to be the best possible roster, or even acknowledge who his best players are. Still, the real story of the game is likely to be that of a changed system on the part of the Jets and goaltending at both ends.
March 15 2013 02:09PM
One of my all-time blogosphere favourites is Allan Mitchell, AKA Lowetide (check him out on Oilers Nation if you haven't already). His writing is a joy to read, his work is thoughtful, and he has an insight unique to decades of careful observation (not too many decades, I'm sure - sorry Allan!). That's my fawning pre-amble to this - I'm going to steal an exercise he did this morning on his site and re-create it for the Jets. If there was an expansion draft this summer, who would make a 1 Goalie, 5 defencemen, 9 forward protected list to represent that core of the team now and into the future?
March 14 2013 02:09PM
It's been a pretty great week in Jets Nation. A frenetic win over Toronto, including a powerplay that looked like nothing we'd see all year (thank the Hockey Gods equivalent of baby Jesus), had the MTS Centre hopping. Points in four straight, a feeling like the playoffs are within reach. Derek Meech and Grant Clitsome look like contributors in the absence of Enstrom. The penalty kill has been perfect 9 games running. And maybe best of all, there is a string of good news on the prospect front, including Scheifele, Trouba, and rumours of college free agent signing on the horizon.
March 14 2013 11:34AM
Games don't get much bigger than this. Actually, they often do. Certainly, in the Playoffs the stakes are much, much higher. In fact, every Jets game after this one will increases exponentially in meaning, pressure, and hyperbole.
March 13 2013 01:58PM
Patrice Cormier was recalled today to replace an injured Jim Slater, who is suspected to have a broken hand from blocking a Phaneuf shot while down 5-on-3 in the third. I picked on Slater a bit in my review of the Jets’ Penalty Killing troubles, but I have to admit that now I feel as though the hockey gods are trying to teach me to appreciate what I have. Inside a quick look at what we’re getting in Cormier.