February 05 2013 03:23PM
In their first season in St. John’s after relocating from Manitoba, the re-named IceCaps finished first place in the AHL’s Atlantic Division and made a deep run for the Calder Cup. With a largely similar core group of players still in the fold this year, there was reason to expect the team to build on its past success. More than half a season in, after a lopsided December and January, the IceCaps find themselves on the outside looking in. What exactly is going on in St. Johns?
February 05 2013 02:00PM
Scientists looking for life outside of our solar system focus on what is known as the "Goldilocks Zone." It is small band surrounding a sun similar to ours where the conditions are just right for earth-like planets to exist. There also seems to be a similar zone for NHL defenseman - especially those who were drafted well beyond the first round. Paul Postma is entering "the zone."
February 05 2013 11:17AM
(Our JetsNation contributor search continues. Today Kevin McCartney takes a look at Tampa Bay rookie sensation Cory Conacher, a Se division player the Jets will face frequently this year)
- Cory Conacher, LW, TB
- Nickname: Honey Badger 5’8”, 175lbs
I have a special connection to Conacher. I drafted him in the 15th round of my fantasy draft this year amidst stifled laughter and hushed whispers of ‘who?’ I feel like that makes me an expert.
February 05 2013 09:20AM
The good news is the Canucks have had a 2-0 lead in five of their first eight games, and a one goal lead in two others. The bad news is they've given away 8 points to conference opponents in those games.
That being said, the Canucks are off to the best start in years. And so is Luongo. As I said last time, try and remember that the calendar is meaningless. Forget that it's January and just pretend that it's October.
The Canucks' start feels way better now, doesn't it?
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting there is nothing to worry about in Canucksville. In fact, there are always plenty of concerns. The last time I completely gave on my pessimism, they were up 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final. And we know how that turned out...
February 04 2013 01:26PM
(This month we will be auditioning a number of contributors for JetsNation. This is the first article in a continuing Jets "blogoff)
On Wednesday of last week, an article appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press titled, " Scheifele still riding pine; Noel grows weary of probing." The article went on to summarize how Scheifele is part of the team's future and how his being relegated to the press box is creating tension between the MSM and the coach.
Well, Scheilfele was in the line up on Saturday when the Jets were pasted 8-3 by Tampa Bay and his stat-line read like this:
0G, 0A, EV +/-, 0PIM, 0Hits, 0Bks, and 1 SOG
He wasn't a factor in the game positively or negatively. As flawed as the plus/minus stat is, one would expect the young center who played 16:47 to be at least be a -1 in an 8-3 loss, but he was even. He primarly saw time rotating the center position with Nik Antropov on a line with Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little. He also saw brief stints on the wing and playing center on a line with Little and Evander Kane (hat tip to the theleftwinglock.com for the line breakdowns).