Playoff Push #70: Jets set to open crucial homestand against Sharks

Angelo Montilla
March 17 2015 11:49AM

The Winnipeg Jets are getting healthy at the right time as they try to stay in the playoff hunt Tuesday night.

Defencemen Tyler Myers and Dustin Byfuglien both returned to practice and are closer to returning to the lineup as the Jets open a three-game homestand against the San Jose Sharks at the MTS Centre.

Myers, who missed one game with an upper-body injury, declared himself fit for action. Byfuglien, however, may need a few more days to fully heal from his upper-body injury.

The Jets (34-23-12, 80 points) are one point behind the Los Angeles Kings for the final wild-card spot.

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Hockey Graphs Podcast Episode 10: Goalies Are Voodoo

Rhys Jessop
March 17 2015 11:00AM

Hockey Graphs Podcast 2

On this week's episode, Rhys and Garret talk about Michael Hutchinson's recent struggles, Jacob Markstrom's inability to make the NHL transition, the Canucks signing of prospect Ben Hutton, Corey Pronman's trolling of Rhys, and some Alberta Major Bantam talk to top it all off. Join us on the other side of the break to listen!

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Future NHEhlers - March 16th, 2015

Josh W
March 17 2015 07:00AM

Welcome back to another edition of Future NHEhlers, where we review all the latest in news and play for the Winnipeg Jets (non-AHL) prospects. We dig into all the game reports from the CHL, NCAA, and Europe to let you know how all of your future favourites are progressing.

Without further ado, let's move to the numbers!

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How worried should the Jets be about Michael Hutchinson?

Garret Hohl
March 16 2015 12:10PM

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Michael Hutchinson has cooled off from his hot start.  

Since the All-Star break Hutchinson has posted an ugly save percentage of .879, the lowest of any other NHL netminder aside from Anton Khudobin.

So how much should the Jets worry about their young goaltender?

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Will iffy goaltending prevent the Jets from qualifying for the playoffs again?

Thomas Drance
March 16 2015 10:53AM

Photo Credit: Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports

The Winnipeg Jets' post All-Star break tailspin was momentarily halted this past weekend, when the club managed an opportunistic comeback victory over the juggernaut Tampa Bay Lightning. It was notable because wins have become something of a rarity for this Jets club since late January.

Rarer still was the relatively sturdy goaltending the Jets received from Ondrej Pavelec. Though Winnipeg's ostensible backup didn't face much pressure in the game, he was competent in turning away 15 of the 16 shots he faced. Pavelec's performance was only the fifth quality start by a Jets goaltender in 21 games since the All-Star break.

Competent goaltending is all the Jets, a quality puck possession outfit with a deep blue line, really require. It's also something the club hasn't been able to rely on ever since arriving in Winnipeg. Will it cost them again this season?

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