April 06 2015 09:25PM
The Winnipeg Jets beat the Minnesota Wild in the goalscoring contest.
Winnipeg started the game in typical Jet fashion we have become accustomed to: fast, hard hitting, and tenacious forechecking. The Jets kept the pressure going, eventually forcing the Wild to take a penalty. Blake Wheeler capitalized on the power play, scoring his 26th of the season.
The game got physical and intense as emotions rose with the high stakes. Jets didn't slow down or stand down and Drew Stafford got the insurance goal.
The Jets went into defensive shell mode for the third period and the Wild picked up the pace, but Ondrej Pavelec stood tall and closed the door, picking up another shutout.
Let's break it down.
April 06 2015 02:10PM
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The Winnipeg Jets will be without big minutes defenseman Tobias Enstrom for Monday night's crucial matchup against the Minnesota Wild.
Enstrom, who leads all Jets defenders in minutes played per game this season, sustained an upper-body injury late in Winnipeg's 5-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday afternoon. Though he's dinged up, Enstrom's injury isn't believed to be serious and he's still traveling with the team on their current road trip.
On Monday though he'll be replaced in the lineup by Ben Chiarot, who hasn't played since Feb. 21. Chiarot is expected to lineup in Enstrom's usual slot on Tyler Myers' left side.
April 06 2015 02:10PM
The Winnipeg Jets remain outside of a playoff position, but that could change on Monday night.
With just four games left in the regular season, the Jets (40-26-12) hit the road to face the Minnesota Wild as both teams look to secure post-season berths.
The Jets are tied with Los Angeles at 92 points apiece but the Kings hold the final wild-card berth heading into action Monday.
If the Jets win in regulation, they'll be two points behind the Wild for the first wild-card berth. But there will be a lot riding on Monday's game for the Wild too, as they can lock up a playoff spot with a win over the Jets.
It should make for a fun night of hockey.
April 06 2015 12:30PM
Nothing is guaranteed.
Indeed while the Winnipeg Jets have their best shot at making the playoffs in the version 2.0 era, there remains a good chance that the club will miss the playoffs yet again for the fourth consecutive time since relocating to Manitoba.
Banish such darks though though because today we turn our series looking at how the Jets match up against their next most likely playoff opponents. Next up is the St. Louis Blues.
Let's take an an in-depth look at the matchup after the jump.
Why Tyler Myers fits better in Winnipeg long-term even if he's been only a marginal upgrade on Zach Bogosian
April 06 2015 12:07PM
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In the aftermath of the Evander Kane blockbuster many analysts, myself included, found it tempting to view it as two separate deals - Kane for Drew Stafford, two quality prospects and a first-round pick, and then Zach Bogosian for Tyler Myers.
In truth it's a deal that shouldn't be broken down into its individual components, for an important salary cap related reason. Let's get into that and look at how Bogosian and Myers have fit in with their respective new clubs since the trade.