The Defensive Duo

Jonathan Willis
December 03 2011 04:56PM

When it comes to doing work in the defensive zone, Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel has turned to primarily two players: Tanner Glass and Jim Slater.

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One-Goal Games

Jonathan Willis
December 02 2011 02:54PM

Are teams that win a lot of one-goal games lucky, or do they have a special ability to win when the chips are down – that characteristic known as “clutch” or “killer instinct?”

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When They Think and Skate at the Same Time, the Jets Are Pretty Good

Nation World HQ
December 01 2011 09:22PM

 Thursday night at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, the Jets proved a few things to themselves:

(a) If they get the good Ondrej Pavelec as opposed to the evil Ondrej Pavelec, they will win.

(b) If they skate hard for 60 minutes they will win.

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Why Would Anyone Trust Bob Murray?

Jonathan Willis
December 01 2011 03:57PM

The response to Anaheim’s firing of Randy Carlyle has been barely contained glee in many quarters. Over at SBNation’s blog Anaheim Calling, the news was inititally celebrated with an ALL CAPS POST. Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski called the decision to swap Carlyle for Bruce Boudreau (fired on Monday by the Washington Capitals) a “genius move.” Helene Elliott opined that the Ducks had tuned Carlyle out.

However good the reasons may have been for firing Randy Carlyle, the decision does not reflect well on Ducks general manager Bob Murray. How so? I’ll explain.

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SWOTing the Jets at the Quarter Pole

MC Hockey
December 01 2011 03:18PM



Before heading into Friday’s contest with the Hurricanes, the Jets had played 21 games, basically the quarter-pole of the 82-game regular season. At 8-9-4 at that point, the Jets need to pick it up if the long-starved fans of the city with the windiest intersection in Canada are to see playoffs as a reality in the Phoenix-like return (Editorial Update: Jets won 3-1 over Carolina to hit .500 on Friday November 25).

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