Jim Slater and Chris Thorburn: The diminishing returns of impact with lower lines

Garret Hohl
March 31 2015 01:28PM

The Winnipeg Jets have started to get healthy, as Bryan Little and Mathieu Perreault look to make an impact on the Jets final playoff drive.

With players returning from injury, others must take a seat in the pressbox. Liittle and Perreault have caused Matt Halischuk and Eric O`Dell to become scratches.

Meanwhile, the Jets are still playing two marginal hockey players in Jim Slater and Chris Thorburn.

What is the difference in expected impact between these players. Check after the jump.

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Playoff Push #77: It's crunch time for the Jets as they prepare to host Rangers

Angelo Montilla
March 31 2015 11:14AM

It's do-or-die time for the Winnipeg Jets.

With six games left in the regular season, the Jets (39-25-12) are clinging to the final wild-card spot in the West at 90 points heading into action against the New York Rangers.

The road to the post-season won't be an easy one for the Jets down the stretch as four of their final six games will be against playoff-bound clubs. The L.A. Kings -- just two points behind the Jets -- have a much favourable schedule with two of their final six games coming against the Edmonton Oilers. The Kings also have games against the Avalanche and Sharks.

This is why it's do-or-die time for the Jets.

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Jets' Bryan Little set to return from 11-game absence Tuesday vs. Rangers

Thomas Drance
March 31 2015 11:03AM

Photo Credit: Bruce Fedyck/USA TODAY Sports

The Winnipeg Jets will get a major boost when they face the New York Rangers on Tuesday night with top-line centre Bryan Little set to make his return from an 11-game absence, the result of a still-undisclosed injury.

"The good thing is I'm going to have a lot of energy tonight," Little told the media, via the Jets' official team website. "I might be a little rusty with the puck but i'm going to go out there play hard and try and play with the puck as much as possible."

Read on past the jump for more.

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Hockey Graphs Podcast Episode 11: Playoffs!?

Rhys Jessop
March 31 2015 11:00AM

Hockey Graphs Podcast 2

In this week's episode, Rhys and Garret break down the Western Conference playoff race and take a look at some recent mock drafts. Click past the jump to listen!

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March 31 2015 07:00AM

If Lawson Crouse hadn't shown up on the hockey horizon, we might not have had anything to talk about for the 2015 draft. That's a stretch but the fact remains Crouse has—more than anyone in recent history—divided talent assessors in a big way. Is he a great prospect or a kid who developed into manhood far ahead of the other teenagers of his generation? Where will he play? Can he score consistently? Does he check well enough to be considered an impact checker? What the hell is an impact checker? Lawson Crouse is exhausting even just to talk about. Wait until you see him play!

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