Oddsmakers: Jets the least likely Stanley Cup winner of the NHL's 16 playoff teams

Thomas Drance
April 13 2015 05:04PM

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If you want to bet on a Stanley Cup dark horse ahead of the opening of playoff season, you can't do better than the Winnipeg Jets.

A big, deep, occasionally dominant puck possession side, the Jets are seen by many as something of a Western Conference dark horse. The on-line sports books don't seem to share that point of view, as bodog.ca has priced out the Jets as having the single longest Stanley Cup odds of any NHL playoff team.

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Can the Winnipeg Jets be the next 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings?

Garret Hohl
April 13 2015 12:43PM

In 2011-12, the Los Angeles Kings snuck into the playoffs as the final seed in the Western Conference with 95 points, a 40-27-15 record, and a +15 goal differential. They then proceeded to dominate, taking out that year's President's Trophy winner in the first round, and eventually earn the Stanley Cup.

The Kings took the NHL by surprise, only losing four games in total after four playoff series.

Could the Winnipeg Jets do the same?

The answer in hockey is always yes. Hockey is one of the more luck ladened sports and because of this everything is always possible, just not always probable.

We will take a more in-depth look after the jump.

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The Nation Draft Prize-a-Palooza: Impress your friends and win some prizes while helping charity!

Garret Hohl
April 13 2015 10:15AM

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Hey Citizens!

Playoff hockey is nearly upon us and the Nations Network is holding a playoff pool draft for charity.

Do you like hockey? Do you like hockey drafts? Do you like hockey pools? Do you like hockey playoffs? Do you like helping charities?

If any or all of these apply, you should check out The Nation Drafts Prize-a-Palooza after the jump.

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JOIN THE NATIONDRAFTS 2015 PLAYOFF POOL TODAY!

That's Offside!
April 11 2015 05:30PM

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Hey, you! Yes, you! Are you excited for playoff hockey? Do you like winning sweet prizes? Are you not only morally superior to those heathen Flames, Jets, Canucks and Oilers fans, but intellectually superior too? Well, it's time to step up and prove it - the NationDrafts charity playoff hockey pool is here!

Join us after the jump for details on how to enter, support a good cause, and win some great prizes!

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Michael Hutchison sets Winnipeg Jets / Atlanta Thrashers record for rookie goaltender

Garret Hohl
April 11 2015 04:41PM

Though he lost the starting job to Ondrej Pavelec in recent weeks, Winnipeg Jets rookie netminder Michael Hutchinson has put together a strong rookie season. In fact it was a record setting rookie season.

Hutchinson finished the year with a 21-10-5 record, which was good enough to set a new record for rookie goaltenders in the history of the Jets version 2.0/Atlanta Thrashers franchise.

Let's break it down after the jump.

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