February 05 2015 10:00AM
It wasn't long ago that the much improved Winnipeg Jets appeared to have all but punched their ticket to Lord Stanley's annual blood bath and gala.
Then the All-Star break ended and the shirt collars of True North executives on Portage Street began to get oh so ever subtly tighter. The Jets have now dropped five straight, picking up just one measly loser point along the way.
This recent run of feckless play has caused the Jets' playoff odds to plummet. After briefly touching 90 percent in January, their odds of qualifying for the postseason for the first time in the Jets 2.0 era have fallen below 60 percent, according to sportsclubstats.com.
So what's going wrong in Winnipeg? Let's get stuck into it.
February 05 2015 08:00AM
Welcome to the first installment of the IceCaps Recap where we review all the weekly activity of the St. John’s IceCaps the AHL affiliation of the Winnipeg Jets. Similar to the Future NHEhlers weekly article we will review all the stats and news we can find for your IceCaps.
This week the IceCaps walked away with 3 of 4 points thanks to a 4-1 victory and a shootout loss. Continue past the jump to read what went down.
February 04 2015 09:09PM
In the wake of Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice making forward Evander Kane a healthy scratch for mysterious disciplinary reasons in his hometown on Tuesday night, the internet busily concocted all manner of insane rumours to explain what Kane had done to deserve his punishment.
As it turns out, we were all sweating the small stuff. We were all sweating sweat pants actually.
Kane was reportedly scratched for a dress code violation when he showed up for a midday team meeting in sweats rather than a suit, according to Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press. They must have been the world's most offensively tacky pair of Kappas, since they could threaten Kane's future with the Jets.
February 04 2015 06:53PM
On Tuesday night, Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice decided to discipline forward Evander Kane for a vaguely defined infraction. He opted to make Kane a healthy scratch for a key game against the Vancouver Canucks.
This isn't the first time Kane has been disciplined in this manner during his Winnipeg tenure, and it's far from the first time that he's found himself in the centre of controversy.
Let's round up some of the reaction from around the hockey world.
February 04 2015 04:37PM
I've never played hockey at a high level. I've never been in a locker room setting that's even nearly as competitive, professional, or adult as what you'll find around the NHL. I mean, I've been in NHL locker rooms after practice or after games with press credentials, but that's hardly the same thing.
My experience informs my perspective, obviously, and much of my perspective is based on interacting with and understanding the significance of the underlying numbers. From that perspective, when Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice decided to scratch Evander Kane on Tuesday, which forced him to play Dustin Byfgulien at forward, he shot his own team in the foot. The Jets lost and are now officially reeling, having gone winless in five games since the All-Star break.
There's another perspective here though, and I thought it might be useful to present it. After all, as reliable as things like Corsi For percentage and shot rate can be in predicting future outcomes, hockey is a game played by imperfect human beings.
So I reached out to Nation Network contributor Jason Strudwick, a defensive defenseman whose professional hockey career spanned 15 years and included nearly 700 games played at the NHL level. Interested in a former NHLer's take on what happened in Vancouver on Tuesday? Click past the jump for more.