April 18 2013 12:32PM
Another day, another dollar, and another vitally important game. If the script hasn’t been clear enough over the last week, I’ll repeat it once more as the Jets face what is another ‘must win game’. This time the lowly Carolina Hurricanes try to blow through the MTS Center to put a true damper on the Jets playoff hopes.
April 17 2013 05:57PM
Back in February, we had a look at how the Jets defence group was being used and their success in those roles. Today we re-visit how the defence has been used to discuss their individual and collective effectiveness with a particular eye toward who should be back next year.
As fair warning, the player usage charts for the Jets defence so far this year are frustrating to read. I’m a strong believer in fancy stats, and accept shot attempt advantage as an indicator of possession and territorial advantage. Still, the importance of applying some context to corsi numbers (discussed exceptionally here) has never been more obvious than when looking at the Jets defence. At first blush, the chart tells us that Big Buff is our best defenceman this year. Though I do cherish this moment, I respectfully disagree. Let’s see what you think.
April 16 2013 05:19PM
Tampa Bay Lightning (17-22-2) At Your Winnipeg Jets (21-19-2)
Last Meeting: March 24th, Jets 3 – Lightning 2
Broadcast: TSN Jets Puck Drop: 7:00 (CT)
The longest break in the schedule is over, leaving six games left to play and the Jets down two points on 8th, and 4 points on the division leading Capitals. The Lightning come into town with nothing to lose and a lot of changes since opening day. A new coach in Jon Cooper, a new goaltender in Ben Bishop, and a new top line LW in Alex Killorn. Yep, you read that right. More surprises after the jump.
April 16 2013 10:07AM
(photo from Jets facebook page)
Man am I looking forward to some Trouba time. I think this kid is going to be awesome, and that comes only partially from my profound sense of pro-Jets bias.
Earlier this April, the Jets signed their 9th overall pick from the 2012 Draft, and as of yet, he has yet to do anything other than practice. But one of these days, we're likely to see Trouba - who has been given #3 by the Jets, joining previous Jets Sergei Bautin, Ross Cory, Dave Manson, Bryan Marchment, Bryan Maxwell, Dan Mcfall, Robert Picard, Brent Thompson in the #3 Club - hit the Ice, and I can't wait.
April 15 2013 06:02PM
(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski)
The Jets up-and-down season has frustrated attempts at clear finger pointing. Lack of scoring depth, inconsistent goaltending, very poor special teams, and some odd (and stubborn) line combinations have made it challenging to see the problem(s) very clearly. I've discussed Olli Jokinen as a problem here, the need for a RW here, and the problem of the fourth line the last time we looked at forward usage charts back in mid-February. Today we re-visit how the forwards are being used to see if we have any further clues about what went wrong in the forward group with a particular eye toward who should be back next year.