January 24 2012 05:13PM
After flirting with a playoff spot midway through December, Winnipeg, with last night's loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, have now dropped 3 of their last 11 since Claude Noel threw out his 2011 calendar. Obviously, 2011 was a terrific year for hockey in Winnipeg, what with the NHL returning, and a pretty good team playing some pretty good hockey for them.
But, despite controlling the flow of play in the first bit of 2012, the hockey Gods haven't looked upon your Winnipeg Jets favourably. Dustin Byfuglien hasn't played in 14 games, and Evander Kane has missed the last two. The presence of arguably the team's top forward and defenseman has obviously been missed in the last two games, but it's not like Winnipeg haven't played well without them in the lineup.
January 13 2012 03:28PM
I was comparing home and road splits for team score-tied Fenwick percentage earlier and noticed an odd discrepancy for the Calgary Flames: the team is sixth in the league in possession at home, yet 29th in possession on the road.
December 15 2011 11:56AM
The Winnipeg Jets host the Washington Capitals tonight in a Southeast Division showdown. I've written before that the key to Winnipeg staying in the playoff hunt rests on whether or not any players from the Jets' marginally talented division play like they can. Thus far, both Washington and Tampa Bay have showed little that indicates that they're playoff teams.
December 07 2011 01:38PM
Hockey seasons are long.
It takes a while for us to be able to tell with certainty what type of team any given club will become. Take the Winnipeg Jets, for instance. You could look at them at the start of the season as a team that had a young corps of players, but without making any major offseason moves, probably not a competing playoff team after finishing 12th in the conference, 13 points out of a playoff spot last season.
November 30 2011 02:34PM
Evander Kane pocketed another pair of goals Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators to give him 12 goals on the year. He now leads the Winnipeg Jets in points as well as goals. A slow start didn't deter the former Vancouver Giant, who has popped off with seven goals in his last seven after scoring just five in his first 16.