March 18 2012 05:06PM
So, rumour has it spring has made its presence felt in the swamps of Southern Manitoba while I've been wallowing in a bunch of beer and loud music. Given all of the horror stories the new Jets likely heard before the year about the relentless misery of Winnipeg's winter, they might be entitled to think that maybe people were over-selling the hardships, since this season's iteration has been almost uniformly mild by normal standards.
Indeed, the time spent by the club at home has been bucolic in virtually every concievable way, on and of the ice, with even the few open practices that take place away from MTS Centre populated by happy throngs. The atmosphere really is that of a small city gone a bit dotty, and the team has seemed to feed off of that joy enroute to a stellar record at home.
March 16 2012 12:38PM
The latest installment in Winnipeg's 17 game playoff series (pace Noel) drops at MTS Centre this evening, and for the first time in a couple of weeks, scoreboard watching will take a back seat. After a leisurely run against a few Western Conference squads, the Jets play a team in the Eastern Conference race, and to be precise, it's the team most likely to stand as the primary impediment between the locals and the post-season.
March 14 2012 12:12PM
After a fruitless road trip to the Canadian West, the Jets return to action tonight facing a rather unpleasant reality. The mirage of a playoff spot held mostly by playing more games than other teams has ended, and as a result, they find themselves 6 points in arrears with 13 to play. Not optimal, to say the least.
This evening's opponent presents a significant challenge in their own right, and unlike the last visitor to MTS, their recent hot streak has the whiff of something a bit sturdier.
March 05 2012 11:18AM
The Jets wrap up their extended stay at home by playing number two of Claude Noel's self-proclaimed seventeen game playoff series this evening, with the first outing having gone just about as well as anyone could have hoped. The seven-spot they posted on Thursday wasn't exactly representative of the play, but Winnipeg's had a few encounters go the other direction this year, so that night was quite possibly just the bounces evening out rather than any undue fortune at work.
March 01 2012 10:30PM
Well, you don't see this every day. Winnipeg put up a converted touchdown on the Panthers this evening, and without question the most astonishing moment was the Jets' 4th goal, when a bit of timely defensive work by Blake Wheeler turned some Florida pressure into this:
Beauty. Bryan Little will never score an easier goal, and good job that he finished it, too, because they were coming right at my end of the rink, and I can guarantee you there wasn't going to be anyone back to defend if he missed.