April 07 2015 09:24PM
Hands up if you called Ondrej Pavelec having a 100 percent save percentage on a back-to-back and Chris Thorburn scoring the game winning goal, because that combination has never happened before...
...but it did, and it was awesome!!
The opening period had a lot of chances going either way, with a slight edge to the Winnipeg Jets. Both goalies stood strong though, with neither team scoring in the first.
The second found the Jets taking over, dominating in chances and also frustrating the St. Louis Blues into taking penalties. It was in this period that the Jets lone goal was scored by none other than Thorburn.
The Jets went into defensive shell mode for the third period for the third game in a row, causing many Jet fans to lose to lose hair and nails while gaining weight and blood pressure. In the end Pavelec kept the door closed on the Blues and pushed the Jets one step closer to the playoffs.
Let's break it down.
April 07 2015 12:06PM
Winnipeg's playoff push tour will make a stop in St. Louis on Tuesday night.
Coming off a massive 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild, the Jets will take on the Central Division-leading Blues at the Scottrade Center.
With three games remaining in the regular season, the Jets (41-26-12) hold the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference at 94 points -- one ahead of the Los Angeles Kings and two behind the Wild, who hold the first wild-card.
"There's so many big games right now, I don't think you have time to sit back and think about it," Jets captain Andrew Ladd told the Winnipeg Sun.
April 07 2015 09:34AM
Nothing is guaranteed.
Indeed while the Winnipeg Jets have their best shot at making the playoffs in the version 2.0 era, there remains a good chance that the club will miss the playoffs yet again for the fourth consecutive time since relocating to Manitoba.
We previously looked at how the Jets match up against their most likely playoff opponents. Now we turn our series to the competition.
Let's take an an in-depth look at the players in the race after the jump.
April 06 2015 09:25PM
The Winnipeg Jets beat the Minnesota Wild in the goalscoring contest.
Winnipeg started the game in typical Jet fashion we have become accustomed to: fast, hard hitting, and tenacious forechecking. The Jets kept the pressure going, eventually forcing the Wild to take a penalty. Blake Wheeler capitalized on the power play, scoring his 26th of the season.
The game got physical and intense as emotions rose with the high stakes. Jets didn't slow down or stand down and Drew Stafford got the insurance goal.
The Jets went into defensive shell mode for the third period and the Wild picked up the pace, but Ondrej Pavelec stood tall and closed the door, picking up another shutout.
Let's break it down.
April 06 2015 02:10PM
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The Winnipeg Jets will be without big minutes defenseman Tobias Enstrom for Monday night's crucial matchup against the Minnesota Wild.
Enstrom, who leads all Jets defenders in minutes played per game this season, sustained an upper-body injury late in Winnipeg's 5-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday afternoon. Though he's dinged up, Enstrom's injury isn't believed to be serious and he's still traveling with the team on their current road trip.
On Monday though he'll be replaced in the lineup by Ben Chiarot, who hasn't played since Feb. 21. Chiarot is expected to lineup in Enstrom's usual slot on Tyler Myers' left side.