October 20 2013 11:58AM
The Predators are in town for game five of the Jets' six-game home stand. Nashville was a mess last year, taking 14th in the West and 27th in league. Their -28 goal differential was miles worse than even Winnipeg's -16. (Yay for being no worse than plain-old-bad!) In aggregate, the team is well on its way to another disapppointing season with a Division basement -5 goal differential through 8 games, early injuries, mediocre special teams, and an even strength goals for percentage of just 40%. And yet a late (highlight reel) goal in Montreal last night by 4th overall pick Seth Jones puts the Preds into 4th in the Central standings.
October 19 2013 05:48PM
The Jets straight up stole this game from the St. Louis Blues. Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself.
October 19 2013 04:50PM
The Jets managed to steal a win from a tough Blues squad last night to get themselves back to .500 on the season. Let’s take a look at the zone entry stats and evaluate how Pavelec did in this surprising win.
October 19 2013 01:56PM
Winnipeg wearing their new third jerseys next week
Evander Kane earned another gold star next to his name in Claude Noel's playbook. The Jets' star winger took five penalties in two games this week against the Canadiens and Blues, showing a commitment to his team's new penalty kill strategy. Coach Claude Noel ruffled feathers last week unveiling a plan to bolster the Jets' PK by taking as many penalties as possible.
October 19 2013 03:04AM
Up and down, up and down. The Jets have completed just a tenth of their schedule, sitting 4-4-0, and I'm already exhausted.
On Thursday we looked at how Claude Noel is deploying his forwards and the success they're having with their assignments. Today we turn to the defence group.
We only have so many ways to evaluate coaches, and one of them is how they use their players. We'll look at another player usage chart, and the hope is to see both the success of indivduals and pairings as well as the success of Claude Noel in putting his players in a position to succeed and responding to their performance on the ice.