JN AirMail: Janurary 11, 2016

Art Middleton
January 11 2016 07:30AM


A light week as far as the mail bag goes. Don't hesitate to ask questions related to the Jets, the league or even about Jets Nation and us writers! How do you do that you ask? Simply send us an @ mention to JetsNation on Twitter with the tag #JNAirMail. You can also send us a DM on that same Twitter account, you can leave a message on our Facebook page, or you can send an e-mail to JNAirMail@shaw.ca.

On to the questions!

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Jets Nation Recap: Jets Fail to Go two up in Standings, one up in Kane Trade

Vinnie Criscenzo
January 10 2016 05:40PM

Before we get into the game itself, there was some concerning news after the game. 

Hope it's nothing serious, but it's something to keep an eye on. 

It was a game that was important to the Winnipeg Jets in several ways. 

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JGD 42: Jets Host Sabres In Just Another Regular Mid-Season Hockey Game

Art Middleton
January 10 2016 07:00AM

Winnipeg Jets are back home after a .500 five game road trip and hosting the Buffalo Sabres who are in the middle of a three game road trip. It should be a fine afternoon contest and as these two teams barely ever see each other, should lack any kind of emotion and may even be a bit on the boring side!


Wait, why are you all wearing track suits?

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5 things: How good is Hellebuyck?

Ryan Lambert
January 08 2016 04:43PM

1. The story so far

The prolonged absence due to injury of Ondrej Pavelec and the relatively poor play of Michael Hutchinson created something of a whirlwind that swept Connor Hellebuyck to power, and now it seems as if that power won't be relinquished any time soon.

Hellebuyck didn't exactly get a slow run-out with the Jets, and was instead thrown pretty quickly into the fire, but has excelled to an almost ludicrous extent. Behind the same team and in close to the same number of games, Hellebuyck has a save percentage more than 30 points higher than either of the previous Jets' goalies, and one wonders if that forces Winnipeg to make some very tough decisions when Pavelec comes back from injury.

This is, after all, a team which is holding on tenuously to realistic playoff hopes (they entered Friday four points back of Nashville for the final wild card spot, the only one to which they have any sort of realistic access) and Hellebuyck seems to be the only goaltender who can actually get them there. A combined .937 save percentage across 14 appearances will yield a 9-4-1 record pretty much of the time, and even there you have to say he's been a bit unlucky if nothing else. The Jets' penalty-killing problems are often discussed and illustrated once again on a pretty much nightly basis at this point, and Hellebuyck is as much a victim as anyone. He, unlike the other goalies to man the Winnipeg crease this season, at least has the ludicrous 5-on-5 numbers to overcome even the worst penalty kill on a lot of nights.

And that's a quality he's shown far more often than not in his career.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
January 08 2016 06:00AM

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Jonathan Drouin and Kerby Rychel trade demands, Canucks too proud to tank, Jake Virtanen a Canadian villain, Jarome Iginla hits 600, Zack Kassian speaks, Winnipeg working on outdoor game, it's good Seth Jones is not an Oiler, Kings take on Lecavalier for some reason, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings. 

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