April 13 2015 05:35PM
They're in. It wasn't easy though. In fact, many Winnipeggers suffered heart attacks in the process but the Winnipeg Jets clinched their first playoff berth since the franchise arrived from Atlanta in 2011. Even though the Jets lost in a nerve-wracking shootout to the Colorado Avalanche, the Calgary Flames did the Jets a huge favour moments later by defeating the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 to eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champions.
April 13 2015 05:04PM
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If you want to bet on a Stanley Cup dark horse ahead of the opening of playoff season, you can't do better than the Winnipeg Jets.
A big, deep, occasionally dominant puck possession side, the Jets are seen by many as something of a Western Conference dark horse. The on-line sports books don't seem to share that point of view, as bodog.ca has priced out the Jets as having the single longest Stanley Cup odds of any NHL playoff team.
April 13 2015 12:43PM
In 2011-12, the Los Angeles Kings snuck into the playoffs as the final seed in the Western Conference with 95 points, a 40-27-15 record, and a +15 goal differential. They then proceeded to dominate, taking out that year's President's Trophy winner in the first round, and eventually earn the Stanley Cup.
The Kings took the NHL by surprise, only losing four games in total after four playoff series.
Could the Winnipeg Jets do the same?
The answer in hockey is always yes. Hockey is one of the more luck ladened sports and because of this everything is always possible, just not always probable.
We will take a more in-depth look after the jump.
April 13 2015 10:15AM
Playoff hockey is nearly upon us and the Nations Network is holding a playoff pool draft for charity.
Do you like hockey? Do you like hockey drafts? Do you like hockey pools? Do you like hockey playoffs? Do you like helping charities?
If any or all of these apply, you should check out The Nation Drafts Prize-a-Palooza after the jump.
April 11 2015 05:30PM
Hey, you! Yes, you! Are you excited for playoff hockey? Do you like winning sweet prizes? Are you not only morally superior to those heathen Flames, Jets, Canucks and Oilers fans, but intellectually superior too? Well, it's time to step up and prove it - the NationDrafts charity playoff hockey pool is here!
Join us after the jump for details on how to enter, support a good cause, and win some great prizes!