PLAYER SELECTION

Brian Sutherby
January 20 2014 08:55AM

During and after the fireworks in Vancouver on Saturday night, many people wanted to get on Canucks head coach John Tortorella for being so mad. Claiming that if he didn’t want or expect that to happen, he should have put out a more skilled line.

I disagree.

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Game 50 vs Edmonton: Pavelec Performance & Neutral Zone Play

Travis Hrubeniuk
January 19 2014 08:00PM

Well that was exciting.

The joy seems to be back in Joyville. Wait. Sorry, wrong head coach.

Things seem to be going pretty well for the Jets lately, and a dominant performance against the Edmonton Oilers really proved that point. The dominance started in the neutral zone though, where the controlled entry bug seems to be spreading throughout the lineup.

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Game 50 vs Edmonton: Scoring Chances and Observations

Travis Hrubeniuk
January 19 2014 07:56PM

Chart via Extraskater.com

The Jets put another solid performance together against a lowly opponent in the Edmonton Oilers Saturday afternoon. It was their third win a row under Coach Paul Maurice as he continues to become the most popular man in the city. Well, next to Jacob Trouba that is.

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The Axe

Ross Smith
January 19 2014 01:48PM

Last Sunday the axe fell on Claude Noel, lopping his weary coaching head from his would-rather-be-golfing body. It was the execution that capped weeks of frustration from both the team and the fan base with the suggested remedies ranging from “trade all our best players” to “force members of ownership and management into a Battle Royale to the death where the victor will win not only his precious freedom but the confidence of season ticket holders”. (The latter may have just been a dream I had.) The flurry of online reaction, both snark and relief with a soupcon of speculation about what Paul Maurice will bring to the table, gave me pause to consider what is one of the more humiliating experiences of our daily humdrum: getting fired.

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Jets Post-Game 50: Trouba for Mayor

Kevin McCartney
January 18 2014 04:14PM

The Cold War in hockey stills

For Jets fans, this contest had a charming effect. Goals exclusively by rookies and time spent in the zone furthest from their struggling netminder were enough to push the mistakes to the back burner on Paul Maurice's continued campaign for the hearts and minds of Jets fans. For Oilers fans, it was another frustrating afternoon with more promise than delivery.

In either case, these old rivals brightened an afternoon in January with big hits, crazy chances, and a few bonus minutes for the hoarse fans at the MTS Centre.

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