20 Game Update: Jets Zone Entries

Travis Hrubeniuk
November 15 2013 01:53PM

This season at Jets Nation, I've begun tracking zone entry data. In other words, the number of times and method by which the Jets enter the offensive zone.

Why? A study completed by Eric Tulsky and Broad Street Hockey has shown that teams who enter the offensive zone with control of the puck are the teams that create more offence through control of neutral zone play and maintaining possession.

I've been giving game-by-game updates, but this data is better used with larger sample sizes. Therefore, today we will take a look at the Jets' numbers through their first 20 games and see how they are performing as a group and individually.

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Friday Five-Hole: Politics

Rhys Finnick
November 15 2013 01:48PM

Discussing a new breakout formation to use against left-wing pinkos.

This weekly column looks to discuss a certain number of relevant Jets topics on a certain day of the week. That certain number? Five. That day of the week? Friday. Also, hole. This is the Friday Five-Hole.

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Jets Scoring Chances: 20 Games In

Travis Hrubeniuk
November 15 2013 05:04AM

We’re already right along that quarter point in the season, and the Jets have been able to show us some of the good, and some of the bad. I’ve been providing you with the scoring chances following every game this season, and now we'll look at how the guys have performed overall to date.

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JGD 21: Broad Street Bullied

Kevin McCartney
November 15 2013 04:51AM

The famed Broad Street 

Thanks to a three game winning streak, the visiting Flyers have crawled all the way up to 13th in the East. Struggling stars, limited depth, a well respected coach fired after three games, and the 2nd worst scoring rate in the league have combined to make Philadelphia the most obvious source of two points on the Jets' November calendar.

Of course, with years of experience against the Panthers and Hurricanes, the Jets know better than to be counting points before the final buzzer. Even more importantly, a team that was in a tail spin just one week ago has suddenly scored 11 of their season total 33 goals in the 3 games coming into tonight's matchup. 

Suddenly, it's the tale of two teams on hot streaks, each trying to prove they've left October behind.

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Pavelec's Performance: A Season Changer?

Kevin McCartney
November 14 2013 09:54AM

Ondrej Pavelec's recent stretch of games has improved his individual numbers to rarely seen highs for the often criticized netminder. His start to the season included some stellar performances in losing efforts, but the wheels fell off in his first back-to-back against Minnesota and Dallas. A Montoya shutout led us down a familiar road of asking whether Pavelec could ever be a starting quality goalie in the National Hockey League.

Fast forward to the present, and a stretch of three wins that included a shutout and a 41 save performance has even noted Post-Pavelec Stress Syndrome sufferer Travis Hrubeniuk singing Pav's praises. Going into what will no doubt be his 17th start of the season on Friday, Pavelec has a .913 save percentage, including .924 at even strength. It's still a tad below average for a starting goaltender in the league, but it's miles past where he's been in recent years.

Inside we'll look at how Pav's recent league average goaltending would have affected the Jets in years past, and what we can expect going forward.

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