February 06 2014 03:28PM
The Jets 2.1 are 9-2 since the fateful day between games against Columbus and Phoenix. Major problems on the team remain. Thorburn is playing up the lineup. The defence has limited depth and Mark Stuart is playing over his head. The goalie is putting up wins for the first time in his career, but career back-up and draft-bust Al Montoya continues to post the better individual numbers. Setoguchi is still awkward on the left wing and Dustin Byfuglien is half the forward that he is a defender.
In spite of confusing lines and sub-optimal team utilization, the Jets are genuinely, truly a much better hockey club than they were this time last month. Tighter formations in the breakout were obvious by game 3, and have now been referenced by the players publicly. High forward support in defensive transition has made for neutral zone pressure, let the defence close their gaps, and cut down on the 5-alarm 3-on-2's and 2-on-1's. A forecheck pressure point that doesn't require two forwards below the goal line has tightened the spacing of the 5-man unit and suddenly players who looked like problems playing on their tiny island are looking capable as part of a team effort.
February 04 2014 09:50PM
A Hurricanes fan doing good work behind Maurice.
It doesn't really seem to matter who or how well the Jets play lately, the wins just keep on a-coming.
February 04 2014 09:57AM
On this week's episode, the guys have a lengthy discussion on big media and the blogosphere, share our fear of playoff contention, and play Fair or Foul regarding criticizing one dimensional players. All that, plus Dallas Eakins, Mark Stuart and Neil's awful attempt at spelling Jiri Tlusty.
February 04 2014 09:44AM
Photo by Scott the Hobo
Tonight's contest against the Carolina Hurricanes is a must win for Winnipeg for two reasons:
Firstly, almost every game until the end of the season should be treated like a Game Seven as the Jets find themselves nipping at the heels of the final two Wild Card spots in the West.
And secondly, the Hurricanes aren't very good.
February 03 2014 10:13PM
The Jets won a scrappy game in Montreal Sunday afternoon, playing a road game a way that you want it to be played: by controlling the puck more often and strong play in the neutral zone.