November 07 2016 10:06AM
13 games in to the season, the Winnipeg Jets goaltending hasn't been what many thought it would be. Maybe expectations were too high to begin with, but that hasn't stopped people from pointing the finger at the Jets goaltending for the team's early struggles. Drew Stafford, Mathieu Perreault, Bryan Little and Tyler Myers are currently on the IR and along with Jacob Trouba still holding out, you'll still find people electing the goaltending as the team's scapegoat.
26 year-old Michael Hutchinson and 23 year-old Connor Hellebuyck shouldn't be blamed entirely for the team's performance, it's time to cut the Jets goaltenders some slack and understand the situation surrounding them.
November 06 2016 08:05PM
The Rangers showed why they are in first place as the Jets once again had a nightmare of a second period. Four goals in the second, three on Connor Hellebuyck and one on the first shot against Michael Hutchinson once the hook had come out, were more than the Jets could come back from.
The Jets now head home to face Dallas on Tuesday before flying out west for a back-to-back against Arizona on Thursday and Colorado on Friday and rounding out the week back home against LA next Sunday afternoon. Something tells me 'goaltending' might come up in discussion throughout the week, too.
After the jump, we'll look a little closer at the Jets' seventh loss of the season.
November 06 2016 11:50AM
The Jets' third game in four nights on the road has them facing the red hot New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. After dropping a heartbreaker to the Capitals on Tuesday, then stealing a point with a comeback in Washington on Thursday and gutting out a solid win over the Red Wings in their last trip to the Joe on Friday, Winnipeg limps into New York as a battered club with seven players nursing injuries to face an Eastern Conference leading Rangers team that has won four in a row. The Rangers defeated the Bruins 5-2 in Boston last night behind 35 saves from backup goaltender Annti Raata and look to extend their winning stream with Henrik Lundqvist returning to the net.
The Jets iced their youngest lineup yet on Friday with recent callups Nic Petan, Andrew Copp, and Marko Dano playing important minutes and not looking out of place. They'll be in for another test from the high scoring Rangers who lead the league in goal differential with a +23 (50 goals scored in 12 games, compared to the Jets with 32).
Puck drops at 6pm. Coverage on Sportsnet and TSN1290. After the jump we look at the projected lines.
November 05 2016 09:00AM
The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn't quite deserve its own article.
The Columbus Blue Jackets beat the crap out of the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 10-0. It was probably the greatest game in franchise history, but, of course, all anybody can talk about is Shea Weber.
November 04 2016 08:59PM
The Winnipeg Jets are like a bacon triple cheeseburger. They're plenty of fun to consume, but they're not so good for the heart. Once again the Cardiac Kids of the NHL had to overcome a third period deficit to win a game. Four third period goals including the first two goals in Brandon Tanev's career gave the Jets a stirring 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.