October 05 2015 06:55AM
It is only preseason hockey.
The score has no impact on on the standings. Linemates and opposition can vary anywhere between junior to NHL calibre. Some players are fighting for jobs or to make an impression, while others are just trying to get their legs and timing ready for the show.
The huge difference in potential environments makes any analysis from numbers needing more than just a grain of salt.
However, the numbers are not meaningless either, so let's take a look at the shot metrics for the Winnipeg Jets preseason players.
October 03 2015 10:59PM
It started off rough - both the preseason and tonight's game itself - but the Jets closed out the 2015 preseason by winning their third in a row and second in as many games over the Calgary Flames by a 3-2 score.
The game wasn't without a few moments of drama.
October 03 2015 04:36PM
Michael Spacek was drafted 47th overall in the CHL Import Draft over the past summer by the Red Deer Rebels in a push to cement their roster as the 2016 Memorial Cup hosting team. Thus far, Spacek has led the Rebels to a 3-0 record as well as becoming the leading scorer with 7 points (4G, 3A) in 3 games, which also places him second in WHL scoring.
Spacek has been quick to show off both his shifty playmaking skills and goalscoring ability, and has been lighting up the WHL alongside teammate Ivan Nikolishin who plays with Spacek on the power play.
See below the jump for videos of Spacek in action.
October 03 2015 10:57AM
It's one last chance to make it to the dance for rookies Nic Petan, Nik Ehlers, Andrew Copp and Thomas Raffl, a last chance for Flames rookies such Ryan Wilson to leave an impression with their coaches and a chance for veterans of both teams to gear up before the season starts next week.
Unlike Thursday's contest, the Flames will be bringing a lineup that looks more like their regular NHL lineup and with the chippiness of the third period it could be a more intense affair in the Saddledome tonight.
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October 02 2015 06:45AM
Trade rumors of Zajac to Toronto swirl, Brandon Sutter's big expectations in Vancouver, Flames predicted to make playoffs, young core better positioned than Oilers, Maurice and Yeo clash in Winnipeg, Eberle out for a while in Edmonton, young kids making rosters, training camp cuts, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings