January 24 2012 05:13PM
After flirting with a playoff spot midway through December, Winnipeg, with last night's loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, have now dropped 3 of their last 11 since Claude Noel threw out his 2011 calendar. Obviously, 2011 was a terrific year for hockey in Winnipeg, what with the NHL returning, and a pretty good team playing some pretty good hockey for them.
But, despite controlling the flow of play in the first bit of 2012, the hockey Gods haven't looked upon your Winnipeg Jets favourably. Dustin Byfuglien hasn't played in 14 games, and Evander Kane has missed the last two. The presence of arguably the team's top forward and defenseman has obviously been missed in the last two games, but it's not like Winnipeg haven't played well without them in the lineup.
January 23 2012 08:01PM
A Rare Occurrence This Month: A Jets Goal Celebration.
Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was in the press box in Raleigh, N.C. Monday night. He told Dennis Beyak on TSN Jets TV that he was "evaluating his hockey team."
When the game between the Jets and the Carolina Hurricanes was over, Cheveldayoff probably evaluated the Jets 2-1 loss the same way everyone else did. Yes, Dustin Byfuglien has been out with an injury for awhile and yes, Evander Kane has suffered a concussion and is out indefinitely, but at some point, Cheveldayoff's Jets are going to need a legitimate scorer or two or maybe three.
January 22 2012 12:10PM
With Edmonton's post-season hopes once again turning cold, Lowetide's attention is sensibly turning to the long-term again, with his gaze shifting towards the upcoming draft in June 2012. Futures and the ever depressing Battle of Alberta are the topics du jour.
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January 22 2012 08:01AM
Evander Kane is a gifted hockey player. No question about it, he can play. He's 6-foot-2, 200 pounds and can skate and score. When he comes flying down the wing, he reminds some of the old-timers of Bobby Hull. He's considered by most NHL scouts as a 20-year-old with a tremendous future.
These days he's the Jets leading goal scorer with 18 and the second-leading scorer with 31 points. But he's now in a dreadful slump -- he hasn't scored a goal in 10 games, has only two points in the last 10 and is minus-eight.
He's also developing a horrible reputation and whether that's fair or not probably doesn't matter. Somehow, in a city that has embraced its hockey team with an enthusiasm never seen before in Winnipeg -- perhaps never seen in this country -- one player has upset the fans so completely that he's now the butt of jokes, the source of rumours and the target of large, homemade signs of derision.
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January 21 2012 08:31PM
A remarkable night for Florida's Scott Clemmensen
The way things are going in the Southeast Division, with a couple more wins, the Winnipeg Jets just might jump from 10th to third in the NHL's Eastern Conference.
Of course, the Jets have to corral those wins first and it would help if they didn't give away three goals.
Saturday night at the MTS Centre, the Jets skated the sluggish Florida Panthers right out the south exit, outshot them 44-23, and lost. That's right. They lost. 4-3 in a seven-round shootout.
The Jets picked up a point and they're still 10th in the Eastern Conference, but Saturday night Winnipeg had a chance to move within a point of the first-place Panthers and second-place Washington Capitals. However, because of three giveaways and a shootout loss, the Jets have 50 points, Washington has 52 and Florida now has 54.