December 20 2016 07:55AM
The last AirMail before Christmas, and while we didn't get any Patrik Laine jerseys or Dustin Byfuglien plush dolls in with the mail, we did get three good questions relating to Laine's shooting percentage, the idea of upgrading the defense before or after the expansion draft and why no one seems to talk about what the Jets are doing on the ice.
Let's open up the bag...
December 19 2016 11:53AM
A shootout win against the Florida Panthers on Thursday was followed up by a pretty convincing win over the Colorado Avalanche and now the Jets look to turn this into an honest-to-goodness winning streak with not-quite-back-to-back games in Vancouver upcoming.
The Jets will face the Canucks for the first time this season on Tuesday and then they will have a day off in Vancouver, before tangling with the Canucks again at Rogers Arena on Thursday in another one of those NHL schedule quirks. The league has a three day shutdown over Christmas, which will actually be a four-day break for the Jets.
December 19 2016 08:24AM
Next June's expansion draft may seem like a distant thought, but it wont be long before we see teams shuffle the deck in preparation for the birth of the Vegas franchise. In the case of the Winnipeg Jets and the 29 other teams partaking in the expansion draft, lots of decisions are to be had in the coming months.
Each team can either shield 7 forwards, 3 defenceman and one goaltender, or they can opt to protect 8 skaters and one goaltender.
Today for part one of our two part expansion draft series, we will examine the 7-3-1 expansion protection route and how it would look for the Winnipeg Jets.
December 18 2016 04:37PM
The Jets didn't do anything extraordinary to win today's contest against the Avalanche and they didn't need to. The Avalanche are a bad team and all the Jets had to do was just play a simple game, stay out of the penalty box and hope Calvin Pickard didn't turn into the second coming of Patrick Roy and "the rest" as they say, "should take care of itself."
December 18 2016 10:17AM
Welcome to the Sunday matinee version of the Jets game day post, where I have to get up early to tell you what's going on with the Jets and you can enjoy your Sunday afternoon soup.
So, what is going on with your Jets? They are closing out a 2 game home stand by playing the Colorado Avalanche. The Jets are coming off of a 4-3 shoot out win against the Florida Panthers to snap their losing streak, while Colorado has lost their last 2 games.
Special teams will be the name of the game for the Jets. They allowed 3 powerplay goals against the Panthers. The Avalanche are ranked 11th on the powerplay, with a 20.4% conversion rate on the man advantage.