February 24 2012 09:19AM
What a difference a week makes.
All but left for dead after a home-ice loss to the New York Islanders on Valentine's Day, the Jets have rattled off four wins in five games--and collected nine of a possible 10 points--and now find themselves atop the Southeast Division standings through 63 games.
The Jets looked like a team on a mission last night, dominating the Lightning for 55 minutes before giving up some late goals in garbage time en route to a 4-3 win.
February 23 2012 01:59PM
I don't necessarily have a bone to pick with Ondrej Pavelec, because at the start of the season if you told me that the Winnipeg Jets were going to make the playoffs, I would have told you that it would be "thanks to" and not "in spite of" the young Jets goaltender.
Pavelec has played some amazing hockey games this season, however, he's also put up some stinkers. Remarkably inconsistent, but terrifyingly fun to watch when he's at his best, Pavelec is the kind of goalie who could win you a playoff series as an underdog.
However I think that people tend to get carried away with some saves that he's made. Specifically, this one against Philadelphia:
February 21 2012 07:42AM
Winnipeg Jets fans are in the midst of something that has happened to the majority of Canadian NHL teams in the past 20 years - they're in the middle of a playoff run that has as much possibility of the team making the playoffs as it does them not making the post season.
Having covered and watched the Montreal Canadiens before the return of the Jets, I know very well how playoff runs that come down to the wire can go - sometimes great as when the Canadiens finished sixth last season and sometimes not so great as when the Canadiens were bounced out of the playoffs with a loss to rival Toronto in their last game of the season in 2006-07.
As any hockey fan of any team that lives on the periphery of the playoff picture year in and year out - excluding Detroit for the last 20 years, Vancouver the last 10 years, and Pittsburgh the last five years - it is nerve wracking to even watch a single game because so much hangs in the balance.
February 19 2012 01:34PM
Playoffs are a distant hope for the third straight season in Edmonton this year. The focus now shifts to the pending trade deadline, the kids and, eventually, the draft. This week Allan visits with California hockey fan and writer Earl Sleek, welcomes various voices familiar with both pro and amateur Edmonton prospects and shares some reader/listener thoughts on the rapidly approaching deadline.
This is Nation Radio.
February 18 2012 12:49AM
"Rather than spit some outsider gibberish about what we think about the trade deadline we asked friend of the Nation Brian Sutherby - veteran of 460 NHL games and a fella who has been traded twice - what its like to go through the deadline as an NHL player.
It's kinda like cheating on a test. Why learn math when we can ask the smartest kid in the class to take the test for us? That's good thinkin' right there.
The rest of this article is all him as they say* But we take all the credit for forcing him to write it with all the threatening BBMs that we have sent that arrive in the middle of the night due to the time difference.
Classic." - Wanye