February 03 2015 08:00AM
It's one thing to be good, it's another entirely to be good and young.
I wrote an article in the Winnipeg Free Press last Saturday, saying that underlying metrics say good things about the 2014-15 Winnipeg Jets. The Jets' strong numbers --such as in score adjusted Corsi percentage (SAC%)-- are a positive sign. While points and wins show where a team stands at a single moment, shot metrics are important because they better predict how a team will perform for the remainder of the season.
There are seven teams in the NHL who currently hold a better SAC% than the Winnipeg Jets. The real kicker though is only the Tampa Bay Lightning consist of a younger average roster.
The Jets' youth has not just been passengers, but have driven a lot of the success as well. In this series we will look at the Jets depth in each position, while specifically focusing on those under 25 and making an impact. Today we turn to wingers, and one especially good one.
February 02 2015 10:36PM
It could be worse... we could be the Sharks losing to the Oilers... or we could be the Oilers.— Jets Nation (@nhljetsnation) February 3, 2015
Not sure what sums it up better than that. The Winnipeg Jets are an above average team that have allowed an above average amount of goals as of late. We all knew Michael Hutchinson couldn't play like a demigod forever, but this kind of stinks.
After starting with the early lead, things started to fall apart. Ultimately the Jets gave up five goals and only were able to put two up on the scoreboard.
February 02 2015 03:40PM
The following is a look at the machinations and plots behind the scenes at the Nation Network. If you don't care/don't want to know please click here to read a riveting piece about the Oilers overcoming an early season insistence on using the swarm defense. You have been warned.
February 02 2015 12:17PM
With the NFL's Super Bowl festivities now behind us, it's time for some Winnipeg Jets hockey.
The club, winless since the All-Star break, is set to travel to Calgary to take on the Flames for the second of three meetings this season. The Flames won the first meeting back on Oct. 19 with Johnny Gaudreau scoring the game winning goal. Of course he did!
After dominating play in January, despite only going 7-6-1, the Jets enter February on a three game losing skid. The string of recent losses raises the stakes for tonight's game, as the Jets will need to turn it around, or risk losing even more ground in the loaded Central Division.
February 02 2015 10:38AM
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They've been called "the Glenn Healy" of NHL Power Rankings, they've been furiously annotated and derided as useless. And now they're here. Available across the Nation Network: it's NHL Power Rankings!