November 09 2011 07:28AM
Not only did Bryan Little finally bulge the twine or Ondrej Pavelec collect his first shutout, but the Winnipeg Jets were able to have a winning record on the road trip (3-2-2) and collect eight out of a possible 14 points.
Another positive from the Jets two week road trip are the emergence of Mark Flood as he fills in for the indefinitely injured Tobias Enstrom.
It seems that once Ron Hainsey, Derek Meech, and Randy Jones are back and healthy, Flood may become the seventh defensemen, if the Jets decide to continue with seven with Enstrom on the shelf.
Nation World HQ
November 08 2011 08:57PM
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- You just gotta love the Winnipeg Jets, Even if you live in Chicago or Edmonton or L.A., if you like watching hockey, you just have to love watching the Jets. After all, whenever the Jets step on the ice, anything can happen. And I'm not being hyperbolic.
There is no team in the National Hockey League that is as inconsistent in its play as the Jets.
Tuesday night at the HSBC Arena, the Jets took a quick 2-0 lead, then watched that evaporate. Then they took 3-2, 4-3 and 5-4 leads and gave up all of them. In the end, Tomas Vanek's second goal of the night, a power-play tally at 4:35 of overtime, gave the Sabres a 6-5 win. Buffalo never had the lead until Vanek scored the game winner.
November 08 2011 01:31PM
Over the last five games or so, Ondrej Pavelec has been the best Jet, stealing a couple of wins in Florida and on Long Island and has really impressed casual on-lookers with his style of save-making.
If you haven't listened to our own Scott Taylor discuss Pavelec on Nation Radio this week, please, take the time to do so, because he has some good remarks about Pavelec's style. Not quite classic butterfly, to paraphrase, and more of a hybrid style like Martin Brodeur.
November 07 2011 09:54PM
A little earlier today, colleague Scott Taylor suggested that the obvious thing the Jets could do to remedy their scoring woes was move Dustin Byfuglien back to forward. Speaking as a fantasy hockey owner with Byfuglien in the line-up, I’m all for that. That doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be a big mistake for the Jets to do it.
November 07 2011 08:54PM
Welcome to the inaugural edition of the NHLNumbers podcast. As the Nations crack tech team gear up to relaunch our salary/stats site, Jonathan Willis and I decided to get together to talk "new" stats at length and to record some of those conversations. In a radio studio. With guests. Today we debut the first of perhaps many such conversations.