Jets' Enstrom day-to-day with upper-body injury; Chiarot to return Monday vs. Wild

Thomas Drance
April 06 2015 02:10PM

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The Winnipeg Jets will be without big minutes defenseman Tobias Enstrom for Monday night's crucial matchup against the Minnesota Wild.

Enstrom, who leads all Jets defenders in minutes played per game this season, sustained an upper-body injury late in Winnipeg's 5-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday afternoon. Though he's dinged up, Enstrom's injury isn't believed to be serious and he's still traveling with the team on their current road trip.

On Monday though he'll be replaced in the lineup by Ben Chiarot, who hasn't played since Feb. 21. Chiarot is expected to lineup in Enstrom's usual slot on Tyler Myers' left side.

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Playoff Push #79: Jets kick off three-game road trip against Wild

Angelo Montilla
April 06 2015 02:10PM

The Winnipeg Jets remain outside of a playoff position, but that could change on Monday night.

With just four games left in the regular season, the Jets (40-26-12) hit the road to face the Minnesota Wild as both teams look to secure post-season berths.

The Jets are tied with Los Angeles  at 92 points apiece but the Kings hold the final wild-card berth heading into action Monday.

If the Jets win in regulation, they'll be two points behind the Wild for the first wild-card berth. But there will be a lot riding on Monday's game for the Wild too, as they can lock up a playoff spot with a win over the Jets.

It should make for a fun night of hockey.

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Playoff Push: How would the Winnipeg Jets match up against the St. Louis Blues

Garret Hohl
April 06 2015 12:30PM

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Nothing is guaranteed.

Indeed while the Winnipeg Jets have their best shot at making the playoffs in the version 2.0 era, there remains a good chance that the club will miss the playoffs yet again for the fourth consecutive time since relocating to Manitoba.

Banish such darks though though because today we turn our series looking at how the Jets match up against their next most likely playoff opponents. Next up is the St. Louis Blues.

Let's take an an in-depth look at the matchup after the jump.

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Why Tyler Myers fits better in Winnipeg long-term even if he's been only a marginal upgrade on Zach Bogosian

Thomas Drance
April 06 2015 12:07PM

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In the aftermath of the Evander Kane blockbuster many analysts, myself included, found it tempting to view it as two separate deals - Kane for Drew Stafford, two quality prospects and a first-round pick, and then Zach Bogosian for Tyler Myers. 

In truth it's a deal that shouldn't be broken down into its individual components, for an important salary cap related reason. Let's get into that and look at how Bogosian and Myers have fit in with their respective new clubs since the trade.

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The Winnipeg Jets have become one of the league's elite defensive teams

Garret Hohl
April 05 2015 05:10PM

The Winnipeg Jets have improved over their term under the supervision of Paul Maurice. They are closer to the playoffs than ever before despite playing in a tougher conference than ever before.

Jets currently sit 9th in 5v5 goal differentials, while placing 13th and 15th in power play goals for and penalty kill goals against per minute. For underlying numbers, the Jets have the league's sixth best score-adjusted Corsi percentage.

The Jets have improved into arguably a top ten team, despite the fact that they may miss the playoffs this year.

The biggest improvement has been due to defense, which we will look at after the jump.

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