JGD #28: Taking the Positive

Kevin McCartney
December 07 2014 12:49PM

With a 6-2 win over the Avalanche, the Jets have managed a positive goal differential for the first time since game 3 of the season. Huzzah! 

It's been a well earned return to the black, with two wins on this home stand coming on top of an 8-4-3 November record. The Jets' defensive work has them 4th in the league for goals against, bolstered by rookie Michael Hutchinson's stunning 1.62 GAA and .943 sv% through seven starts. The promise of this hockey club - to be a competitive, playoff level team in the West - is being realized under a more patient set of tactics. 

Still, strength of schedule has played a large part, as the Jets have played just 15 of their 27 games against teams currently in a playoff position. In those games, the team has a 4-8-3 record, going 10-1-1 against lesser opponents. Collecting points when they are available is a must for any team trying to make the playoffs, but beating the top 15 clubs is the next test. Even without Corey Perry, the Ducks represent another opportunity for the Jets to show their mettle against the league's best.

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First Star, Worst Star: December 7, 2014

December 07 2014 07:30AM


Death, taxes, and the Oilers never winning a game. Some things in life are certain, just like I'm certain that it's time once again for another edition of First Star, Worst Star. 

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Well, I guess I was wrong

Trin Potratz
December 06 2014 07:46PM

Oh my good friends here at JetsNation, how I have missed you.

During the move to a new city (the city of champions losers), I found myself working mandatory overtime leaving me too exhausted to get internet and TV at my new place. Well, I finally ponied up and accomplished that goal.

Enough about me, how about your Winnipeg Jets??? The team I pegged to draft Connor McDavid is looking like a legitimate threat at taking a Western Conference playoff spot. 

To say I was wrong may be an understatement. Let's look at my early season predictions and do an assessment now…

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Changing of the guard: Is it time to switch to Hutch?

Andrew Halipchuk
December 06 2014 04:03PM

It appears that there may be a change between the pipes for the Jets at some point this season, perhaps even sooner than some would have thought.

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JGD #27: Winning in the Division

Kevin McCartney
December 05 2014 04:15PM

The long existing schism in the Dustin Byfuglien fan-base is about to explode. Injuries have piled up on the back-end at the NHL level (Enstrom, Clitsome, Bogosian) and AHL level (Ellerby, Fredheim), and a blue line that boasted Adam Pardy and Paul Postma as regulars wasn't deep to begin with. 

Andrew Halipchuk looked at the move of Byfuglien back to defence yesterday, arguing that despite the holes, the team was better off with him at forward. Against a talented (but so far unsuccessful) Avs club, Big Buf pulls in on defence for the first time under Paul Maurice.

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