March 15 2015 12:44AM
The Winnipeg Jets win! The Winnipeg Jets win!
The Jets beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in what was a more dominant performance than what the score makes it seem. Fans should not complain going on 2-2-0 on the road without arguably their best centre and best defender while playing against some formidable opponents.
In the first the Jets allowed a few more chances than what a team would normally like, but luckily Ondrej Pavelec shut things down.
After that it was almost all Jets, all the time. The Lightning struggled to handle the Jets fast and voracious forecheck. There was one slip up when Mark Stuart gave the formidable Nikita Kucherov too much room and the young forward capitalized with his 26th goal of the season.
The Jets made up for it though with a goal from Drew Stafford coming off the wall while on the power play. The goal was all new Jets, with both assists coming from Jiri Tlusty and Lee Stempniak. Blake Wheeler then took advantage of a defensive zone turnover, scoring the game winning goal for the Jets.
It's getting tight whether or not the Jets make the playoffs, but better maybe than not at all.
Let's break it down.
March 14 2015 12:05PM
After back-to-back losses on the road, the Winnipeg Jets are on the outside of the playoff picture in the Western Conference heading in action Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Jets (33-23-12, 78 points), who wrap up a four-game road trip against the Lightning, are one point behind the Los Angeles Kings for the final wild-card spot with just 13 games remaining in the season.
To make matters worse, the Jets could be without another key defenceman after Tyler Myers left Thursday night's loss against the Florida Panthers. Myers awkwardly crashed into the boards, suffering an upper-body injury.
When asked if Myers would be ready to play against the Bolts, head coach told the Winnipeg Sun: "I don't know the answer to that. I won't have an update for you until tomorrow."
March 14 2015 12:00PM
There are several high quality defensemen available in the 2015 draft but there's a range of opinion about the 'best available' at the position. Noah Hanifin remains the likely 'first defenseman off the board' but the Russian Prokorov has a lot of momentum as we head toward spring. The other name you hear about in the range of the top five overall? Zach Werenski.
March 13 2015 01:40PM
The Winnipeg Jets picked up four players for depth through trade that were all struggling in one form or the other on their past teams.
The samples are small, so while the results do carry some meaning, it is mostly anecdotal.
Let's take a look.
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March 13 2015 06:30AM
The Flames are not the Avalanche of last year, Kadri drama in Toronto, the perfect line combinations, player power rankings, leadership, the 2015 draft and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.