Jets split up Antropov/Burmistrov line vs. Tampa

Claude Noel shifted his lines around at the start of last game, presumably after Winnipeg was running on a 5-game losing streak. The results came with some success, as the Jets turned in arguably their best performance of the season Monday night against Tampa Bay, defeating them 5-2 and outshooting them 36-21 at even strength….


Lies, Damned Lies, And Statistics

It’s a famous saying, one popularized by the great American writer Mark Twain, who (perhaps incorrectly) attributes it to former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” What does it mean?

Jets Make Sure Lightning Never Strikes MTS Centre

  Call it what you will, but the Winnipeg Jets brought their "A" game to the hangar on Monday night against a very difficult and stingy opponent. At the end of the night, they had their sixth win of the season and two points in the bag. The best part of the game was not…


NHLNumbers Podcast Episode 2

  The second iteration of the NHLNumbers Podcast features the regular crew from episode one (myself, Jon Willis and Justin Azevedo) as well as Gabriel Desjardins of and Arctic Ice Hockey fame. Gabe is one of the best minds in the world and pioneer when it comes to advanced hockey analysis so we were…

Six thoughts 11/14/11: Jets 5-2 Lightning

After a tough 2-1 loss in Columbus, Winnipeg returned home to face a team that they hadn’t beaten in 12 tries. They got the early lead, held on, pretty much controlled the game start to finish with probably their most impressive win yet over last season’s Eastern Conference runners-up. SIX THOUGHTS:


Five Who Should Be in the Hockey Hall

  TAMPA, Fla. — Every year, for almost 20 years, my old friend Ed Sweeney sent a letter to the Hockey Hall of Fame. As this year’s new inductees to the Hall were feted on Monday, I have taken up Ed’s gauntlet. I have decided to take it upon myself to write an open letter on…



"Protect yourself at all times." These are the instructions that boxers receive prior to a match. All hockey players need to start doing the same thing.



The many Nations in the Commonwealth are represented this week on NationRadio with a litlle something for everyone. Oklahoma City provides an Oilers related AHL update. Calgary and Toronto receive sound analysis. And some new people you know from around the interwebz also make an appearance on the Big Show with Fleet Commander Lowetide. Finally…

Five Straight Losses (OK, Two Officially). Now What?

TAMPA, Fla. — When the Winnipeg Jets returned from a very difficult seven-game road trip, my colleague here at, Matt Eichel, called it a "confidence building road swing." He was right, too. The Jets had just gone 3-2-2 against Philadelphia, Tampa, Florida, the Islanders, New Jersey, the Rangers and Buffalo and improved from 2-5-1…


An Evening With Jacques Demers

Because I teach literacy and basic skills with the Thames Valley District School Board, I was asked to attend Facing Off With Literacy, an evening headlined by guest speaker (and former Cup winner) Jacques Demers. Many of you probably remember that in 2005, Demers revealed to the world that he was functionally illiterate, that he…


The Airmiles are building up! Jets v Blue Jackets

  Tonight offers up exhibit “A” as to why Winnipeg is at a bit of a disadvantage schedule wise this season versus the rest of their division. At home Thursday after a monster road trip, then a short return to the road for one game in Columbus. That is followed by a very tough three…