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JGD 41: Not Another Avalanche Pun

Inspired by the Jets’ love for the television show Suits, I started watching the program. It’s a show about extremely well dressed corporate lawyer geniuses from Harvard who sometimes cross the line to do the right thing, and quote movie lines to each other until the conflict of the episode resolves itself. It ranks right…

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The Difference between Byfuglien and Suter in Two Pictures

Big Buf wants some love Before the game against Minnesota, Gary Lawless tweeted a not-so-subtle criticism of Dustin Byfuglien as part of the on going campaign to villify the star defender, stating it "should be an interesting exercise to compare the games of Buff and Ryan Suter." I wrote about what Byfuglien does on this roster…

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Jets Post-Game 40: Taking What’s Available

The Jets won in convincing fashion against the badly struggling Wild playing the injured and out-of-sorts Nik Backstrom between the pipes. The home team out-hit and out-shot the Wild, and managed to control the flow of play through most of the contest. But a 6-4 score still came down to luck and near misses after…

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JGD 40: Cause and Effect

In the event they lose, the Jets have a ready-made excuse for tonight’s game. Coach Claude Noel is clearly stuck in a temporal rift, and is forever repeating the same coaching mistakes until someone can free him. It’s like that Groundhog’s Day inspired episode of Star Trek "Cause and Effect" turned into a hockey team….

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Game 39 at Edmonton: Scoring Chances and Observations

Fenwick Chart via Extraskater.com After watching this game on Christmas Eve (I then felt a need to dive deep into a few cups of strong egg nog), I decided that I would not destroy my holiday. I waited until today to write about this game. I figured that it would allow the anger that built…

Your Jets Guide to the World Juniors Championship

The U-20 World Juniors Championship start today and the Jets have four players to watch. Matt Eichel wrote about them already here. Inside this article, we’ll review some of the scouting reports written on this blog and elsewhere about those four and what to watch for. 

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Jets Prospect Update

Kichton moves the puck while Pasquale and Chairot act out Wrestlemania 19. Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram It’s been a month since we looked at the progress of the Jets’ many prospects. As of the December break, St John’s IceCaps of the AHL is a mixed bag with some considerable concern surrounding a few key…

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Happy Holidays Nations

    About this time last year we at the Nations were trying to figure out a way to make the seemingly endless lock-out interesting (and to keep the lights on as our advertisers fled in terror). Flash forward 12 months and we’re bigger than ever after adding Brian Sutherby, Daily Faceoff and getting JetsNation…

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Jets Post-Game 39: Does Santa’s Workshop Do Hockey Teams?

"Just let me lay here a while… I’m so tired." Christmas is in the air, everyone, and it’s a time for joy and peace! What a pleasurable game to watch, knowing our close friends and allies on the other side of Saskatchewan were there to celebrate with us.  And that’s all the positivity I can…

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Jets Defence Usage: Byfuglien A Unique Talent

  The other day we looked at how the Jets’ coaching staff uses their forwards. We found a lot of what we already knew – that line matching is inconsistent or missing, that Matt Halischuk is not a top-9 quality forward in that environment, and that the fourth line is both a mess and comes…

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JGD 39: A Christmas Coal Mine

Things in Oil Country are getting dark. A recent 6-0 loss to St Louis started with a dominating first period by the Oilers (you read that correctly), but ended with a fan throwing his or her jersey on the ice in dismay. Poor goaltending, puck focused defence, and a methodical pace over the back 40…