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When will the Jets production catch up to their performance?

After flirting with a playoff spot midway through December, Winnipeg, with last night’s loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, have now dropped 3 of their last 11 since Claude Noel threw out his 2011 calendar. Obviously, 2011 was a terrific year for hockey in Winnipeg, what with the NHL returning, and a pretty good team playing…

Looking ahead: What is wrong with the Washington Capitals?

The Winnipeg Jets host the Washington Capitals tonight in a Southeast Division showdown. I’ve written before that the key to Winnipeg staying in the playoff hunt rests on whether or not any players from the Jets’ marginally talented division play like they can. Thus far, both Washington and Tampa Bay have showed little that indicates…

Don’t look now, Jets within striking distance

Hockey seasons are long. It takes a while for us to be able to tell with certainty what type of team any given club will become. Take the Winnipeg Jets, for instance. You could look at them at the start of the season as a team that had a young corps of players, but without…

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Evander Kane: Where the goals are coming from

Evander Kane pocketed another pair of goals Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators to give him 12 goals on the year. He now leads the Winnipeg Jets in points as well as goals. A slow start didn’t deter the former Vancouver Giant, who has popped off with seven goals in his last seven after scoring…

Six thoughts 11/19/11: Jets 6-4 Flyers

In a matinee on Hockey Night in Canada, the Winnipeg Jets jumped out (as usual) to an early lead at home, and withstood a couple of late technical glitches, including one by CBC, hanging on for a 6-4 win over the Flyers. They now have a 2-0 record over Philadelphia, with a goals for/against record…

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Six thoughts 11/17/11 Jets 4:1 Capitals

Coming off a big Monday win against one division rival at home, the Winnipeg Jets met the Washington Capitals for the first time this season and had a big win against this division rival as well. Geographically, the two probably do not qualify as being in the “Southeast” but in the standings, they all count,…

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….

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:

Ondrej Pavelec wants to make all the saves

Over the last five games or so, Ondrej Pavelec has been the best Jet, stealing a couple of wins in Florida and on Long Island and has really impressed casual on-lookers with his style of save-making. If you haven’t listened to our own Scott Taylor discuss Pavelec on Nation Radio this week, please, take the…

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Three goalie controversies worth following

  There has been a lot of talk in Vancouver recently about goaltenders and whether Roberto Luongo is the right guy to carry this team. But early in the season, this is a narrative that carries across many hockey markets, and, valid or not, the play of a goaltender is one that dominates headlines as…

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Six thoughts 10/31/11 Jets 4-3 Panthers (SO)

Being Halloween, the Winnipeg Jets made their fans sit through a bit of a scare, giving up a 2-0 first period lead, forcing themselves to tie it up with 49.9 seconds to go and wait all the way to a shootout before earning two points against the Florida Panthers. -Jets/Panthers on Monday night means football,…