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Six thoughts 10/27/11 Jets 9-8 Flyers

An absolutely wild win for the Winnipeg Jets in Philadelphia tonight. They blew 5-1 and 6-2 leads (I’m still not sold on whether or not that counts as two 4-goal leads) and somehow ended up with a 9-8 win despite being horribly outshot and, by proxy, out-chanced. It took a while to narrow these thoughts…

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Eastern Conference Bubble Update

At the outset of the season, there wasn’t a pundit or hockey writer around who suggested that the Toronto Maple Leafs or Winnipeg Jets were surefire Eastern Conference playoff favourites. Toronto was lumped in as a bubble team while Winnipeg was sort of on the fence between a bubble team and a lottery team, partly…

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Six thoughts 10/24/11 Jets 1-2 Rangers

The Winnipeg Jets coming off an impressive win at home where they finally broke through offensively out-shot, out-chanced and out-everythinged the New York Rangers Monday night but couldn’t seem to keep the scoring going. They fell 2-1. This guy beat the Jets? Really? -When you outshoot your opponent 28-17, and 24-13 at even strength, usually…

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Six thoughts 10/20/11 Jets 1-4 Senators

The Jets come into Ottawa after a rough shootout loss the previous night, and make it 0-1-1 on their Ontario mini road-trip, falling to the Senators 4-1. SIX THOUGHTS -Robert Cleave in his Jets Game Day post earlier today noted Craig Anderson’s struggles with making stops at even strength, but it appears the Winnipeg Jets…

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Six thoughts 10/19/11 Jets 3-4 Leafs

The Jets, after a strong start, blew a 3-1 third period lead and lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the shootout… SIX THOUGHTS -You can’t fault Ondrej Pavelec on either of the three regulation goals, but on the tying marker by Phil Kessel, Bryan Little who was supposed to control Dion Phaneuf at the…

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Six thoughts 10/17/11 Jets 2-1 Penguins

First win! First win! The Jets are back! The Jets are back! It was a game I don’t think many people in the hockey world expected Winnipeg to win, but they struck with two first period goals and held on for a thrilling 2-1 win over Marc-André Fleury and the Pittsburgh Penguins in what was…

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Six thoughts: @Blackhawks and @Coyotes

So a rough two-game road trip results in 4-3 and 4-1 losses to Chicago and Phoenix, respectively. Let’s give credit where credit is due and say that Phoenix had a pretty good atmosphere for their home opener. Lots of duelling chants were heard on TV and a lot of passion in that building. So, six…

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Six thoughts 10/09/11: Jets 1-5 Canadiens

A rough loss for the ‘Peg early on, with the national media having descended upon Winnipeg and the hockey world, lovers, haters, it was probably tough to find a TV this thanksgiving in a Canadian home not tuned into the Jets first game back in Winnipeg. Montreal jumped out ahead early and won quite decisively…

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Player types: The offensive forward

    Earlier, I introduced on The Nations Network a new way of looking at a player’s plus/minus rating, specifically to do with on-ice shot differential, in an effort to learn more about teams and players.

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Six thoughts: Jets 3-1 Hurricanes

    The Winnipeg Jets made their primetime national TV debut last night as they beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 with generally an NHL roster against a pretty marginal one for the Canes. This was the first time I’ve been able to watch this team over anything more than a scoresheet and boxscore, and was…

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Player types: The defensive liability

    Earlier, I introduced on The Nations Network a new way of looking at a player’s plus/minus rating, specifically to do with on-ice shot differential, in an effort to learn more about teams and players. This month, somewhat regularly, I will break down types of players and teams in an effort to localize player talents…