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JGD #36: Securing The Playoffs

View image | gettyimages.com The Jets return from the holiday break sitting 6th in the West, but still 4th in the Central and thus in a Wildcard playoff spot. The teams in the hunt as the calendar turns appear to be Calgary – a team with just two wins in their last ten games and more…

Mark Stuart Out Until February: Uh…

View image | gettyimages.com The Jets play the Detroit Red Wings on Valentine’s day this year. It will be a very special Valentine’s, as it might be the next time the Jets have a healthy blue line.  With Enstrom out since November 23rd, Bogosian since December 3rd, and Trouba in the infirmary until February, news…

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Jets Weekly Preview #11: Waffer thin

View image | gettyimages.com Paul Maurice is making room on his mantle for a Jack Adams award right now, such is his confidence that a blue line without Enstrom, Bogosian and now Trouba (the team’s top-3 defenders coming into the season) can maintain the Jets’ winning pace.  The Jets enter week 11 having snapped their streak…

Cory Conacher Passes through Waivers: Is this the end?

View image | gettyimages.com Cory Conacher is not a well-known player in the NHL, even after stints in four markets. An undrafted college free-agent signing by the Lightning, he steamrolled the AHL as a 5’8″ 21 year old after being told he might never walk properly as an infant and living with type 1 diabetes since childhood….

Kane Suspended Two Games: Playing without Evander

Evander Kane was suspended for two games for his hit from behind on Clayton Stoner. The loss comes at a difficult time for the Jets. Not only are they facing two Divisional opponents in those games, but injuries to Enstrom, Bogosian, and Clitsome have forced Byfuglien back on defence and thinned out an already shallow…

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Jets Weekly Preview #10: Before the Storm

#459910398 / gettyimages.com It’s week ten of the season already, and the Jets are off to their best start in history at 14-9-5. The Jets took five of a possible six points out of their home stand this past week, finally reaching a positive home record on the year at 6-5-2 and ending week nine with an even…

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JGD #28: Taking the Positive

#147217646 / gettyimages.com With a 6-2 win over the Avalanche, the Jets have managed a positive goal differential for the first time since game 3 of the season. Huzzah!  It’s been a well earned return to the black, with two wins on this home stand coming on top of an 8-4-3 November record. The Jets’ defensive…

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JGD #27: Winning in the Division

The long existing schism in the Dustin Byfuglien fan-base is about to explode. Injuries have piled up on the back-end at the NHL level (Enstrom, Clitsome, Bogosian) and AHL level (Ellerby, Fredheim), and a blue line that boasted Adam Pardy and Paul Postma as regulars wasn’t deep to begin with.  Andrew Halipchuk looked at the move…

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The Century Mark

#459909544 / gettyimages.com The first draft pick of Kevin Cheveldayoff and the Winnipeg Jets 2.0 played his 100th game against the Edmonton Oilers this week. Mark Scheifele was a contentious pick at #7 overall on draft day in 2011, a noted reach that saw the team pass on Sean Couturier (#8, 230 NHL games) most notably,…

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JGD #26: Oil Slick

#187750871 / gettyimages.com I have to begin with a confession I’ve made before – I was born in Edmonton, and I grew up an Oilers fan. Regardless of that fact, I think the misery of the Oiler predicament has moved past funny and into the territory usually reserved for when your friend is in a bad…

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JGD #24: The Majestic American Buffalo

#200198248-001 / gettyimages.com The Jets’ mid-week, Eastern-conference-also-ran back-to-back concludes today with a contest against a team with an historical misnomer for a city name. You see, the American Bison (Bison Bison) is not a buffalo at all! (Gasps!) The contest is effectively won. I mean, try getting a fighter jet to change its migratory pattern…

Are the Jets turning their season around?: Pavelec In November

#458252498 / gettyimages.com The Jets posted back to back shutouts against original six teams with recent playoff success, turning the narrative of their season upside down. With Kane back in the lineup, and each goaltender securing their respective first shutout, it’s hard not to have some excitement that the Jets are out of the basement and…