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from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
The Jets have picked the worst possible time to go into the tank, last night’s 4-2 gift to the New York Rangers the latest example of a team finding different ways to melt down when it matters most.
This swan dive to the regular-season finish line has produced just two wins in 10 games, and only half of them have been without the 20-year-old Scheifele in the lineup....
The Jets inability to lift their game to the level required at this time of year can be reflected in some badly-time scoring slumps.
Evander Kane’s well-publicized drought has reached 11 games, and he’s minus-eight in his last six games.
Blake Wheeler has one goal in his last 13, Devin Setoguchi one in 12.
Zach Bogosian has been a plus player once in the last 11 games.
The old adage about big-time players coming up big in big-time games simply doesn’t apply, here.
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
The Jets find themselves in a familiar position as silly season shifts into overdrive, within striking distance of a playoff spot and just three games to play before the 2 p.m. CT deadline on March 5.
But the Jets have got plenty of company in the playoff race, which means the scales currently tip in the direction of teams in selling mode, with asking prices expected to be sky high.
Generally speaking, players who are set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1 make up the majority of those who will be on the move.
It's almost certain the Jets won't be in the market to bring in a rental player.
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
Paul Maurice has already done so much for the Winnipeg Jets in his short tenure as coach, so it was fitting that his team paid it back some on Tuesday night.
Maurice's return to Raleigh to face the franchise with which he grew up was surely an emotional one, and beating the Hurricanes 2-1 had to feel pretty good. Knowing Maurice, he'll tell you that the most important thing was that the Jets earned two more points.
They're now 9-2 under Maurice, who replaced the fired Claude Noel. The Jets pulled to within just two points of the slumping Canucks, who have now lost five in a row after falling to Boston.
more plus Burnside on Ryan Callahan, LeBrun looks at the playoff race in the West and Strang on the Rangers...
Players that embellish on a consistent basis run the risk of not receiving the benefit of the doubt when they are legitimately fouled. Brendan Gallagher is too effective and too good a player to develop that unwanted reputation from the refs.
from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
It's a fair and timely question and one certainly worth asking right now about the Winnipeg Jets:
Who the heck are these guys, anyway?
Given up for dead three weeks ago, the Jets have ripped off the toe tag and jumped off the slab to get back into the Western Conference playoff discussion by going 8-2 in their first 10 games under new head coach Paul Maurice.
And the effort they served up in Sunday afternoon's 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre now appears to be more of a trend than a blip. They got solid goaltending from Al Montoya and good work from everyone in white and double blue en route to their second straight victory and fourth in the last five games.
The Jets are now 27-25-5 and with 59 points have moved into a tie with Nashville and Dallas -- four points back of Vancouver for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
via Marc Antoine Godin tweet, translated from French to English...
Therrien: "there there would have been 5 penalties late in the game for what the Jets did to Gallagher. We will ask for explanations."
Tortorella does make his official return from suspension on Monday when Vancouver plays in Detroit.
Perry was given 2 for unsportsmanlike conduct.
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