Friday, December 9, 2011

The Winnipeg Jets Taking Off

Don't look now, but the Winnipeg Jets have won 4 in a row, including an impressive 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. The team is not 7-2-1 in their last 10 and currently sit 1 point out of a playoff spot on Dec 9th. They suddenly find themselves in the middle of a playoff hunt despite getting off to a very poor start. The Jets are 9-4-0 at home and 4-7-4 on the road, showing that Winnipeg has not been a kind venue to opposing teams. A big reason for their recent success is fantastic play from Ondrej Pavelic, the same goalie who fainted for Atlanta on opening night last season. Pavelic has a history of running hot and cold. He can be both magnificent and terrible for extended durations in the same season.

The next best player for the Jets has been the young Evander Kane who has 14 goals on the season. Kyle Wellwood has fallen from 1st to 4th on the team in goals over the past six weeks. I recall observing at one point that any team with Kyle Wellwood leading in goals was in serious trouble. Thankfully for the franchise, Little and Ladd have stepped it up. Dustin Byfuglien has had another strong season despite allegedly being 50 pounds overweight right before training camp.

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