January 16 2017 09:00AM
It's more of a 'Bottom to Top' but 'Top to Bottom' sounds better. This is a monthly feature where I'll do a dive into each team's underlying numbers to see if they match up with where they currently sit in the standings.
Three months down, three to go. We're halfway through the 2016-17 NHL season. At this point, we can stop talking about who's over and underachieving, because at this point enough time has passed to accurately determine who's actually good and who's actually bad.
With that in mind, I'm going to split the league into five categories: Legitimate Stanley Cup contenders, surefire playoff teams who aren't quite at the top of the class, basement teams who are fighting for last overall, teams in purgatory who aren't bad enough to tank but won't compete for a playoff spot, and middling teams who could occupy the last few spots depending on external factors.
January 16 2017 06:00AM
Apologies for the slightly clickbait-type title. I will not be making the Winnipeg Jets goaltending woes disappear. However, I will be taking an in-depth look at the Jets and their netminding. I will weigh the options and then make suggestions on what the Jets could do with some pros and cons to each option.
Let's get into it.
January 14 2017 12:00PM
Jonathan Toews is currently on pace for 42 points, which would be his lowest total in any season (he had 48 points in 47 games in the lockout-shortened season). The centre who is always lauded for his two-way play and ability to win just about any hockey championship ever is in the second year of a massive eight-year contract that carries a the highest annual average value in the league at 10.5 million.
Toews shares this honour with Patrick Kane, but Kane just recently won the Art Ross last season. Toews is still capable of facing opponent's top lines day in and day out, it's just he was also scoring around 70 points while doing it before. The Chicago Blackhawks would obviously like to get a little more from their top centre at the price they're paying him, but should they be worried about their investment.
January 14 2017 11:11AM
There is a big part of me that has always wanted to view hockey as a sport for good people.
The motivation for this is, at least in part, self-serving. I devote many hours of my time every year to hockey. I watch well over 82 games a season and there are hockey-based publications I read every day. I find myself emotionally involved in the fate of my team. I get excited by the potential for improvement in every offseason.
January 14 2017 09:00AM
Nic Petan needs more ice time and the Jets need him to have more ice time, if they want to push for the playoffs. The 21 year old can be a difference maker for the Jets, but only if he is given more opportunity.
With Patrik Laine on the injured reserve, now is the time to give Petan a larger role again.