Winnipeg Jets: 2016-17 Segment 3 Update

The Winnipeg Jets 3rd ten game segment –

How many points will it take for the Winnipeg Jets to secure a playoff berth?  

  • In 2013-14 the Dallas Starts needed 91 points to secure the last wildcard position.
  • In 2014-15 the Calgary Flames needed 97 points to secure the last wildcard position.
  • In 2015-16 the Minnesota Wild need 87 points to secure the last wildcard position.
  • I think that 88-92 points should do it this year and once again it will more than likely not be decided until the final weekend of the regular season.  

The 2016-17 season’s earlier segment updates can be read here:

Winnipeg Jets: Segment 1 

Winnipeg Jets: Segment 2

Winnipeg Jets Segment 3

The Winnipeg Jets started the third segment with three losses that finished off their horrendous (0-5-0) five-game road trip.  After that, they finished the segment 4-2-1 and IMHO they may have left a couple of potential points on the table from the Detroit and New York games.  

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The good news:

  • The Winnipeg Jets season looked like it was heading off the rails BUT they averted a potential disaster by sweeping two tough Central Division opponents (St. Louis and Chicago) on back-to-back nights on the road. 
  • The continued great play of Patrik Laine has been fun to watch.
  • The Jets started getting a little healthier with the return of Bryan Little and Mathieu Perreault.
  • The goaltending is starting to stabilize and become a little more consistent.

The bad news:

  • The Winnipeg Jets lost Mark Scheifele for three games but managed 5-of-6 points with him out of the line-up, so no harm no foul.
  • The Winnipeg Jets special teams are terrible and some of Paul Maurice’s player decisions have been questionable, to say the least.
  • Mathieu Perreault has done squat, zero, bupkis, this season.
  • In the Jets next 10-game segment they play 4 at home and 6 on the road.

Playoffs? Playoffs?

  • Even though the Jets are having a hard time getting above the NHL’s bogus .500 mark, they are still in the playoff race BUT they have played more games than every team in the league.  
  • Winnipeg Jets fans are getting frustrated at the “win one, lose one” rollercoaster.  It would be nice to see a winning streak of 3-5 games.  This team is right there and like I’ve mentioned previously, there is nothing special in the Western Conference this year.

        As of December 9, 2016

 

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Mitch Kasprick (861 Posts)

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