Winnipeg Jets: 2016-17 Segment 2 Update

The Winnipeg Jets 2nd 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 original article can be read here >>> Winnipeg Jets: Segment 1

Winnipeg Jets Segment 2

After an underwhelming 4-6-0 first segment the Winnipeg Jets rebounded with a solid 5-3-2 second segment.  In spite of mounting injuries and a brutal schedule the team has managed to play some exciting hockey.  The highlight of this 10-game segment was the 4-0 shutout over the Chicago Blackhawks.

The good news:

  • The Winnipeg Jets are getting very good offensive production from Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler, Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers.  The long-awaited emergence of Nic Petan as a top six forward has been a nice surprise. Although most thought this could happen, we were all starting to wonder when?
  • Dustin Byfuglien finally scored his first goal of the season.  Toby Enstrom is shooting the puck a lot so far this season and is engaging in the offense.  Josh Morrissey scored his first NHL goal and is showing why he was a first-round pick. Josh is also showing some Jets fans the physical part of his game. 

BUT  

  • The biggest news was Jacob Trouba signing a two-year bridge deal.  After a couple of practices with his teammates, Jake jumped right back into the lineup and didn’t skip a beat.  He looked real comfortable almost immediately.

  

The bad news:

  • The Winnipeg Jets will still be without Bryan Little, Tyler Myers, and Mathieu Perreault for a couple more weeks. 
  • The Winnipeg Jets can’t win a key face-off to save their lives and despite what the analytics community will say, they are important.  The Jets are dead last in face-offs in the NHL.
  • The goaltending is still a little inconsistent.  Connor Hellebuyck is starting to play a lot better BUT neither goalie is quite at the top of their game yet.  For some inexplicable reason, they both have been giving up one stinker per game.   
  • After five years of Ondrej Pavelec, most Winnipeg Jets fans seem to be giving this tandem the benefit of the doubt, for now. 
  • In the Jets next 10-game segment they play 5 at home and 5 on the road.

Is it too early to talk about playoffs? 

A lot of hockey pundits like to use the NHL standings at U.S. Thanksgiving mark as an indication “potential” playoff positions.  U.S. Thanksgiving happens in Segment 3 and the Winnipeg Jets are actually in a playoff position but they have also played the most games so the standings are a little skewed.  The teams in the Western Conference and especially in the Central Division are off to slower than expected starts.  At the 20-game mark, nobody is really out of contention.

There seems to have been a bit of a shift in the strength of the Eastern Conference so maybe Western Conference teams will have fewer gravy points coming their way and maybe points in the mid-80’s could be good enough for a playoff spot.  Stay tuned.

        As of November 19, 2016

2-seg

 

*

 

Mitch Kasprick (861 Posts)

Winnipeg Hockey Talk is your place for opinions and news about the Winnipeg Jets and hockey in Winnipeg and Manitoba including the Brandon Wheat Kings, Manitoba Bisons, Winnipeg Blues and more. Our staff of writers will try and bring you a different look at the NHL through our writing along with our WHT Podcast.


Speak Your Mind

*

CommentLuv badge

Webmaster tool activated by Webmaster Tools Plugin from LionScripts.com.
%d bloggers like this: