Random Thoughts On The Winnipeg Jets: Mar. 16

Mitch Kasprick is the “Motown Curmudgeon” aka “Motown Mitch”

Odds and Ends, Thoughts and Questions, from this past week in sports –

Just so there’s no confusion when I’m spewing my bias, I am a fan of the Winnipeg Jets, Arizona Coyotes, Manitoba Moose, Winnipeg Ice, and all Team Canada Hockey teams.

I am NOT a fan of Gary Bettman or as I call him, Count Chocula. I am a big believer in the 7Ps. You’ve been warn

1. NHL: The “Coronavirus” has impacted all facets of life including our entertainment.  Hockey is a big part of our lives but it is not bigger than our health.  Hopefully, this pandemic doesn’t last too long and we can get back to our normal lifestyle.    

Winnipeg Hockey Talk will be taking a sabbatical until the NHL is back.  Until then stay safe and listen to our health authorities.

2. Jets: The Winnipeg Jets were on a four-game winning streak before the NHL  shutdown and were scrapping for a wildcard spot.  Nobody knows what the future holds in terms of resuming the season or having playoffs but as of right now the Winnipeg Jets have an overall of 37-28-6.

3. NHL: I’m guessing the loss of revenue is going to affect the HRR and will impact the salary cap and it won’t be going up as much as projected?  

4. Jets: As of this morning (Mon) the Winnipeg Jets odds of making the playoffs sit at 43.6%, up from 30.2% last week while their chances of winning the draft lottery are at 1.6%, down from 2.5% last week.

5. NHL: It looks like if/when the NHL gets back up and running they will have to figure out a playoff format, who is in and who is out, and the way they work the draft lottery.  There is no way they are going to please everybody.  This could get interesting. 

6. Goaltending:

  • Conner Hellebuyck: 31-21-5 … 2.59 GAA … .922 SV% … 6 shutouts.
  • Laurent Brossoit: 6-7-1 … 3.28 GAA … .895 SV%

7. Special Teams: Rule of thumb. Have the two red numbers (PK and PP) total at least 100% when added. (as your minimum) I also base the movement (up or down) on the % and not the NHL ranking.

  • PP: 15th at 20.50% down from 15th at 20.7%   
  • PK: 22nd at 77.60% up from 23rd at 77.20%
  • FO: 15th at 50.10%  same as last week

8. WHT: When the NHL resumes play I will start posting my random thoughts again on Monday mornings.  Until then everybody stay safe and be careful.  

In memory of my friend Darryl Manchulenko.

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