WINNIPEG -- Despite a season that saw him reach a career high in points (78) and finish with points in 11 straight games, Blake Wheeler only feels disappointment.
After making the Stanley Cup playoffs last season, the Winnipeg Jets are on the outside looking in after 82 games.
“There will be a time for sure when I’m able to reflect on it, and I’ll be proud of the work I’ve put in,” said Wheeler. “Certainly coming into the year, being pretty excited about where we left off last year, looking to build on that, it’s disappointing.”
The Jets finished the season with a 35-39-8 record, putting them seventh in the Central Division. Just like 2014-2015, five Central Division teams will play for the Stanley Cup, tied with the Metropolitan Division for the most in the league.
But it wasn’t the team’s 11-16-2 record within the Division that Wheeler believes why MTS Centre won’t see playoff hockey this spring.Read on...
A quick look at the stats from the 4-3 shootout win over Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES, California -- Only 184 days after it began, the Winnipeg Jets regular season comes to an end tonight in Los Angeles against the Kings.
“It’s no secret that this year has been a disappointing season for us,” said forward Adam Lowry. “The way we’ve played just shows the kind of guys we have in this room … Playing these teams that are gearing up for playoffs, it’s a good measuring stick. “
The Jets have measured up well in those games. The last four games have been against playoff bound Western Conference teams, and Winnipeg has a record of 3-0-1, including the season’s first three-game win streak.
Pushing that to four games would improve on the 11-8-1 record the Jets have against Pacific Division teams, but it would also throw a wrench in the Kings’ attempt to win the franchise’s second division title.Read on...
A quick look at the stats from the 5-4 win over San Jose.
SAN JOSE, California -- The Winnipeg Jets look to clinch a season series win over the San Jose Sharks tonight at SAP Center.
The two teams have split their two meetings so far this season, with teach team winning on the road. The Sharks have the best road record in the NHL at 28-10-3, but have struggled at home, where they are 17-19-3 at SAP Center.
“Kill the will early is the biggest thing,” Mark Scheifele said when speaking about how to gain an edge on the Sharks in their building. “For us we’re going to go out and play our same game plan. We’re not going to stray from it. We’re not going to change anything different because we’re playing San Jose as opposed to any other team.”
A quick look at the stats from the 2-1 OT win over Anaheim.
ANAHEIM, California -- Brandon Tanev will become the seventh player to make his NHL debut wearing a Winnipeg Jets jersey this season when the Jets open a three-game road trip at Honda Center against the Anaheim Ducks.
The 24-year-old Tanev signed a one-year, two-way contract with the team on Mar. 30, after his NCAA season in Providence came to an end. The forward skated on a line with Adam Lowry and Chris Thorburn at today’s pre-game skate.
“It’s an exciting time. The opportunity to play in my first National Hockey League game is something I’ve dreamed about for a long time,” he said. “I’ll try to keep it as any other game. Obviously there are going to be some nerves, some jitters, first NHL game, but just kind of soak in the moment, be excited to be out there, and enjoy the opportunity.”Read on...
A quick look at the stats from the 5-1 win over Minnesota.
WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets conclude the home portion of the 2015-2016 regular season tonight against a Minnesota Wild team desperately trying to clinch a playoff spot.
“We like the energy that these games bring. Our last five are playoff teams or a team like Minnesota fighting to hang on. This is a big night for them,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice. “We’re going to see a team that’s been playing very well over the block of the last month and a half that’s not going to cheat the game. They’re not going to open their game up, unless we allow it to happen. They’re not going to make any high risk plays because there’s so much on the line.”
The Wild (38-30-11) would need to win and have the Colorado Avalanche lose in regulation to St. Louis tonight to book their ticket to the post season. However, the Jets (31-39-8) have won three of the four meetings between the two clubs this season.
Blake Wheeler has two goals and six points in those games against the Wild, and is riding a seven-game point streak coming into tonight.Read on...
WINNIPEG -- With one career NHL game under his belt coming into the 2015-2016 season, Julian Melchiori has seen his confidence grow in the seven games he’s been in since Mar. 14.
“I think every game, every period, I’m getting more confident out there. Most of it is just battling the nerves. A lot of players are obviously capable of playing in this league, I think that’s just conquering those nerves and getting that confidence,” said the 24-year-old after Saturday’s practice. “Every game I’m learning stuff you can get away with, stuff you can’t, and I think that’s helping my overall game.”
Melchiori has been paired with Paul Postma for the majority of his time with the Winnipeg Jets this season. The two spent time on the blue line together in the AHL, which has made for an easy transition to patrolling the Jets defensive zone together night after night.
“He’s a little bit more offensive minded than me, obviously. He likes to really jump in the play,” Melchiori said of Postma. “I think him knowing I’m more of a defensively minded guy, he’s more confident in doing so.”