What is more depressing? The Jets are in a must win situation already or that it occurs in DECEMBER?
comes into this game a little banged up but rested. The Rangers have been
playing .500 hockey for a while and both clubs have the same amount of points.
The only difference? The Rangers hold down 8th spot in the east, the Jest are
12th in the west and need to start winning... Winnipeg NOW.
Ondrej Pavelec is the likely starter for the Jets, although that hasn't been confirmed. He will be facing Cam Talbot who has a blistering 1.49 GAA and a .944 SV%. Those are red hot and unsustainable numbers. That being said he has started 8 games this season and has NEVER surrendered more than 2 goals. Quick, hands up anyone that knew who Talbot was that isn't related to him? Jets need to jam the crease and create some ugly in order to be successful tonight. Game time is 6.00 CST and can be seen and heard on
Memories are a funny thing. They can be recalled by sight, smell, or hearing an odd or familiar sound. I have to admit, my memory stinks for the most part but there are little vague snippets that come into play every once in a while. There are two games in particular that I remember are from the mid 1980's. The first one was a Saturday night game again
and Dale Hawerchuk owned the puck. Seriously, it was an amazing hockey game for
an Toronto boy coming home and
lighting up the home town team. The second happened in Ontario on New
25, 1985. I remember it for several reasons. One it was a rare road
game that was actually televised. Back then, you only saw out of market games
in major centers. Two, I had a hockey game that night and before our game
started our team was in the lobby of the rink watching the Jets light up the
Rangers. Lastly and I can't confirm this, but I'm pretty sure Brian Mullen had
a hatty that night. If not, I know it was one of his better games of the
year... (edit, according to further data, he didn't record a point! Damn memory...)Whenever I think of the Rangers, I think of that night. Fond memories
from a chilly winter night in . Winnipeg
80's hockey is long gone, 12-5 games do not exist anymore. It seems to me that almost every game that is played now is close, and I'm sure the
NHL loves that. It would be very
beneficial to the team though to have a laugher, get the two points, and head
off to in a good frame of
mind. Lose tonight though and the weekend games will not hold as much
significance. Tonight holds the key for this trip, it can either be the turning
point of the season or the continuation of mediocrity. Florida
Evander Kane looks doubtful for tonight. According to the Winnipeg Free Press' Tim Campbell, Kane did not take the morning skate and the Jets have recalled John Albert from the minors. Kane has slipped to 7th in team scoring which blows my mind, but his impact on the team when healthy cannot be understated. A team already thin on depth cannot afford the loss of such an impact player. Hopefully he can return for the weekend.