Jets 4, Flyers 1

- April 6th, 2013

A few thoughts as Winnipeg keeps its playoff hopes alive with a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon:

• Simply put, Winnipeg’s best players were their best players. The top trio of Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler awoke from their slumber and notched five points. The other forward who gets mentioned in the same breath as those three, Evander Kane, also had a goal and an assist. Now those four just have to do that over Winnipeg’s final eight games if they’re going to have a hope.

• The thinking is the Jets have to go 6-2 the rest of the way if they’re going to make the playoffs. Fifty-two points are what the Jets felt they’ve always needed to get to the post-season. They have 40 in 40 games.

• According to my amateur math skills, if the teams behind the Jets win all of their games in hand, the Jets would fall to 12th in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia, New Jersey and Carolina can all overtake Winnipeg with their games in hand.

• So much for the Jets improving their defence this year. Last year they allowed exactly three goals per game, and the focus going into this season was on defence. Well, this year the Jets are averaging exactly three goals against per game.

• What makes the goals against stat worse is the fact the Jets are scoring only 2.45 goals per game this year after notching 2.74 per contest last season.

• Interesting to see Dustin Byfuglien get only 17:48 of ice time against the Flyers, and it’s not like the Jets were killing off penalties all day, either. That’s one of his lowest totals in a long time. The whole Byfuglien situation is not good news for the Jets going down the stretch.

• The Jets set a perfect tone for their six-game home stand. They are back to 9-9-0 at home this season and feeling good again about playing at MTS Centre. “We need to get that good feeling going at home, and get comfortable in this arena,” Evander Kane said. “The fans were probably the loudest they’ve been all year.”

• The Washington Capitals, whom the Jets need to overcome, have two games in hand on Winnipeg and seven of their last 10 games are at home. One of Washington’s games in hand goes Sunday night at home against Tampa.

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