Record: 28-26-6, 62 pts; sixth in the Central Division; 11th in the Western Conference; two points out of a wildcard spot.
Last 10: 6-3-1
Remaining games: 22 (Home: 12; Road: 10)
Worth noting: There are two critical stretches for the Jets when they return to work:
1. From Feb. 27 to March 22 they play 12 games, nine of which are at home.
2. If they remain in the playoff hunt, they will essentially have to chase their spot while on the road, as seven of their last 10 games are away from the MTS Centre, including stops in San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim.
Sportsclubstats.com analyzes daily the percentages of each team to qualify for the playoffs. Currently, the Jets are at 12.9%.
They would need to go 13-6-3 -- or get to 91 points -- in their final 22 games to have a 47.4% chance of making the post-season; getting to 95 points would increase their odds to 94.4%.
Five numbers to think about
- 9-3-1: The Jets record under Maurice
There have been four coaching changes in the NHL since the start of the 2013-14 season and, to date, just two coaches -- Philly's Craig Berube and the Jets' Maurice -- have guided their clubs to winning records:
TEAM OLD COACH W-L-T NEW COACH W-L-T
Philadelphia Peter Laviolette 0-3-0 Craig Berube 30-20-6
Florida Kevin Dineen 3-9-4 Peter Horachek 19-20-3
Buffalo Ron Rolston 4-15-1 Ted Nolan 11-19-7
Winnipeg Claude Noel 19-23-5 Paul Maurice 9-3-1
- 6 & 24: Winnipeg's penalty-kill and power-play rankings
There should really be no complaints about the penalty-kill unit, ranked sixth overall in the NHL. Plus, the idea of using skill guys up front -- Wheeler and Evander Kane, Brian Little and Andrew Ladd -- does provide a potentially dangerous counterattack.
But the inconsistency of the power play remains an Achilles heel. The Jets ended a six-game PP goal-less drought in Saturday's shootout loss in St. Louis and Winnipeg's man-advantage goals have come in bunches -- five in five straight games to open the season, followed by an ugly one-for-48 stretch in the next 15 games, a five-for-13 stretch, then another seven-game drought, and so on and so on.
Interestingly, the Jets' record in games in which they score a power-play goal is just 8-11-3, proving it's not necessarily a straight line to success, but when they are skating and using speed they are drawing more penalties.
- 45.7%: The Jets' team faceoff percentage, worst in the NHL
No need to dive into the analytics here -- hockey is a harder game to play when a team is chasing the puck. Winnipeg's faceoff percentage could get a boost when Jim Slater returns after the break, but consider this: in their 60 games this year the Jets have won the battle in the circle just 15 times, while tying two others. That leaves a whopping 38 games in which the Jets lost on the dot.
- 34: The number of one-goal games the Jets have been in this season
Winnipeg is 16-12-6 in games decided by the slimmest of margins, second-most in the NHL to the New Jersey Devils (37).
Worth noting: The Jets have been without Kane on four different occasions this season because of an assortment of hurts, yet he still leads the team with four game-winning goals. If he is healthy when the break is over, he could play the difference-maker in a push to the playoffs.
- 227: Man games lost to injury to the Jets
They should be getting some healthy bodies back after the break, notably Kane, Slater and Matt Halischuk, and that will especially impact their bottom six -- Kane was working well with Scheifele and Wheeler; Slater in the circle and Halischuk as a versatile and defensively responsible winger.
Two trending up
- Pavelec (.913 save percentage) and Montoya (.946) have been the benefactors of Maurice's adjustments to the defensive scheme. Combined, they have a save percentage of .921, and that has been a big part of their push to the playoffs.
- Jets' fans are starting to see the long-awaited next step being taken by Zach Bogosian. With Dustin Byfuglien moving to forward, Bogosian has been paired with Toby Enstrom, and his ice-time has been bumped up noticeably. So has his play.
Two trending down
- We documented this in Sunday's paper after the loss to St. Louis, but it's worth repeating -- the Jets are now 5-5 in the shootout, having lost their last four. Here's why: in the last three shootout losses, the Jets were just one-for-8 in attempts, the lone goal by Little against the Minnesota Wild on Nov. 23.
- Jokinen: After scoring five goals in a 10-game stretch from Dec. 27 to Jan. 16, the veteran Finn has now gone 11 games without a goal. Just as telling for a man centering the third line between Byfuglien and Devin Setoguchi is this: over that same time frame he has just one assist.