Twelve Days of Christmas and the Winnipeg Jets

Paul Gilham

In this week's Love Hate we go Christmas Carolling.

Christmas time is here.

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In the lane, snow is glistening. Yes, it truly is a Winter Wonderland out there; albeit a very frigid one.

No holiday speaks to me more than Chirstmas -- American Thanksgiving coming in a close second. I realize that I'm not going out on a limb with any bold statements here because, lets be honest, who doesn't love Christmas? Well, there was Ebenezer Scrooge...

There's so much to love about the holiday season. A bounty of well cooked meals, an abundance of family members you see but once or twice a year, awful holiday-themed clothing and, of course, Christmas Carols.

I love Christmas Carols.

I love the crazy, zany ones. I love the soft, melodic ones. I love them all. I mean, what Christmas is complete without Dominic the Donkey? Or Bing Crosby's I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas? I'll tell you. None of them.

So in honour of the holiday season and my deep affection for the jingles it brings, I decided it would be good if we all shared in the spirit. Here for the the first time ever is The Twelve Days of Christmas with a Winnipeg Jets' twist.

Enjoy!

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas

The Winnipeg Jets' gave to me

Cheveldayoff managing patiently. #whatdidchevydotoday.

On the second day of Christmas

The Winnipeg Jets' gave to me

Two expensive beers and

Cheveldayoff managing patiently. #whatdidchevydotoday

On the third day of Christmas

The Winnipeg Jets' gave to me

Three game losing streaks

Two expensive beers and

Cheveldayoff managing patiently. #whatdidchevydotoday

On the fourth day of Christmas

The Winnipeg Jets' gave to me

Four Stuart shot blocks

Three game losing streaks

Two expensive beers and

Cheveldayoff managing patiently. #whatdidchevydotoday

On the fifth day of Christmas

The Winnipeg Jets' gave to me

Five Noel vests

Four Stuart shot blocks

Three game losing streaks

Two expensive beers and

Cheveldayoff managing patiently. #whatdidchevydotoday

On the sixth day of Christmas

The Winnipeg Jets' gave to me

Six fourth line players

Five Noel vests

Four Stuart shot blocks

Three game losing streaks

Two expensive beers and

Cheveldayoff managing patiently. #whatdidchevydotoday

On the seventh day of Christmas

The Winnipeg Jets' gave to me

Seven Kane's a sniping

Six fourth line players

Five Noel vests

Four Stuart shot blocks

Three game losing streaks

Two expensive beers and

Cheveldayoff managing patiently. #whatdidchevydotoday

On the eighth day of Christmas

The Winnipeg Jets' gave to me

Eight Scheifele's falling

Seven Kane's a sniping

Six fourth line players

Five Noel vests

Four Stuart shot blocks

Three game losing streaks

Two expensive beers and

Cheveldayoff managing patiently. #whatdidchevydotoday

On the ninth day of Christmas

The Winnipeg Jets' gave to me

Nine Little's creating

Eight Scheifele's falling

Seven Kane's a sniping

Six fourth line players

Five Noel vests

Four Stuart shot blocks

Three game losing streaks

Two expensive beers and

Cheveldayoff managing patiently. #whatdidchevydotoday

On the tenth day of Christmas

The Winnipeg Jets' gave to me

Ten lacklustre Corsi's

Nine Little's creating

Eight Scheifele's falling

Seven Kane's a sniping

Six fourth line players

Five Noel vests

Four Stuart shot blocks

Three game losing streaks

Two expensive beers and

Cheveldayoff managing patiently. #whatdidchevydotoday

On the eleventh day of Christmas

The Winnipeg Jets' gave to me

Eleven Ladd's plodding

Ten lacklustre Corsi's

Nine Little's creating

Eight Scheifele's falling

Seven Kane's a sniping

Six fourth line players

Five Noel vests

Four Stuart shot blocks

Three game losing streaks

Two expensive beers and

Cheveldayoff managing patiently. #whatdidchevydotoday

On the twelfth day of Christmas

The Winnipeg Jets' gave to me

Twelve parody Twitters

Eleven Ladd's plodding

Ten lacklustre Corsi's

Nine Little's creating

Eight Scheifele's falling

Seven Kane's a sniping

Six fourth line players

Five Noel vests

Four Stuart shot blocks

Three game losing streaks

Two expensive beers and

Cheveldayoff managing patiently. #whatdidchevydotoday

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From myself and all my co-authors at Arctic Ice Hockey, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We're hopeful Santa brings many Jets' wins in 2014 and beyond.

Now Ladd, now Wheeler, now Scheifele and Stuart! On Byfuglien, on Little on Thorburn and Trouba! It's time for this week's Love Hate.

Three things I love this week:

Drilling for oil: It's probably getting a little tired that I continue to put actual match-ups in weekly editions of the Love Hate but with only two games taking place around the holidays, there has to be something to love. And there's no Christmas present quite like playing the Edmonton Oilers. Though there is a collective of Jets' fans who bemoan the team's current success, it could be worse -- much worse. You could be Oilers' fans. Edmonton is off to a putrid 11-24-3 start, battling the Buffalo Sabres for the NHL's worst record. They have a goal differential of -38 and their 5-on-5 Corsi For percentage is a cellar-dwelling 45.7%. All of those stats are bad. The Jets should win this game, even after playing last night.

The emergence of a second line: Though much of this season has been disappointing, the newly acquainted duo of Evander Kane and Mark Scheifele are giving fans much to be optimistic about. The two have combined for eleven points in the team's last five games and seemingly have become a true secondary threat to the line of Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler. Which is a good thing because that first line has cooled off considerably lately.

O`Dell rises: We've been saying Eric O`Dell deserves a shot at the NHL level for a long time now. Sites like our pals at JetsNation.ca have echoed those sentiments. His promotion finally came to fruition last week and has actually been of help to Winnipeg's fourth line. Granted, the sample sizes are small, but O`Dell's individual 5-on-5 Corsi For percentage is a balmy 64.1% and his Corsi Relative is 14.1%. Not too shabby considering the fourth line has been a black hole for most of the year. And Claude Noel finally realized his transgression of burying O`Dell on the depth chart, promoting him to play with Olli Jokinen and Devin Setoguchi.

Three things I hate this week:

Blown Saves: Yes, I'm bringing baseball terms into the mix, but what better way to describe a team with a propensity of blowing third period leads? When leading after two periods, Winnipeg's winning percentage is a meagre .727%, currently twenty-third best in the league. That number has to come up should this team have aspirations of finishing the season strong.

More Central games: Obviously Winnipeg will have to overcome their fear of the Central Division at some point. But a current record of 3-11-3 should leave us all feeling a little bit queasy heading into Friday's game against the Minnesota Wild.

Thorburn, Peluso: In an alternate universe somewhere, Jets' line-ups that don't require both Chris Thorburn and Anthony Peluso exist. And I want to live there. There is absolutely no reason for both to dress, especially with Eric Tangradi readily available as evidenced by Garret's math tweets. I hate this, nay, loathe this. Face punching doesn't equate to goals, as evidenced last night. The sooner the services of these two pugilists are shed, the better.

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