Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Winnipeg Jets-related news and notes.
Hey all! Here is our feature running Monday through Friday that will bring you up to date on what's going on in the media pertaining to the Winnipeg Jets and elsewhere in the NHL.
Here is what's in the news for Monday, January 21, 2013:
Jets vs. Bruins notes:
For comprehensive news and notes on the Bruins', check out our pals at Stanley Cup of Chowder. [SCOC]
Comcast Sportsnet reporter Joe Haggerty believes the Bruins will win the Stanley Cup. [CSNNE]
Ed Tait agrees with our notion that Ondrej Pavelec won't be able to pin blame on his teammates for his shoddy performances, which is why we consider him a friend of the blog: "It's true, Pavelec was not one of the three stars or one of the few Jets who jumped off the page. And there's no argument that if the Jets are going to morph into a playoff squad the Czech netminder -- the man the organization invested so much in over the summer with a new deal -- is going to have to stand on his head on many nights." [WFP]
Most Jets' fans are just happy to have the NHL back and are ready to let bygones be bygones as they relate to the NHL lockout. [Winnipeg Sun]
Ken Wiebe feels that Mark Scheifele has passed his first test as a member of the 2013 Winnipeg Jets. I'd argue he still has a long way to go towards claiming a roster spot past his 5-game trial period. [Winnipeg Sun]
Furthering the Scheifele argument, our pals at Jets Nation pulled out the Corsi/Fenwick stats and woooooooooah boy was that fourth line bad. [Jets Nation]
Around the NHL:
Feel good story of the day: After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis over the summer, Josh Harding made his flawless debut for the Minnesota Wild last night, registering a shutout in the Wild's 1-0 win over the Dallas Stars. [Puck Daddy]
Good news for the NHL as their NBC ratings for opening day were the best since 2002. So in essence, the lockout was worth it and we're all lemmings. [SB Nation]
It seems that the NHL's launch was just as well received in Canada as it was south of the border. [CBC]
Travis Hughes handicaps the 2013 regular season. [SB Nation]