Today’s Feature Article
The Winnipeg Jets will start the 2021-22 season with a California road trip and will face the Anaheim Ducks all three times before the end of October. Read about the positives and negatives of this early-season schedule in this article from Keith Forsyth:
The oddity of the season’s first month for the Jets is that all three California teams are expected to be at the bottom of what most pundits predict as the weakest division in the NHL. In a year where the Stanley Cup is very much in the conversation in Manitoba’s capital, the ability to get off to a good start is staring the Jets right in the face. Of the 16 possible points up for grabs before November, the Jets should be in possession of at least 11. In that time, they also play the Predators, a team slated for the lower-midrange of the Central Division, and the Wild, the Jets’ definite 2021-22 rival. Minnesota promises to be a team the Jets will be battling for playoff positioning by season’s end. That first divisional matchup looks to be the one true test for the team this month and a prelude to the season in which it’s predicted the Jets and Wild could be scrapping for second place in the Central behind the Colorado Avalanche.
To learn more about the impact of this bizarre schedule on the Jets, click here…
In the News
- The Tampa Bay Lightning expect star Nikita Kucherov to return this season but continue to list him as out indefinitely with an injury he suffered Saturday.
- New York Islanders legend Mike Bossy has been diagnosed with lung cancer. The four-time Stanley Cup winner announced his diagnosis through TVA Sports and will be stepping away from his TV analyst role while he undergoes treatment.
- Anze Kopitar, Alex Ovechkin, and Steven Stamkos named NHL’s 3 stars for week one. Kopitar gets the initial first star of the week accolade after tallying seven points in two games to start the season.
- Former NHL star Ilya Kovalchuk has been named the general manager for the Russian Olympic Comittee ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. The 2018 Olympic gold medalist will lead a committee that includes former NHLers Evgeni Nabokov and Sergei Gonchar.
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