After a Feb. 7 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Senators were 20-22-9 and well out of the Eastern Conference playoff race – and a little more than a week later, when both of their goaltenders were on the sidelines with injuries, Ottawa’s outlook for the remainder of the season looked bleak to say the least. But something unexpected happened after that: goaltender Andrew Hammond stepped up in the absence of veterans Robin Lehner and Craig Anderson, and the 27-year-old has led them to a 28-23-11 mark and almost singlehandedly pushed them back into contention for a post-season berth.
Christened with the tremendous nickname of “The Hamburglar”, Hammond has started Ottawa’s past seven games and his 35-save performance in a 3-1 Sens win over Winnipeg Wednesday bumped his numbers (including a 6-0-1 record, 1.35 goals-against average and .957 save percentage) to outstanding levels. One of those saves against the Jets was this spectacular pad stop on left winger Andrew Ladd: Read more
The Winnipeg Jets, and one young fan, have made the past week one to remember for Alyx Delaloye, a seven-year-old girl who is going through her sixth round of chemotherapy in her battle with leukemia.
Last week, during Winnipeg’s contest against the Dallas Stars, Delaloye was a guest at the MTS Centre thanks to the Jets’ organization. During the third period, Delaloye became an internet sensation thanks to her appearance on the Jumbotron, when she held up a sign reading, “Chemo by day, Jets by night.” She received a massive ovation from the Winnipeg faithful, including stick taps from the players on the ice.
Appearing on the big screen was all Delaloye really wanted – her mother, Jody, told CBC Manitoba that Alyx had wished she could be on it – but appearing on the screen set off a series of events that made her week even more special. Read more
When you think about Winnipeg’s music scene, names like The Guess Who, Neil Young or even The Weakerthans might come to mind. But Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec had a different idea for his new mask.
Instead of going with homegrown music icons, Pavelec’s new mask will pay homage to a group of rock legends, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The mask, painted by David Gunnarson of DaveArt, features photos of Springsteen from just about every generation of his illustrious career. Read more
With the NHL trade deadline less than 24 hours away, the Winnipeg Jets continued tinkering with their lineup, adding veteran right winger Lee Stempniak from the very busy New York Rangers Sunday in exchange for right winger Carl Klingberg.
Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff pulled off a trade for former Hurricanes winger Jiri Tlusty on Wednesday, and the deal for Stempniak mirrors that pattern insofar as there’s not a huge upside or downside to it. Read more
As of Wednesday night, there is no division in the league that boasts more teams on the brink of the playoffs Central Division and that could have a major impact on the trade deadline action throughout the division. The Minnesota Wild made a major move in landing Devan Dubnyk in December and made another splash when they landed Sean Bergenheim from the Florida Panthers, so it will be interesting to see if the Winnipeg Jets – currently holding on for dear life to one of the West’s wild-card spots – answers back.
St. Louis, Chicago and Nashville are all probably done aside from minor deals and Colorado and Dallas are right in the middle – they could be buyers and they could be sellers. Don’t be shocked if the Central is the quietest of the four divisions at the deadline. Read more
At this rate, there won’t be any trades left for deadline day.
The Winnipeg Jets announced Wednesday afternoon they have acquired Jiri Tlusty from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a third-round pick 2016 in and a conditional fifth-round selection – which could become a sixth-round pick – in 2015.
Minutes before the Jets announced their acquisition of Tlusty, the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Daniel Winnik from the Toronto Maple Leafs. For Winnik, the Maple Leafs received a second-round selection in 2016, fourth-round pick in 2015 and winger Zach Sill. Read more
One of the players the Jets could least afford to lose, Mathieu Perreault, is “likely” sidelined for the remainder of the regular season.
Perreault, 27, has been a standout for Winnipeg this season and was on pace for the best offensive season of his career. In 56 games, Perreault had registered 18 goals –tying his career best mark set in 2013-14 – and 36 points. The injury, sustained Monday against the Edmonton Oilers, came after Jeff Petry checked Perreault. Read more
Jets right winger Blake Wheeler is one of Winnipeg’s top point-producers this season. And against the Oilers Monday night, he produced not only a shootout goal, but an injury to Edmonton goalie Viktor Fasth.
The teams remained tied after overtime in Winnipeg when Wheeler skated in on Fasth for the home side’s first shootout shot. The 28-year-old stickhandles a number of times, and Fasth lunged out to his right in a failed attempt to stop the puck, injuring himself in the process: Read more