The Winnipeg Jets have had the weekend off and will play again tomorrow night at MTS Centre against the struggling Tampa Bay Lightning. You’ll need a program if you’re headed to the game. The injury-riddled Lightning are closer to an AHL team that the NHL club that started the season. The Pembina Valley Twisters took a 2-1 lead in the MMJHL championship series last night. The Steinbach Pistons and Dauphin Kings play Game 5 of the MJHL Turnbull Trophy championship series in Dauphin tonight.
Let’s start with the Jets situation and then look at the three games in the NHL yesterday and last night…
With six games remaining to play – four of them at home – in the 2013 season, the Winnipeg Jets stand ninth in the East. They’ve won three straight games and improved to 21-19-2 (44 points). They are two points back of the eighth-place Rangers who are 21-16-4 for 44 points and the Rangers have one game in hand. The seventh-place Islanders are 21-16-4 for 47 points and have played the same number of games as the Jets. The sixth-place Ottawa Senators are 21-14-6 for 48 points and have one game in hand.
In the Southeast Division, the Washington Capitals are now 23-17-2 for 48 points, four points ahead and they, too, have one game in hand.
The Jets now have one more day off and will play again tomorrow night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, 7 p.m. at MTS Centre.
There were three games in the NHL yesterday and last night…
Buffalo 3 Tampa Bay 1
Jhonas Enroth made 33 saves to get the Sabres their second straight win. The Sabres are now 10th in the East.
Chicago 2 St. Louis 0
Corey Crawford made 30 saves to get the shutout. Winnipeg’s Jonathan Toews picked up his 22nd assist of the year for the Hawks.
Detroit 3 Nashville 0
Henrik Zetterberg had the winning goal and an assist while Jimmy Howard made 22 saves to get the shutout.
There are eight games in the NHL tonight, three will have an affect on the Jets in the standings: Ottawa is at Boston; New Jersey is at Toronto; and Philadelphia is at Montreal. The other games are in the West: Dallas is at Chicago; Vancouver plays at Nashville; Columbus is at Colorado; Minnesota is at Calgary and San Jose plays at Phoenix.
Game 5 in the best-of-seven Manitoba Junior Hockey League Turnbull Cup championship series goes tonight at Credit Union Place in Dauphin at 7:30. The series between the Dauphin Kings and Steinbach Pistons is tied at two wins apiece. Game 6 will be played back in Steinbach on Wednesday night.
MANITOBA MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
In a bit of a shocking development, the Pembina Valley Twisters have taken a 2-1 lead in the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League’s championship series. Sunday night at Eric Coy Arena in Winnipeg, Tyler Groening’s second goal of the game was the winner in overtime as the Twisters beat the heavily-favored Charleswood Hawks 4-2 in Game 3. Game 4 goes tomorrow night in Morris at 8 p.m.
The Peguis Juniors, a team that has won 35 consecutive games, will represent the Keystone Junior B Hockey League at the 30th annual Keystone Cup Western Junior B Hockey Championships, hosted by the St. Malo Junior B Warriors. The tournament goes April 17th to 21st at the Saint Malo Arena and will feature teams from BC , Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Check out keystonecup.ca. for ticket information.
The 2013 Allan Cup championship will run from April 15-20 in Bentley, Alta. The Kenora Thistles will represent this region. Last year’s champion was Manitoba’s Southeast Prairie Thunder. The Allan Cup is emblematic of the championship of Senior A hockey in Canada. Games be viewed live on the web at Fast Hockey.