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The Winnipeg Jets 8-2 win over the Florida Panthers was amazing on so many levels

It was an incredible night on Tuesday at MTS Centre. Most importantly the Winnipeg Jets won the game by a score of 8-2 in their quest for a playoffs. The Jets now have a record of 22-14-8 for 52 points, putting them 4th in the Central Division.

Mathieu Perreault scored a hat trick – The franchise went 287 games without a hat trick until Bryan Little ended the streak on December 5 vs. Colorado. It took only 16 games after Bryan Little completed the feat for Mathieu Perreault to follow it up for a hat trick of his own. He finished the game with four goals, which we’ll get to later.

Dustin Byfuglien continued to dominate – The Jets were so close to dual hat tricks as Byfuglien had scored two goals in the second period and added in an assist for good measure. Big Buff continued where he left off after the weekend when he steamrolled Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar of the LA Kings along with Francois Beauchemin and Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks. Byfuglien was recently named to the NHL’s All-Star team and has been on fire since moving to defense recording 17 points in his last 18 games.

Paul Maurice recorded his 500th career win – In exactly one year since he took the job as Head Coach of the Winnipeg Jets Paul Maurice earned his 500th career win and has lead the team 40-26-13 since he took the job which would put them in a playoff spot over an 82 game season.

Michael Hutchinson won again – He allowed two goals on 27 shots improving his record to 12-4-2. The Jets rookie has been phenomenal this season as his 2.00 GAA & .931 SV rank 2nd & 3rd in the NHL.

Gail McDonald almost won $1 million – The “Safeway Score and Win” promotion runs during every Winnipeg Jets game, if a Jets player scores five goals, the drawn name will have a shot at winning $1 million. Matthieu Perreault was able to get four before the third period, and had a prime chance to score the fifth goal in the third period but was unable to beat former Jet Al Montoya on a breakaway (video above). She joined the TSN 1290 postgame show with Rick Ralph & Trevor Kidd and seemed to take the loss quite well.

And finally...this guy

Aaron Merke, a comedian has since been identified as the man in the video.

The Jets hit the road for a tough set of back to back games in Dallas and Chicago on Thursday and Friday as they continue to fight for playoff in the Western Conference.

Paul Maurice on the Winnipeg Jets use of analytics

Analytics are currently a hot topic in the hockey community. Back in March Rick Ralph asked Winnipeg Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice on the types of metrics the team uses.

Maurice on analytics:

 “We have fairly detailed analytics on synergies; people playing together, who they play against, and minutes played. (This is) so we have an idea of what our group is facing as a line, or as a defense pairing. (Some things we look at are) what they’re generating in terms of shots from different parts of the ice and what they give up in terms of shots. You can tell who a line is playing against and what that line is getting for and against through the course of a game.

(Of) all the analytics that you look at, the best thing I’ve always found is you just go through the game. You look at it shift by shift, who you’re playing against, chances for, chances against. You keep a log of all your information and build a database that way on what’s happening over the course of a game. Some of it is in game, (but) a lot of it, the stuff that I trust the most is stuff that we’ll do in between games.”

Maurice continued

“Some of the stuff just can’t be used as fact. You can say that someone is giving up more shots, but at the end of the day they aren’t giving up any goals so there is a value to what they’re doing.

(For example) I would know Mark Scheifele. We would rate the quality of his chances, the quality of shots, where the shots are coming from. I would know that he was at the high end of both ranges. When he was on the ice there was far more things happening in the offensive zone and far less happening in the defensive zone. I would know that by the stats. But you wouldn’t need to look at the stats to know that. I think at the end of the day, there hasn’t been too many times where a stat was right on and was the opposite of what we would think.”

While the Jets do use some advanced metrics, Coach Maurice says they are only part of the decision making process.

 “It’s a piece of a decision. I would say that 90-95% of what you see is what the stats are telling you anyway. Yeah I knew that already just from watching the game. Then there’s some aberrations, you’ll see some synergies where these two guys are supposed to be really good together or they look like they’re playing great together, but the other team seems to be shooting the puck at your goaltender alot more than you’re shooting it at theirs when they’re on the ice together.”

Do the players ever look at the stat sheet? Rick asked Blake Wheeler was asked if he used statistics to help his game.

 “Not really, it’s a feel. You know when you’re going good, when the team’s going good or when you’re not.”

But Wheeler says that video is a tool that he uses to help his game

 “It helps to see it; they say the big eye don’t lie. But as players you know when you’re on your game or not on your game. It’s pretty cut and dry, there’s not a lot of grey area there.”

Rick Ralph discusses the analytics used by the Winnipeg Jets

The Rona Roundtable hosted by Rick Ralph airs weekdays from 11am-1pm on TSN 1290 Winnipeg.

Paul Maurice takes a puck to the noggin

This doesn’t happen to often in the National Hockey League. Even the coaches always have to keep their eye on the puck while on the bench. Paul Maurice takes one right in the forehead. Ouch!