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How the West was Not Won: No Repeat in Vegas, Disappearing Act in Winnipeg

The Winnipeg Jets and Vegas Golden Knights ended their runs with major disappointments while the Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators could take some positives toward next season after the first... Read Now
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Winnipeg Jets Stats, Odds, Standings and Schedule for NHL Season 2023

Winnipeg Jets Last Season Performance

Despite a coaching change, it was the same old story for the Winnipeg Jets in 2022-23. The team started with the ninth-best point percentage in the league before the All-Star break. But afterward, Winnipeg stumbled and stayed just above .500. It barely clinched a playoff spot and then got unceremoniously eliminated by Vegas in the first round.

Still, with 95 points, you can consider Winnipeg’s previous season a success. It went over its 87.5 projected point total and the team gave up the seventh-fewest goals. But the Jets continue to re-tool as more changes are coming for the next season, even if Winnipeg’s NHL lines remain similar.

Winnipeg Jets Offseason Changes

Key Additions

The Jets made a splash early in NHL Free Agency by trading with Los Angeles. They acquired center Gabriel Vilardi and winger Alex Iafallo to bolster the team’s depth up front. And from the back, Winnipeg brought back Laurent Brossoit to back up Connor Hellebuyck. Brossoit won a Stanley Cup with the Golden Knights and was in net when Vegas ousted Winnipeg.

Winnipeg also had a solid draft. It took left winger Colby Barlow from the OHL with the 18th overall pick. The power forward will bring some much-needed scoring and physicality to the team. But fans may have to wait till next season to see him play.

Key Subtractions

As many NHL odds had it, Winnipeg sent center Pierre-Luc Dubois to Los Angeles in exchange for Vilardi and Iafallo. Winnipeg also bought out its former captain, Blake Wheeler, who then signed with the New York Rangers. Center Adam Lowry will be the team’s new captain. The Jets also did not bring back forward Sam Gagner.

Winnipeg Jets Head Coach Analysis

Rick Bowness was not most Jets fans’ first NHL picks to take over for Paul Maurice last season. But he has quickly won everyone over with his frank coaching style. The former Stars coach has called out his team on numerous occasions and will look to reignite the fire Winnipeg had in the first half of 2022-23.

Under Bowness, the Jets may be a solid bet online to exceed expectations again. The departures of Dubois and Wheeler could bring more solidarity to the locker room and Bowness will keep the Jets a playoff contender.

Winnipeg Jets Prediction for the 2023-24 Season

At a minimum, Winnipeg should make another playoff run. Our sportsbook has the Jets at 91½ points, which is expected to be good enough to make the playoffs (-150). However, anything beyond a first-round exit would be a pleasant surprise. And this is being optimistic. Things can quickly go south for Winnipeg too.

Star players like Hellebuyck and Mark Scheifele could be the next to be traded out of Winnipeg. Hellebuyck already indicated he is not re-signing as his deal expires. Scheifele is also on the last year of his deal. Expect both to continue to put up All-Star numbers as they play for bigger deals, which will also impact Winnipeg’s record for the better.

Winnipeg will be a team worth betting online, especially during the early parts of the season. This franchise has gone over its point projects in seven of its 11 seasons – the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season notwithstanding.

Winnipeg Jets FAQs

What are the Winnipeg Jets’ home arena and colors?

The Winnipeg Jets play their home games at the Canada Life Centre in downtown Winnipeg. The team’s colors are polar night blue, aviator blue, silver, red, and white.

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Who are the key players on the Winnipeg Jets?

The Jets have some of the most talented forwards in the NHL. Chief among them is Mark Scheifele, the team’s All-Star center. Kyle Connor is also the Jets’ best goalscorer as a winger. Josh Morrissey is Winnipeg’s most prolific defenseman. And of course, Connor Hellebuyck has been the team’s MVP as an elite goaltender.

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What is the Winnipeg Jets’ biggest rivalry?

Historically, the Winnipeg Jets had a rivalry with the Edmonton Oilers in their first incarnation. Both teams began in the World Hockey Association (WHA), where they met in the playoffs several times, including the 1989 Avo Cup Finals. Recently, the Jets have had rivalries with teams like Vegas, Calgary, and Nashville.

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Who is the captain of the Winnipeg Jets?

Center Adam Lowry is Winnipeg’s captain for the 2023-24 season. He will enter his 10th season with the team since being drafted 67th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft.

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