Apr 11, 2013; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets forward Chris Thorburn(22) tips the puck past Florida Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen (30) off a shot from Winnipeg Jets defenseman Ron Hainsey (not pictured) during the third period at the MTS Center. Winnipeg wins 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

Winnipeg Jets: Sizing Up The Florida Panthers

It hasn’t been too long since the Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers shared the Southwest Division together. Amidst all the changes with the new conferences and divisions, a rivalry was cut short. Tomorrow the Jets and Panthers do battle for the first of two meetings this year, and the first since the Jets moved out of the Eastern Conference.

Florida Panthers

Record: 7-16-5

Points: 19 (29)

Leading Scorer: Scottie Upshall/Brian Campbell – 15 Points

Goals For: 59 (27)

Goals Against: 91 (28)

Power-Play %: 12.4 (28)

Penalty Kill %: 75.34 (28)


Winnipeg Jets

Record: 13-12-4

Points: 30 (16)

Leading Scorer: Bryan Little – 26 Points

Goals For: 73 (16)

Goals Against: 79 (21)

Power-Play %: 11.2 (30)

Penalty Kill %: 83.3 (14)


Obviously, the Jets are better in almost every respect. They might want to decline any penalties given to them, as they have the NHL’s worst power-play. It is quite discouraging for Panthers fans to see the Jets team double the points of their team’s leading scorers. To Florida’s credit: they do not have a league-worst stat in the main statistical categories.

If the Southwest Division was still around, Winnipeg would be tied with the Washington Capitals for second in the group. Florida would bring up the rear.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the full game preview.


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