Stanley Cups: 0
2011-'12 record: 37-35-6-4, (4th in Southeast, 11th in East)
2011-'12 playoffs: Did not qualify
Coach: Claude Noel (47-43-16, 3rd NHL year, 2nd team)
Top returning scorer: RW Blake Wheeler (17 goals, 47 assists, 64 points)
Top returning goalie: Ondrej Pavelec (29-28-9, 2,91, .906)
Key additions: LW Alexei Ponikarovsky; C Olli Jokinen; G Al Montoya.
Key subtractions: G Chris Mason; RW Tim Stapleton; LW Tanner Glass; RW Antti Miettinen; D Mark Flood; C Ben Maxwell; RW Eric Fehr; D Randy Jones.
Goaltending: Freshly signed to a new five-year, $19.5-million deal, Pavelec is the Jets’ goalie of today and of the future. He posted career highs in wins and games (68) and nearly backstopped the Jets to a late playoff rally.
Player to watch: C Mark Scheifele. He’s only gotten bigger, stronger and better since he was drafted seventh overall in 2011. Solid for Canada at the world juniors and a leader this season with the OHL Barrie Colts, and might give up a shot at Memorial Cup to play in NHL. He scored one goal in seven-game audition with Jets last season.
Icing: Other than a playoff spot, NHL’s return to Winnipeg was a smash success last season after the city went without a team from 1996-2011 . . . RW Evander Kane led the team with 30, nearly as many as he scored during his first two NHL seasons combined (33) . . . Despite that, Kane’s name continues to be linked to trade rumors involving the Jets.
PHT: Powered by a James Neal hat trick, Pittsburgh dominated Ottawa 6-2 in Game 5 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
The Pittsburgh Penguins squashed any concept of an upset by a massive underdog in the Ottawa Senators. James Neal led the way for the Pens with a hat trick as Pittsburgh now moves on to the Eastern Conference finals after a 6-2 victory in Game 5.
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