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Impressive stat shows the Jets defense shut down in the playoffs

Published May 1, 2024 at 2:48 PM

The Jets won a thrilling game one over Colorado, but dropped four straight to bow out of the playoffs, and this latest stat shows the defense may be to blame.

Even in a thrilling game one win, the Winnipeg Jets gave up six goals, and after dropping four straight to lose their first round series, their defensive struggles have been laid bare. In fact, those struggles made history in the worst way possible, as the Jets became the first team in NHL history to allow more than five goals in their first five games to start a playoff run.

Stunning. Absolutely stunning. In NHL HISTORY. The best defensive team in the regular-season. Absolutely shredded. Like no team has ever been shredded before.

Whether it's on the defense, Connor Hellebuyck in net, the coach decisions or a combination of them all, this series was an utter disaster for Winnipeg. After inking two key players to seven-year deals this past summer, they've now got some huge decisions to make going forward if they want to finally take the next step as a team.

The struggles may not all be on Winnipeg however, as the Jets faced an elite level offensive team led by Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar, but if they want to be the ones to end Canada's Stanley Cup drought, these are the teams they need to beat, so the blue line needs plenty of work going forward.
May 1   |   448 answers
Impressive stat shows the Jets defense shut down in the playoffs

Do the Winnipeg Jets need to make big changes defensively this summer?

Yes39187.3 %
No5712.7 %
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