The Winnipeg Jets have five games remaining in the NHL regular season. They are clinging to the final playoff spot in the West, two points better than Los Angeles, but the Kings can draw even in points, if they win in La la Land over the Oilers tonight.
The Jets are idle.
Their fans are probbaly not idle. They are seething.
Winnipeg has not enjoyed playoff hockey since arriving from Atlanta for the start of the 2011 season. Oh right, the original Jets who ditched for the desert from the ‘Peg, last played in the big dance in 1996.
So the fanatics are lusting for the best four out of seven in spring time.
Today, Winniepgs Dustin Byfuglien received a four-game suspension from the NHL for trying to be a human guillotine Tuesday,as the six-foot-five 260 pound defenceman cross checked the JT Miller across the back of the neck as the Ranger was vulnerable on the ice.
It was a stupid, selfish, senseless act, which could contribute to a late season swoon.
It deserved an eight to 10 games suspension. Byfuglien was fortunate to just get a phone hearing, which means the maximum banning could be for five games.
The team will surely try and rally around each other for the strech run.
Dustin can play again on April 11 at noon in Winnipeg versus the Flames in the last game of the regular season. For the Jets faitful I hope it means something or they are in the playoff already.
At that size, and playing almost 23 minutes night, Big Buff is a difference maker because of his strength and size. That does not matter, even in a tough, physical game like hockey, if you do not use the muscle between your ears.