Jets need to improve at home and on road

Posted by Richard Pollock in Columns,Features,General Jets News,Winnipeg Jets on August 29, 2011 — 1 Comment

Much has been made of the Winnipeg Jets and the team’s opportunity to improve upon its record last season because of home-ice momentum.  Few will argue that MTS Centre is going to be one of, if not, the loudest buildings in the NHL next season.  However, the first question is, where do the Jets need to improve?  Was this team poor on the road last season? Was it alright at home?

Let’s take a look at the home and road goal differential totals for the Jets/Thrashers relative to the rest of the NHL:

More after the jump.

Here are the NHL home goal differentials from last season:

Team

Games Played

Goals For

Goals Against

Goal Differential

VANCOUVER

41

133

89

44

BOSTON

41

124

89

35

SAN JOSE

41

128

100

28

WASHINGTON

41

122

94

28

TAMPA BAY

41

134

107

27

NY RANGERS

41

125

98

27

PHILADELPHIA

41

130

104

26

NASHVILLE

41

114

88

26

PITTSBURGH

41

116

94

22

CHICAGO

41

128

108

20

CALGARY

41

134

114

20

DALLAS

41

114

96

18

ST LOUIS

41

119

102

17

ANAHEIM

41

126

109

17

MONTREAL

41

111

95

16

BUFFALO

41

123

110

13

CAROLINA

41

124

112

12

LOS ANGELES

41

106

96

10

PHOENIX

41

115

107

8

NY ISLANDERS

41

131

123

8

DETROIT

41

129

127

2

FLORIDA

41

105

106

-1

TORONTO

41

107

114

-7

NEW JERSEY

41

92

100

-8

MINNESOTA

41

104

115

-11

ATLANTA

41

103

116

-13

COLUMBUS

41

104

122

-18

OTTAWA

41

94

114

-20

EDMONTON

41

89

119

-30

COLORADO

41

119

150

-31

What about the road differential?

VANCOUVER

41

125

91

34

BOSTON

41

120

100

20

DETROIT

41

128

110

18

PHILADELPHIA

41

126

112

14

CHICAGO

41

124

112

12

PITTSBURGH

41

112

102

10

SAN JOSE

41

115

108

7

LOS ANGELES

41

103

100

3

NY RANGERS

41

99

97

2

WASHINGTON

41

97

97

0

BUFFALO

41

117

118

-1

PHOENIX

41

111

113

-2

NASHVILLE

41

99

102

-3

CALGARY

41

107

116

-9

ST LOUIS

41

117

126

-9

MONTREAL

41

102

111

-9

MINNESOTA

41

99

113

-14

ANAHEIM

41

109

124

-15

CAROLINA

41

107

122

-15

TAMPA BAY

41

107

127

-20

DALLAS

41

108

130

-22

COLUMBUS

41

106

128

-22

TORONTO

41

106

131

-25

NEW JERSEY

41

79

107

-28

FLORIDA

41

86

116

-30

ATLANTA

41

115

146

-31

COLORADO

41

102

137

-35

OTTAWA

41

96

131

-35

EDMONTON

41

102

141

-39

NY ISLANDERS

41

94

135

-41

The Thrashers were nothing if not consistent, as the team was the fifth worst in terms of goal differential at home and fifth worst in goal differential on the road.  All in all, some terrible figures.

On Wednesday, we will look at how much of an effect playing in front of a packed house may or may not have on the Jets’ chances next season.