Will the new Winnipeg Jets be able to make a Stanley Cup Playoff run in 2011-2012?
The rebirth of the Winnipeg Jets has been a dream come true for the fans in Manitoba. The excitement of having NHL hockey back in town is evident in how fast they sold out the MTS center for the season.
The fans will be there in 2011 regardless of what happens on the ice. Win or lose hockey is a passion in Manitoba and Jets fans will be loud and proud all season.
So, what about that winning thing?
Obviously, having the Jets make the playoffs would be a perfect end to the amazing script that has played out so far, but is it realistic?
Last season, the Atlanta Thrashers were in eighth place half way through the season and it looked like they might squeak into the Eastern Conference playoffs. They faded however, and ended 13 points out of a playoff spot.
Can they make up those 13 points this year? To do so they will have to over come some challenges.
Here are the five biggest challenges the Jets will have to conquer to make the playoffs in 2011-2012.