February 9, 2013
Blake Wheeler a minus-9 for Jets
By KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

Blake Wheeler of the Jets skates prior to the game against the Panthers at the BB&T Center on January 31, 2013 in Sunrise, Fla. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images/AFP)

OTTAWA - You know things aren’t going well when your coach describes your line as “minus all over the place.”

That’s how Jets head man Claude Noel referenced his team’s top trio of Olli Jokinen, Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler after Thursday’s meltdown and resulting 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at MTS Centre.

The stats back up Noel’s claim. Since the trio got together for the third game of the season, in Washington against the hapless Capitals, at least two of Jokinen, Kane and Wheeler have been on the ice for 12 of the opponents’ 20 even-strength or shorthanded goals.

Leading the (wrong) way for the Jets is Wheeler, who is normally a dependable plus-minus player. Despite playing on a Jets team that gave up way more goals than it scored last year, the Minnesota native still managed to finish the season with a plus-three rating.



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