It's tough to be fan of Jets, Oilers, Flames

Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec is one of a handful of core players who have long contract and have been...

Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec is one of a handful of core players who have long contract and have been underperforming this season. (QMI Agency)

Kirk Penton, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:52 PM ET

The sledding doesn't get much tougher if you're a fan of an NHL team on the Prairies these days.

The Calgary Flames can't score at home, never mind win, the Edmonton Oilers are the worst team in the Western Conference, and the Winnipeg Jets just fired their head coach after a five-game losing streak.

The passion for pucks runs deep in the foothills and on the flatlands, but those from Athabasca to Altona usually come away feeling disappointed when their favourite teams play. The Jets, Flames and Oilers occupy the bottom three spots in the Western Conference and have a combined winning percentage this season of .354. Their combined points percentage is a paltry .408. The last time one of them made the playoffs was the Flames in 2009.

The three teams are snowed under, and it makes you wonder if TSN analyst Jeff O'Neil knows what he's talking about after all. Maybe nobody wants to play in Winnipeg, and perhaps the same can be said for Calgary and Edmonton.


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