One Last Home Hoorah for the Winnipeg Jets: Fan’s Take

Protect the house!

The MTS Centre.
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The Winnipeg Jets (37-35-9) will defend home ice for the final time this season when the Tampa Bay Lightning visit the MTS Centre on Saturday, April 7 (7:00 p.m. EST). Say what you will about the Jets, they had a granite jaw at home with a record of 23-13-4. Moreover, they boasted the National Hockey League's best home power play for a long stretch of the season and arguably the most vociferous home crowd in the league.

No visiting team was untouchable.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins were riding a 15-game point streak when they invaded the MTS Centre on December 6. The Jets turned them away, as Bryan Little nearly blew the roof of the place with an early third period goal.

The Minnesota Wild had the best record in the NHL and were on a seven-game winning streak when they visited Winnipeg on December 13. The Wild's parting gift was a 2-1 loss.

The Dallas Stars were 10-0-1 and winners of six games in a row when they visited the MTSC on Wednesday, March 14. And the Jets blasted them. 5-2.

There were other memorable home moments, so many to count. Truthfully, each game (home and away) was special in this historical and magical season. The Jets missed the playoffs, but it felt like they hosted 40 playoff games. Now it's time for home game No. 41, game No. 82 on the schedule.

Let's make it feel like a Game 7.

Adam Martini is a freelance sportswriter and supporter of all Winnipeg sports teams. He no longer dreads Winnipeg winters now that the Jets have returned to town. Follow Adam and the Jets on Twitter @PegCitySports.

Sources

Hockey-Reference.com.

Winnipeg Jets on Yahoo! Sports.

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Updated Saturday, Apr 7, 2012