Jets goalie Chris Mason’s new goalie mask pays tribute to his favorite heavy metal band,  the “elephant” in the Oilers room, and a look at the big winners and losers in Hockey Night in Canada’s schedule for the upcoming season.

WINNIPEG JETS.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ed Tait recently reports Jets goalie Chris Mason new mask will feature a Jets logo and a tribute to heavy metal masters Iron Maiden.

“We went back and forth, lots of phone calls, and I sent Steve some sketches and he did some art and we mulled over a bunch of different ideas,” Mason said in an interview withInGoal. “Then he came up with the Iron Maiden Eddie (the band’s mascot) in the old fighter jet and I thought it was perfect. I loved the image and thought that was really appropriate for the Jets.

“I’m a fan of a few songs. ‘Aces High’ is one song I really like, so it’s kind of perfect.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pretty cool. Gotta love the paint jobs goalies get on their masks nowadays. Considerable amount of artistry going into these efforts.

EDMONTON OILERS.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Bruce McCurdy noted in the “Cult of Hockey” blog the “elephant in the room” for the Oilers since 2005-06 has been they’re getting outshot on a consistent basis, putting considerable pressure upon their defense and goaltending.

“Edmonton has been getting outshot to the tune of 400 shots a season for the past four years in a row, pretty much five shots a game. The Oilers are giving up fully 15% more shots than they take, year after year. That’s too big a disadvantage to be overcome by shooting and save percentages; even a team that executed like the dynasty Oilers would be hard-pressed to atone for such a deficit in flow of play. ”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The stats cited by McCurdy certainly indicate a serious problem for the Oilers defensive play, one which must be addressed, starting this season, if this team is going to make any significant improvement in the standings.

OTTAWA SENATORS.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: James Gordon recently posted up Hockey Night in Canada’s schedule for the upcoming season, and of the Eastern-based teams, the Senators are the “least favored, with only 20 games slated to be televised by CBC.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s the unfortunate thing for non-playoff Canadian teams, as they usually end up getting less broadcast time on HNiC…unless they’re the Maple Leafs.