Winnipeg Jets 8-9-4 20pts
Carolina Hurricanes 8-11-3 19pts
6pm RBC Center
The Jets come into Carolina after getting one point in an overtime loss against the Caps. The Jets looked a little sluggish as they played behind most of the game. Winnipeg will want to get a win tonight against the Canes before they have to play the red hot Bruins tomorrow. If there was any night to give Pavelec a rest this is it as Chris Mason is expected to get the start. You have to give credit to the Jets for not giving up when they were behind against the Caps but need a better offensive showing if they want to get the W.
CAPITALIZE ON 5-3 CHANCES
The Jets have yet to score a goal while having a 5-3 advantage even though their power play is a respectable 19.6%. In the NHL you must be able to make the other team pay when you are up 2 men. The Jets seem to want to hang onto the puck too much and keep looking for that perfect pass. When you have the 2 man advantage you just need to fire the puck at the net. You should in a perfect world have two men screening the goalie, one high one low and the 3 other players should form a triangle – this way you can move the puck around and then the low man can slip out and provide a back door outlet.
Winnipeg gets pressure in the offensive zone then either the goalie makes a save or they turn over the puck and the other team is given a great chance. The loss against the Caps was due to poor transition play which came from a D man being too far in. NHL players are too smart and too fast to give those chances to. The Jets need to be cognizant of turning over the puck in the offensive zone and giving odd man opportunities to the other team. If they do give it up the forwards need to get back as fast as possible t try and help out the D by taking away the trailer.
PLAY PHYSICAL YET SMART
One thing you can tell is that the Jets want to be known as a physical, punishing team and thats a great identity to have. The problem is that when you do that you run the risk of taking a lot od penalties. Against the Caps Wheeler bumped the Caps goalie and took a very stupid penalty. Later in the game Bogosian almost took off Cody Eakin’s head with an elbow that will be sure to get the NHL’s attention. Yes you can be physical but you also have to be smart about it. With both those plays there was no reason for the players to do what they did. The Jets were able to kill the call against Wheeler and hopefully the NHL decides to rule in Bogosian’s favor but the point is there is no excuse for dumb plays. I understand that players can get a little carried away and that hockey is an emotional game but part of being a professional is keeping those emotions in check. Hit the other team, make them think twice about carrying the puck but do it in a way that doesn’t end up hurting your team.
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