Jets Vs. Penguins March 20th Game Preview

| March 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Winnipeg Jets 34-30-8, 76 pts

Pittsburgh Penguins 44-21-6, 94 pts

6:00pm CONSOL Energy Center

This is it. This is the season right here. The Caps are 4pts ahead of the Jets with the Jets having a game in hand (I wonder if the Washington Media is obsessing over this?). Winnipeg makes up that game tonight as they travel to Pittsburgh to face the mighty Penguins. On paper this one isn’t even close. The good news for the Jets is that games aren’t played on paper and that they have a chance to prove to the hockey world that they belong in the playoffs. Win this game and they can tie with the Caps on Friday. Lose and then things get real complicated fast.

3 KEYS

GET OVER IT

Yes the Jets have struggled on the road but at this point what has happened before this game doesn’t matter. All that matters is that the Jets have to find a way to win. The fact that this game is played in Pittsburgh shouldn’t mean anything. Its still hockey and in order for the boys to pull out a win they will need to probably play their best game of the season. They just need to block out all the negativity and focus on the task at hand. If I was Scott Brown I’d say no interviews today. Yes it will piss off the media but its not like they are on the Jets side anyways. The last thing the team needs is to have the likes of Lawless and Friesen constantly reminding them that they aren’t good enough to win on the road.

GUT CHECK

Yes the loss against the Canes was heartbreaking but look at it this way. The Jets played a bad game yet still could have won if it weren’t for a few bad breaks. The Jets have to put that game behind them and just play hockey. Just get out there and focus on the details. To win at hockey you have to do the small things right. Focus on doing your job and if enough of the players do that you can win the game. It comes down to the small battles. Win more pucks you win the game. Its that simple.

STAY HEALTHY

The Injury bug has struck the Jets again and it couldn’t have come at a worse time. Chris Thorburn, Eric Fehr and Nik Antropov are all out and the Jets can’t afford to have any more players end up on the sidelines. As it stands now the Jets only have 11 healthy forwards and as just so happens St. John’s has its own in jury issues so there might not be any players available for call up. The Jets lack depth and the pieces they have all serve a purpose. You lose one piece and then you have trouble. At this point it just comes down to wether or not the Hockey Gods decide to smile down on the Jets or not. So if you have an extra sacrifice lying around now is the time to use it.

Go Jets Go!

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