Montreal – 0-1-0 0 pts
Winnipeg – 0-0-0 0 pts
4pm MTS Centre
Here we go!
The first game of Jets 2.0′s inaugural season. The Jets face off against the Montreal Canadiens in an Eastern Division match up. When the Thrashers moved to the River City Gary Bettman told Mark Chipman that he could choose whoever he wanted for the home opener. Mark Chipman chose wisely.
The Habs have a rich history in Winnipeg. Back in the old days when they would come to town there would be more Habs Jerseys then Jets. Though I think its safe to say that today Jets fans will be in the majority.
The Habs come in today after a tough shutout loss to the Maple Leafs to open the season. Special teams were an issue as the went 0 for 5 on the powerplay and gave up a shorthanded goal which would prove to be the game winner.
The Jets showed moments of offensive dazzle during the preseason and that needs to continue if the Jets are to have any success this season. The Jets also need to find a way to limit the amount of shots they gave up last season.
3 Keys To The Game
The only way the Jets could lose this crowd will be if Mark Chipman sells the team to Scottsdale, Arizona between periods and that’s not going to happen. All season the crowd will be a huge advantage to the Jets. In sports emotion sometimes can trump skill and today could be a perfect example of that. This Jets team will need to feed off of the energy of the crowd. A few big hits and an early goal and the MTS Centre might expand all by itself. The only issue is that the players need to find a way to harness all that energy and not get too excite and take a stupid penalty.
Montreal was horrendous on the power play last game which is good new for Winnipeg since their penalty killing was a little suspect during the pre-season. Special teams will ultimately decide the fate of this game. Winnipeg needs to produce and find a away to shut down the other teams Power Play unit. Look for Mark Scheifele to get some PP time on the second unit. Coach Noel will probably try out a lot of different combos until he can find one that gives the team success.
BATTLE OF THE D MEN
Both teams sport dynamic offensive minded Defenseman. For the Jets its the big guy Dustin Byfuglien and for the Habs its P.K. Subban. Each man acts at the quarterback for their respective teams. Both men like to jump into the play and this is what also could be the difference in the game. While having a D man who can jump in and contribute offensively is nice its also a giant high risk / high reward type of situation. Yes, they may help create a scoring chance, but they may also give up the big play. The team that can generate offense through their D without giving up the big play will win this game.
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