San Jose Sharks 23-11-5, 51 pts
Winnipeg Jets 20-17-5, 45 pts
7:30 pm MTS Centre
To call the Jets recent road trip a disappointment would be an understatement. They could have really solidified their claim on a playoff birth yet now sit on the outside looking in. Well tonight they get to return home for a game and will face the Sharks of San Jose. The Jets were able to hang with the the Bruins for 40 minutes the other night before injuries and sloppy play doomed our beloved team. Chances are the Jets could be without Bogosian and Big Buff tonight which really hurts this team. Hopefully we can get back to full strength very soon.
HOME SWEET HOME
Its no secret that the Jets play better at home. So we just need to embrace that and use it to our advantage. The Jets will need to be near prefect inside the MTSC for the rest of the season if their road woes continue. The crowd and the emotions seems to take this team to a whole other level. Every team gets an advantage from playing at home but it seems for some reason the Jets have that advantage multiplied in their favor.
DO THE LITTLE THINGS
It was the little things that killed the Jets last game. Sloppy play in the neutral zone doomed them in the third against the Bruins. The Jets look to be in the mix through two frames before they made some really bad mental errors that caused turnovers and in turn cost them the game. The Jets weren’t picking up the extra man coming into the zone. They had a haphazard back check which put them in a disadvantage all night long. The Sharks are a big fast team who will make them pay if they try to get lazy with them. The Jets are at their best when they all work hard. If one aspect of the game breaks down they are toast. It was said early in the season that this team was a lunch box squad. A team that wasn’t going to win games with skill but rather with effort. Well on this road trip the effort was lacking which is evident by only getting one win out of four.
ITS JUST NOT THE BIG NAMES
Claude Noel called out his superstar Evander Kane the other night. A few days earlier he called out Eric Fehr and a few days before that Big Buff felt his wrath. Noel isn’t afraid to let his big guns have it if they are under performing. He lets a few word slip to the media and usually the player responds by picking up his game. After the loss to the Bruins he called out Kane who looked slow and bored all night. I agree with it 100%. Kane needed to be called out but that loss was a team effort and shouldn’t be placed on one player. Ron Hainsey also looked pretty sluggish. Where was is admonishment in the press? Chris Thorburn was his usual useless self but I didn’t hear the coach taking him to task. Listen I get what Noel is doing Kane, Buff, Fehr and the other big names are more high profile. By calling them out it shows that he won’t take poor work ethic from anyone. Yet what he did to Kane the other night was unfair. There were others who deserved the blame as well. I’m not saying to treat these guys with kid gloves and give them a pass for poor play. I’m just saying be fair about it. If you just pick on certain players then your tactic will back fire and you could lose the dressing room.
Go Jets Go.
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