Winnipeg Jets Week in Review – Week 23

Winnipeg Jets Week In Review For Mar. 17 — Mar. 23 —

The Winnipeg Jets 23rd week of the season was a critical one that would test their ability to get back to the pre-Olympic break level of play and truly make a difference in this run to the playoffs.  Theoretically, the Jets need to muster 3 wins however the reality is 2 wins is more likely.  The Jets have given St. Louis great games all year but a win is unlikely.  The must win is Carolina and given the record against Colorado its anyone’s game.  So how did it turn out? 1 Win and 2 regulation time losses.  

Game 70  at St. Louis 

Final score:  Stl — 3      Wpg — 1    

Game 71 vs Colorado

Final score:  Col  — 4     Wpg  — 5 (OT)

Game 72  vs Carolina

Final score:  Car  — 3     Wpg — 2

 3 Stars of the week:

Blake Wheeler  —  1 goals and 2 assist

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Week 23 2nd Star           photo by Shawn Coates – USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Ladd — 2 goals

Bryan Little — 1 goal and 1 assists

Honourable mention:

Evander Kane —  with a goal and assist Evander’s impactful play showed signs of life.

Forwards:     When you score 8 goals in 3 games with 5 coming in one game production is an issue.

Defence:   D   Similar to the offense when you give up 10 goals in 3 games there’s a lot of pressure on an inconsistent offense. 

Goalie:     Due to injury, Montoya has been given the opportunity to take on extra minutes.  The results were a .893 SV% and 3.02 GAA with some shaky moments (goals) along the way.  Goaltending is and will always be an issue for non-playoff teams. 

Special teams:   The good sign was the Jets scored on the power play that bad was there were only 5 chances.  Had this team figured out their power play and been around the 20% mark they could very well be in a playoff position.  On it’s own its not the reason this team has not succeeded.  Ironically, timing is everything and the penalty killing unit gave up 2 goals this week all at the wrong time.  Fortunately this week the Jets did find a way to stop the parade to the penalty box.  For the opposing teams these were critical moments that changed the game in their favours.  As I was saying, a power play unit that could score a few more goals are important times, like the 5 on 3 against Carolina, the Jets would have a few more wins.

Powerplay —  B+  1-5

Penalty kill — D   5-7

Video Highlights:  highlights of the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 OT victory over Colorado 4:46

Comments:

This assembly of hockey players have shown the fans, coaches (yes plural), and General Manager everything under the sun in terms of good play, bad play, unlucky play, and indifferent play.  Inconsistency has been the signature of this team with the most recent loss to Carolina a true example of what the Winnipeg Jets 2.0 have been all about.

For the first 8 minutes of the hockey game the Jets looked like they were going to beat down a team that looked like they played the night before. Flashes of the 7-2 dominance of the Stars from a week ago were quickly replaced with indifference and a clear sense they were dropping their game down to the opponents level.  Despite a quick goal in the third and controversial disallowed goal the end result was another loss at the time of year where losses of this type questions how much character and pride this team really has.

Despite a Dallas win and Phoenix loss on Saturday night the Jets are still only 6 points out of a playoff spot, a spot this team hasn’t shown it deserves.  Ladies and Gentlemen, the fat lady is warming up.

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Darryl Manchulenko (21 Posts)


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