Game 6 vs. New Jersey: Scoring Chances

Travis Hrubeniuk
October 15 2013 10:31AM

Before today’s matchup against the Montreal Canadiens, we take a look at the scoring chances from Sunday’s game against the New Jersey Devils.

Scoring Chances

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Even Strength

PP/SH

Chance +/-

Player

For

Vs.

For

Vs.

-

Postma

1

2

0

0

-1

Stuart

0

3

1

1

-3

Trouba

3

2

1

1

1

Kane

6

4

2

0

4

Jokinen

2

0

0

0

2

Halischuk

0

2

1

0

-1

Ladd

2

1

3

0

4

Wright

0

4

2

1

-3

Little

5

4

3

2

2

Slater

3

2

2

1

2

Wheeler

4

6

3

0

1

Tangradi

3

0

0

0

3

Byfuglien

8

5

7

2

8

Enstrom

6

5

3

0

4

Setoguchi

3

0

1

0

4

Bogosian

4

1

2

2

3

Scheifele

2

3

1

0

0

Frolik

2

1

0

0

1

-

Even Strength

PP/SH

Chance +/-

Player

For

Vs.

For

Vs.

-

Zidlicky

6

6

3

2

1

Larsson

0

2

0

0

-2

Greene

0

5

0

4

-9

Zubrus

3

3

0

1

-1

Harrold

3

1

2

1

-3

Gionta

2

0

0

1

1

Brunner

1

2

0

2

-3

Henrique

1

8

0

4

-11

Ryder

1

1

3

1

2

Bernier

3

2

0

0

1

Zajac

0

5

1

2

-6

Loktionov

1

1

0

0

0

Salvador

5

5

0

4

-4

Olesz

4

0

0

0

4

Elias

6

3

3

5

1

Volchenkov

4

3

0

1

0

Clowe

1

2

0

2

-3

Jagr

4

5

3

1

1

Team

1st (EV)

2nd (EV)

3rd (EV)

Total (ES)

Winnipeg

3(2)

6(3)

9(6)

18(11)

New Jersey

4(4)

6(3)

2(2)

12(9)

*The app I use counts empty net chances as ES

Observations

It was yet another relatively slow start for the Jets Sunday night. As a whole, it was a rather boring period of hockey to watch as New Jersey was able to administer their kind of game, and it resulted in them winning the period chance wise. The Jets did get stronger as the game continued on, finding their own game to play and taking over in the later stages.

Special teams were huge on this night. Highlighted by Dustin Byfuglien’s 7 chances-for night on the power play and penalty kill, the Jets were aggressive in both aspects. Despite an elongated 5 on 3 and a total of 5 shorthanded opportunities, the Devils were only able to manage 2 chances. A number that was matched by the Jets while they were shorthanded.

Adam Henrique and Andy Greene were absolutely feasted upon by the Jets. They were also on the ice for Evander Kane’s first goal (it wasn’t recorded as a scoring chance).

Mark Stuart once again finished the night as the Jets worst defenseman. It makes little to no sense that this keeps happening, as his Relative Corsi number of -0.310 is lowest among Jets D. Looking at the fact that Trouba was once again a positive player while away from Stuart, it’s easy to see the weakest link in the chain. It’s time for him to take a seat, and let Postma and Clitsome make up that third pairing.

I thought the line of Jokinen, Tangradi and Setoguchi looked very good together. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. He might not be getting paid like a third line center, but Olli Jokinen has looked very good there thus far this year. Similarly, Devin Setoguchi was not brought in to be a third line guy, but it’ll be interesting to see how that line works.

James Wright did his thing. He was unable to make anything happen at even strength, but was on the ice for 2 chances for during penalty kills. Halischuk did the same. None the less, I’d rather have the two of them making up the fourth line than Chis Thorburn any day.

Not that I was expecting anything to be made out of it, but that was likely Jagr’s final game in Winnipeg. He was dangerous for a lot of the night, despite finishing a -1 o at even strength and a +1 overall.

Moving Forward

The Jets match up against the Habs tonight, a team that has seemingly had the Jets number quite literally since day 1 of the return. I will be looking to see if these newly created lines can replicate their success to any degree, and to see if the Jets special teams can continue to be effective. Montreal brings a much faster paced game than the Devils do and will attempt to take things over from the start, so the Jets must be equal to the task. If anything, I hope they are at least able to keep Brendan Gallagher off of the score sheet. Fantasy hockey grudges and all.

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October 16 2013, 08:44PM
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Shouldn't have said that. Now Dale Hunter will jump out of the crowd with a flying elbow...

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NJ is a bad team after 25 years. Perrault and Seguin were massive thefts. Mattieu reminds me of P.Turgeon. He could've been had for not even a third rounder and would've earned less than Little over next five years. Small centers are easy to get, though the Leafs ruined 1/2 a decade by not getting any. The Wheeler signing is okay but UFA Semin would've been the same price. It annoys me Tatar and Morin aren't playing yet; if I bought a jersey it would be Tatar. There outta be more strength on strength matchups in the regular season schedule. The WHC could start a month late in non World Cup leap years.

I like Halischuk but is a pylon. The Jets only have two scoring lines at today's game rosters, and they are good but not great. The D and goaltending are good. Postma seems to have taken a step back so I'd rotate in a prospect. Jokinen took the puck from the circle edge and skated to the boards before unleashing a weak shot from the boards. He doesn't have the speed or puck control skills of Wheeler, to take it to the net. And he doesn't have the S.Gomez like passing he probably used to have. Would be a good depth player in the playoffs, like Halischuk. Frolik had a chance to redirect the puck or chip it on net, instead he tried to slot stickhandle into gifted-handed Mtl players he had beaten a bit for a 1/4 second...he should've gotten the puck on net and 4 players charge the small Mtl-ers in the ensuing crease scramble. On a PP, the puck sat in front of Price for a second and he awkwardly got his blocker hand on it out of the crease. I think it was Scheifele that was staring at it from near the board instead of charging the rough and tumble corner of the slot. I think it was Scheifele that passed from the boards weakly into two Jets across ice, near the slot; the one Mtl defender got it. The aren't ringing the offensive boards fast enough; Det and Vancouver mastered this a few years ago; it was like a routine point to point pass for them, passing the long way around. Weak attacks on Price. The perimeter chances are okay if you get traffic and crash the net. He almost handed over a goal but the Jet didn't stick check his pads agressively enough. Mtl looked more physical. After Max got hurt and down two, I wish I was watching the Cup favourite matchup. I like SJ a bit for the first time since they trapped the Wings and then booed Canada's perfect foreign policy. Without cap room, the Jets have zero chance of a Cup this year. With room they might have deadlined a run. Phx has some good defence; they are like the Expos in their swan seasons; still feisty roser moves. Hainsey would've only been 400k a year more than Slater. It is weird to here CJOB cheering for such a young defence. For example, when our youth matures, I can see the goaltending sucking. Good on Buff to take the pass to Plekanec away from Moen. Good trade finally for Vancouver to get Bo. They should've done it when they could've gotten Kadri or someone else to be linemates of the Sedins before the drinking game is playable again. No Kuznetsov and gave away Perrault; Caps blew their Cup. In retrospect Fleury for E.Staal and M.Samuelsson was a losing Pittsburgh trade. If Varlamov and Bobrovsky are good Russia is the fave on paper. I said that last time but didn't expect them to play Nabokov. I wonder how the Swedes will use their D strength. Obviously not arrows attack.

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