Game 60 @ St. Louis: Scoring Chances & Observations

Travis Hrubeniuk
February 09 2014 11:34PM

Chart via Extraskater.com

The Jets put together a solid, near complete effort against the Blues on Saturday afternoon. If not for penalty trouble, it may have just ended up being a dominant game in many forms, with the Blues being bailed out by some lucky bounces.

Scoring Chances

-

Even Strength

PP/SH

Chance +/-

Player

For

Vs.

For

Vs.

-

Pardy

3

2

0

0

1

Postma

3

2

0

0

1

Stuart

2

1

0

3

-2

Trouba

2

2

1

3

-2

Jokinen

3

1

0

3

-1

Peluso

0

0

0

0

0

Ladd

4

1

0

2

1

Wright

0

1

0

3

-4

Little

4

1

0

3

0

Thorburn

3

1

0

2

0

Wheeler

4

3

2

2

1

Byfuglien

2

2

1

1

0

Enstrom

4

1

0

6

-3

Setoguchi

1

1

2

0

2

Bogosian

5

1

2

5

-1

Scheifele

3

2

2

0

3

O’Dell

1

1

0

0

0

Frolik

4

1

0

3

0

-

Even Strength

PP/SH

Chance +/-

Player

For

Vs.

For

Vs.

-

Jackman

2

4

1

0

-1

Schwartz

1

1

3

1

2

Morrow

2

2

0

0

0

Roy

2

4

5

0

3

Bouwmeester

2

5

3

1

-1

Steen

1

1

5

1

4

Berglund

1

5

0

1

-5

Shattenkirk

3

3

6

1

5

Stewart

1

4

5

0

2

Pietrangelo

3

5

4

1

1

Leopold

0

0

0

0

0

LaPierre

0

3

1

0

-2

Backes

2

1

3

0

4

Polak

0

3

0

1

-4

Paajarvi

0

2

0

0

-2

Oshie

2

2

3

1

2

Reaves

0

0

0

0

0

Tarasenko

2

3

5

0

4

Team

1st (ES)

2nd (ES)

3rd (ES)

OT (ES)

Total (ES)

Winnipeg

4 (3)

6 (5)

1 (1)

1 (1)

12 (10)

St. Louis

5 (2)

4 (0)

4 (2)

1 (1)

14 (5)

Observations

At 5 on 5 the Jets were by far the better team in all possession metrics, and this translated into scoring chances as well. Without power play opportunities the Blues really had nothing going throughout the game, and they were only able to score a single weak goal, and two that were created by crazy deflections. The Jets should be proud of this effort, and probably deserved a win heading into the Olympic break.

Enstrom and Bogosian were able to effectively bounce back at even strength, following a pretty poor performance against Washington on Thursday. They were the best defensive pairing on the night.

What’s quickly become a regular point I can make in these posts, the Ladd-Little-Frolik line was absolutely dynamite again against the Blues. They have quite regularly shut down and exploited whatever grouping they are deployed against since their line was formed, providing the Jets with a very useful “shutdown” line.

Mark Scheifele had a solid game, obviously, with his two-goal performance. He and Wheeler have fortunately been able to keep their offensive production alive throughout their stint with Chris Thorburn thanks to some well-earned time on the power play. We haven’t heard much on the Evander Kane-hand situation, but the two of them keeping in some rhythm for his return may turn out to be very important.

It was nice to see Paul Postma have some success in his return to the lineup. In his first game back following that scary blood clot issue he didn’t play the most difficult minutes on the team, but he finished on the positive end of things. It’s good to see that he’s okay.

The Jets penalty kill has been a huge contributing factor to their success. They have continued to climb the league rankings in that stat, and are yet to be scored on in 5-on-3 situations. Who does Paul Maurice trust most on that unit? Well, let this statement speak for itself: neither Mark Stuart nor James Wright were on the ice to kill the penalty at the end of regulation.

Final Thought

Enjoy the Olympic Break everybody! I’ll try to get around to posting updates on all the metrics I’ve tracked this year before things start up again, but with school picking up that may be a little difficult. If I don’t get the chance let me go out with this: Go Canada Go!

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