Game 66 @ Colorado: Montoya Performance & Scoring Chances

Travis Hrubeniuk
March 11 2014 11:17PM

Best Byfuglien

The Jets dropped their fourth straight game Monday night to the Colorado Avalanche.  The Jets were at least able to force overtime and gain a point on the Dallas Starts, who had their game postponed following some shocking events and a scary scene regarding the health of Rich Peverley.

Zone Entries

5 vs 5

Player

Successful Entries

Shots (From Entries)

Shots/Entry

Controlled Entries

Shots (From Control)

Shots/ Controlled

% With Control

2

Pardy

1

2

2.00

1

2

2.00

100%

5

Stuart

2

0

0.00

0

0

N/A

0%

7

Ellerby

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

N/A

8

Trouba

4

1

0.25

0

0

N/A

0%

9

Kane

7

4

0.57

4

3

0.75

57%

12

Jokinen

3

2

0.67

1

1

1.00

33%

14

Peluso

2

0

0.00

1

0

0.00

50%

16

Ladd

5

5

1.00

3

2

0.67

60%

18

Little

2

0

0.00

1

0

0.00

50%

19

Slater

5

1

0.20

2

1

0.50

40%

26

Wheeler

7

5

0.71

4

3

0.75

57%

27

Tangradi

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

N/A

33

Byfuglien

3

0

0.00

3

0

0.00

100%

39

Enstrom

1

1

1.00

0

0

N/A

0%

40

Setoguchi

3

1

0.33

2

1

0.50

67%

44

Bogosian

2

1

0.50

1

1

1.00

50%

67

Frolik

6

11

1.83

3

6

2.00

50%

70

Albert

2

2

1.00

2

2

1.00

100%

JETS

55

36

0.65

28

22

0.79

51%

OPP

52

25

0.48

31

19

0.61

60%

OZF

14

4

0.29

DZF

17

4

0.24

Observations

  • Once again we see that the Jets issue has not been their offensive play throughout the neutral zone.  Their problems have consistently started to arise when they don’t have the puck.  Opponents lately have been having far too easy of a time gaining the Jets blue line and thus, create offense.  The drop off in shot production seen when the Avs were forced to dump the puck in shows just how beneficial better neutral zone defense could have been for the Jets.  It’s an area that needs to get better if they want to make a final run at the playoffs.
  • My wishes were granted for a large portion of this game, as the Ladd – Little – Frolik line were reunited.  As he has done for a large portion of this year, Frolik was a smart and dominant player in the neutral zone throughout this game.  I’ve mentioned this before, but it honestly seems as if Michael Frolik just can’t make a wrong decision when the puck is on his stick.  He easily accounted for the drop in production from Bryan Little, and that line was ultimately a positive possession group.
  • Want a good reason as to why you can never look at one statistical area to analyze a player?  Dustin Byfuglien’s performance from last night is a good one.  He was anything but productive in his neutral zone play, but overall I thought he had a heck of a game.  Credit a lot of that to Blake Wheeler and Evander Kane’s time with him throughout the evening.
  • I was a little surprised to see that Trouba didn’t have any controlled entries against Colorado, as he and Stuart were pretty positive possession players on the night.  Usually that leads to Trouba being more willing to jump in the play, but I would suspect an emphasis on preventing chances was laid out considering how easily the Avs brought the puck in.
  • I haven’t mentioned this in a while, so I guess now is as good a time as any to remind you all of this little tid bit.  The Jets have continued to struggle all year when it comes to generating shots off of offensive zone opportunities.  For a team without a truly elite scorer, they need to be able to take advantage of opponent’s mistakes.  Instead, they too often lose draws or mishandle the puck and throwaway easy opportunities.

Montoya Performance

To be completely honest, I barely noticed the Jets goaltending in this game.  Which is quite a rare event.  Al Montoya seems to be much more steady and relaxed when making saves and facing pressure, so unless he is mixing it up and an opponent he doesn’t seem to cause much stress. Overall I wouldn’t say this was one of his better games, but we’ve seen plenty of worse goaltending performances this year.  Let’s just call this one an average outing.

Goal

Situation

Why It Went In

Where It Went

1

Average Play (Controlled ZE)

Deflection/Traffic

Left Pad

2

Average Play      (OZ Faceoff Loss)

Beat Clean (Montoya)

Blocker

3

Skilled Play

Beat Clean

Blocker

Quick Explanations


Pretty hard to blame this on Montoya at all.  Bogosian attempts to tie up Nathan MacKinnon but the puck apparently bounces off of him instead and into the net.  Sometimes throwing the puck to the front of the net just works. 

I’ve blamed worse goals on goaltender before, so this one goes on Montoya’s shoulders.  There was limited traffic in front, and Monty just got beat clean.  You can question why the faceoff was even in the Jets end, and how nobody seemed to notice the interference on Setoguchi, but that puck probably should have been stopped.


Well this was a weird one.  I personally don’t blame Buff here because that was a slick move by Duchene. It’s hard to blame Toby because he did technically did knock the puck away; it just took a ridiculous bounce.  It’s also hard to really blame Montoya, as he reacted to the play but the bounce completely fooled him.  Sometimes you just have to give credit to the opponent and some bad luck.  This is one of those times.

Things to Watch For

The Jets face off the rapidly imploding Vancouver Canucks back at home Wednesday night, and can really take a step towards removing them from any thought of playoff contention.  Things have been far from peachy in Vancouver recently, so it’s a great opportunity for the Jets to take advantage of what is surely a defeated group.  Here are a few things to watch for heading into Wednesday night:

  1. How will the lineup change?  John Albert suffered an injury pretty early into this game, and is status for Wednesday’s game is still up in the air.  If I was Paul Maurice, I would be very hesitant to move Frolik back to center.  He simply wasn’t producing much there, and we have seen how effective he is on the wing all season.  In a perfect world we would be seeing Eric O’Dell sometime soon, but I get the feeling that’s not happening either.  I’m curious to see what ends up happening.
  2. Who starts in net?  I would assume Pavelec would get the nod against Vancouver.  At this point it seems like Al Montoya will have to solve world hunger before he gets a serious look at feeding this team wins in goal.  I don’t like it, but that’s the way it is.
  3. Can the Jets get a hat trick?  The Canucks let in 7 goals in the third period against the New York Islanders.  Crazy things have been happening to this team lately, so it would be nice to see the Jets take advantage of it. Let’s get a hat trick. Somebody. Please. We can’t make a player for player trade at this point; so let’s try to break at least one crappy streak.

Final Thought

The events that went on in Dallas last night really hit home the point that these amazing athletes really are human.  It’s great to hear that Rich Peverley is doing better, and huge props go out to the medical staff and doctors involved with the situation.  I had a friend at the game, and hearing from him what it was like in the building really is eerie.  Best wishes from us at Jets Nation to Rich Peverley and his family moving forward.

 

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