Game 73 @ Dallas: Montoya Performance & Neutral Zone Play

Travis Hrubeniuk
March 27 2014 12:16AM

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The Jets probably deserved a lot better than they got Monday night against the Stars.  Once again they outplayed Dallas, but the lineup was just too short handed to put anything of relevance together until it was too late.  Such is the life in Winnipeg, and it will continue to be this way until some true depth is created throughout the organization.

Zone Entries

5 vs 5

Player

Successful Entries

Shots (From Entries)

Shots/Entry

Controlled Entries

Shots (From Control)

Shots/ Controlled

% With Control

2

Pardy

2

1

0.50

0

0

N/A

0%

4

Postma

1

0

0.00

0

0

N/A

0%

5

Stuart

2

1

0.50

0

0

N/A

0%

7

Ellerby

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

N/A

8

Trouba

3

2

0.67

2

2

1.00

67%

9

Kane

3

1

0.33

2

1

0.50

67%

12

Jokinen

2

2

1.00

1

2

2.00

50%

14

Peluso

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

N/A

18

Little

4

1

0.25

2

1

0.50

50%

19

Slater

6

4

0.67

5

1

0.20

83%

26

Wheeler

5

1

0.20

3

1

0.33

60%

27

Tangradi

2

2

1.00

2

2

1.00

100%

28

Cormier

2

3

1.50

2

3

1.50

100%

33

Byfuglien

7

5

0.71

3

4

1.33

43%

39

Enstrom

2

0

0.00

0

0

N/A

0%

40

Setoguchi

1

1

1.00

1

1

1.00

100%

58

O’Dell

4

2

0.50

3

2

0.67

75%

67

Frolik

6

7

1.17

2

1

0.50

33%

JETS

52

33

0.63

28

21

0.75

54%

OPP

55

19

0.35

30

13

0.43

55%

OZF

21

6

0.29

DZF

17

2

0.12



Observations

  • The Jets were much more efficient with their neutral zone play than the Stars were throughout the night.  I didn’t like how easily the Jets gave up the blue line (noted by the 55% carry rate the Stars had), but the shot attempts against were extremely limited regardless.  If the Jets were capable of replicating these sorts of numbers on a regular basis (and with their regular lineup) throughout the season they would be a lot better off than they are now. 
  • I really liked Eric O’Dell on the right wing against the Stars.  His entry numbers don’t jump off the sheet by any means, but I thought he was a pretty productive guy.  Keeping in mind this came while playing with Jim Slater and Devin Setoguchi.  O’Dell has really impressed me on this call up, and has earned a pretty serious look in camp next year.
  • Surprisingly enough, Patrice Cormier has surprised me a couple times recently as well.  He was once again a positive possession guy in this game (albeit in limited minutes) and he had a relatively strong neutral zone game as well.  His presence has seemed to mesh well with Tangradi too, which is only an added bonus.  He’s never going to amount to a huge role in the NHL, but he could be seen as an upgrade over Thorburn, Wright, etc. 
  • It’s always nice to see Jacob Trouba jumping into the play to generate offense.  I don’t necessarily think Mark Stuart is a good partner for him in the long run, but if he’s providing him the comfort to keep jumping in on the rush, so be it.  Trouba is going to make his mistakes, many of which are going to be pretty bad, as he grows.  I’m fine with that as long as he doesn’t abandon his offensive upside.
  • I’m seriously starting to wonder if it’s even possible for Michael Frolik to do something wrong with the puck in the neutral zone.  However he ends up moving the puck across the blue line, it seems to always work.  In the game against the Stars he really took advantage of Kane’s speed along the opposite wall, and started timing dump-ins with him.  I question how sustainable it would be long term, but I’m impressed with how adaptable Frolik is.  There is no way the Jets can trade him away this offseason.

Montoya Performance

I thought Monty had a pretty strong game.  He was perfect at even strength, stopped multiple odd-man chances, and was there to bail the Jets out on a few iffy turnovers.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the first goal against him, but in no way was the loss on him.

Goal

Situation

Why It Went In

Where It Went

1

Jets Penalty Kill

Beat Clean (Montoya)

Blocker

2

Jets Penalty Kill

Rebound

Open Net

 

Quick Explanations

 

Top of the circle, pretty clear lane to see the puck, yet beat clean by the shot.  It was a nice shot, but Monty really looked like he was guessing.  Probably could have had that one.


Another power play for the Stars, a scramble in front in which no Jet really touches a Star, and Seguin gently corrals the puck and scores a goal. Hard to really put much heat on Montoya for this one. 

Things to Watch For

Oh joyous days! The Jets start the death trap that is the California swing on Thursday with a late game against the Sharks.  I think it’s pretty fair to say I’m not expecting much from this swing, but any team can win on any night.  Here are some things to watch for heading into the game:

  1. Will Pavelec get called out by the media?  Remember earlier this year when Evander Kane deemed himself healthy, but was shut down by Claude Noel and ripped to shreds by the local media for it?  Well, guess what Pavelec did on Wednesday.  And take a wild guess as to what Paul Maurice’s response was.  Here’s a hint: he’s not playing regardless of what he thinks.  Will anything be made of this? I seriously doubt it. 
  2. How is Blake Wheeler really doing?  I still can’t believe Wheeler came back after his run in with the Dallas bench.  The instant it happened I thought bruised ribs or dislocated shoulder, but apparently he is okay.  We’ll see how long that lasts when he gets hit.
  3. Will Andrew Ladd come back with super human dad powers?  If you haven’t listened to the JetStream Podcast yet (you probably should be), you may not know what I’m talking about here.  We’ve brought up before the “human factor” in players, in that when major life events occur (such as having a baby) they seem to go beast mode and light it up for a few games upon their return.  If the Jets want any hope of pulling of a miracle run to the playoffs, a beast mode version of Andrew Ladd will be more than welcomed.

Final Thought

The Jets need to run the table from here on out to raise their playoff chances to 43.2%.  Things do not look good.  They need wins.  No better time to start a miracle than Thursday night in San Jose…right?  

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March 27 2014, 02:26PM
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If Pavelec goes out to wander among the media and then when asked declares himself a healthy scratch at that point and insists on it when asked again and again it will be the same as the Kane situation, until then it is not. I am a huge Kane and JetsNation fan but the false equivalencies between every other situation and that Kane situation is hugely annoying.

I for one hope that Pavelec does do that and everyone totally freaks out and it strengthens the buyout case on the "character" front for the team. I want that shlub gone!

I'd love some depth, for now I would take the proper utilization of the current lineup, but I'm not seeing that either.

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March 28 2014, 11:22AM
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I thank you for the considered response.

I'll take whatever I can get to generate a Pavelec trade or buyout, I'd prefer a buyout - I think a few years of compromised internal cap numbers are a better bet to take against whatever sort of contract garbage might come back from a team willing to take him. At this point I'll take just about anything though, just for it to be over.

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