Game 63 vs. NY Islanders: Pavelec Performance & Neutral Zone Play

Travis Hrubeniuk
March 05 2014 09:56PM

Grabner

This loss was a hard one to swallow.  Against an Islander team that has been decimated by injuries and trades came limping into the MTS Center, only to snag a win and leave the Jets sitting point behind Dallas for the final playoff spot.

Zone Entries

5 vs 5

Player

# of successful entries

Shots (From Entries)

Shots/Entry

Controlled Entries

Shots (From Control)

Shots/ Controlled

% With Control

2

Pardy

4

0

0.00

0

0

N/A

0%

5

Stuart

1

0

0.00

1

0

0.00

100%

7

Ellerby

2

1

0.50

2

1

0.50

100%

8

Trouba

5

1

0.20

4

1

0.25

80%

9

Kane

4

2

0.50

2

1

0.50

50%

12

Jokinen

7

3

0.43

5

2

0.40

71%

15

Halischuk

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

N/A

16

Ladd

5

1

0.20

3

1

0.33

60%

18

Wright

1

3

3.00

1

3

3.00

100%

19

Slater

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

N/A

22

Thorburn

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

N/A

26

Wheeler

7

3

0.43

5

3

0.60

71%

33

Byfuglien

3

2

0.67

2

2

1.00

67%

39

Enstrom

4

1

0.25

1

1

1.00

25%

40

Setoguchi

4

3

0.75

3

3

1.00

75%

44

Bogosian

3

2

0.67

1

1

1.00

33%

55

Scheifele

3

1

0.33

1

0

0.00

33%

67

Frolik

6

5

0.83

3

3

1.00

50%

JETS

59

28

0.47

34

22

0.65

58%

OPP

55

29

0.53

27

20

0.74

49%

OZF

14

6

0.43

DZF

9

1

0.11

Observations

  • The Jets strong neutral zone play has been a constant since Maurice took over behind the bench, and maintained itself despite a rocky start to this game.  The problems in this game arose in two areas.  First was their inability to do anything after dumping the puck in.  I honestly do not understand how anyone still thinks that is an effective method after watching this team play.  The difference is just staggering.  The second problem was how effective the Islanders were when they carried the puck in.  On no less than 3 occasions those carries were breakaways, but even outside of those they were pretty efficient at getting shots on net.  That needs to get cleaned up.
  • Michael Frolik is such a rock for this squad in the neutral zone.  His hockey IQ is through the roof, and he almost always makes the right decision when it comes to getting into the offensive zone.  He was one of the few Jets who really transitioned smoothly once the lines started flipping around.
  • I thought Stuart had a decent game overall, and that likely contributed to Trouba’s willingness to jump into the play.  Trouba wasn’t as effective at it as he has been in the past, but the kid has talent.  Him jumping into the rush is fun to watch.
  • I’m a little concerned about what these numbers are going to look like moving forward.  Chevy hinted today that they don’t plan on calling anybody up following Scheifele’s injury, meaning the Jets are going to look pretty terrible at the center position for a while.  Inexperienced and weaker centers are a lot less likely to have the confidence to carry a puck by defenders and into the offensive zone, meaning we might see a lot more of the horrid dump and chase play that kills this squad.  It’s not a certainty, but it’s something to look out for.

Pavelec Performance

I thought Pavelec had a decent game against the Islanders.  I have a hard time really pinning any of the goals directly on him, but his rebound control continues to scare the living daylights out of me. 

Goal

Situation

Why It Went In

Where It Went

1

Sustained Pressure

Bad Bounce

Left Pad

2

Break Away

Rebound

Blocker

3

Break Away

Beat Clean

Blocker

Quick Explanations


Pavelec was a little slow recovering to this bounce off of the end boards, but I’m not going to hate on him for actually challenging a shot.  Or for McDonald being wide open in front of the net.


It’s a breakaway. Pavelec faced far too many of these against a pretty bad Islanders team, and this one bit the Jets in the butt.  It would have been nice if he managed to hold on to the initial shot, and I feel like elite goaltenders would have, but it was also a pretty nice play by Lee to tap it in.


Hey look! Another breakaway.  Those of you who watched the Moose back in the day will surely remember how fast Michael Grabner is.  Unfortunately, I think Bogosian forgot who it was he had bearing down on him. 

Things to Watch For

The Jets take on the Kings Thursday night in their first match up following a silent trade deadline day.  Here are a few things to watch for heading into that game:

  1. Who’s playing where?  With Scheifele out for 6-8 weeks, and no call-ups being made, the lines as we know them are getting thrown into the blender.  I’d love to give you a guess as to what might happen, but there were minimal guys at the skate this morning and I honestly have no idea.  I’m really curious as to what Maurice has in mind.
  2. When will Monty get a game? The Jets have a very heavy schedule coming up, and it would be a very, very bad idea to ride Pavelec too hard through it all.  Montoya has to get a start sometime soon, so why not against the Kings?
  3. Is the power play going to wake up?  The Jets power play against the Islanders was just terrible.  It was honestly horrid.  They couldn’t create anything, and gave up way too many chances.  If the Jets want to seriously take a run at that final playoff spot without Scheifele, they need the power play to get going. Now.

Final Thought

Scheifele getting out was certainly a huge factor contributing to the lack of movement from the Jets on trade deadline day.  With him out, the Jets really couldn’t afford any other drastic changes to the lineup, nor could they trade a center or anyone with the capability of scoring goals.  It really does hurt this team that the kid is out for so long.  On the positive side, it’s pretty impressive that he already has such an impact. It’s a good sign for things moving forward. 

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