Game 64 vs. LA Kings: Pavelec Performance & Neutral Zone Play

Travis Hrubeniuk
March 08 2014 12:46AM

Oh no Toby :(

Oh no Toby :(

It’s pretty difficult to win hockey games when you spend so much of it in your own end.  The Jets had their chances to move the puck down the ice and attack the Kings, but they were simply shut down, out possessed, and simply out classed.

Zone Entries

5 vs 5

Player

Total Entries

Shots (From Entries)

Shots/Entry

Controlled Entries

Shots (From Control)

Shots/ Controlled

% With Control

2

Pardy

0

0

N/A

0

0

N/A

N/A

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

3

2

0.67

3

2

0.67

100%

9

Kane

14

6

0.43

9

3

0.33

64%

12

Jokinen

3

1

0.33

0

0

N/A

0%

14

Peluso

1

0

0.00

0

0

N/A

0%

15

Halischuk

4

4

1.00

2

3

1.50

50%

16

Ladd

8

1

0.13

6

1

0.17

75%

18

Little

3

0

0.00

1

0

0.00

33%

19

Slater

2

0

0.00

0

0

N/A

0%

26

Wheeler

6

4

0.67

3

4

1.33

50%

27

Tangradi

2

0

0.00

1

0

0.00

50%

33

Byfuglien

3

0

0.00

2

0

0.00

67%

39

Enstrom

2

0

0.00

0

0

N/A

0%

40

Setoguchi

2

0

0.00

2

0

0.00

100%

44

Bogosian

2

1

0.50

0

0

N/A

0%

67

Frolik

1

0

0.00

1

0

0.00

100%

JETS

58

19

0.33

30

13

0.43

52%

OPP

61

38

0.62

33

25

0.76

54%

OZF

15

7

0.47

DZF

12

0

0.00

Observations

  • The Jets problem in this game was not directly the neutral zone play.  After all, they managed to get the puck into the Kings zone close to the same number of times as it came back and they carried it in more often than not.  The problem arose with what each team was able to do once they actually got the puck into the zone.  The Kings cycled, moved the puck, and created shots and chances.  The Jets…did not. To say they were lacking chemistry and fluency throughout their lineup would be an understatement, but you can’t take anything away from a solid Kings team defensively.
  • Apparently I need to say this again. Kane and Jokinen do not work together.  Byfuglien didn’t help much either.  Kane is way too fast and just plays too differently from either player for that line to work.  Even on the goal they produced, Kane was in on the play way before Jokinen was.  They were just able to capitalize on a bit of a breakdown in front of the net.  Maurice eventually realized the lines weren’t working as the game went on, and tried to swap Byfuglien and Wheeler.  That’s great, but Kane has sown in the past that he simply cannot be productive when he is with Olli Jokinen. Separate them Paul. Separate them now.
  • Need more proof? Despite Evander’s team leading 14 entries throughout the game, that line was the worst possession line on the team. I’m honestly not even sure how that is possible.
  • The Ladd – Little – Wheeler grouping ended up looking like they did early on this year.  A decent number of entries, but production only coming from one of the trio.  That player of course was Blake Wheeler, who strangely was then removed from the other two in an attempt to shake things up.  I think this further exemplifies my thoughts on this coaching decision.
  • Similar to the top two lines, the Jets third line was stuck working with only one effective player.  Shockingly, it wasn’t usually reliable Michael Frolik.  Matt Halischuk of all people had a decent game, but I think the miniscule production and horrid possession stats for the Halischuk – Frolik – Setoguchi line make it a full sweep of “what the eff were you think?” in regards to these lines.  There was no chemistry whatsoever the whole way through.

Pavelec Performance

The Jets poor possession numbers led to a LOT of Kings shots throughout the game.  Pavelec handled himself pretty well throughout the night, but I’m hesitant to go as far as some and say he was “spectacular”.  Regardless he has played well recently, so credit where credit is due.  Let’s see how long he can maintain it this time.

Goal

Situation

Why It Went In

Where It Went

1

Average Play (Controlled ZE)

Beat “Clean”

Five Hole

2

Turnover

Beat Clean

Glove Hand

3

Penalty Kill

Beat Clean (Pavelec)

Blocker Side

Quick Explanations


That was a heck of a pass by Jarret Stoll, but no five-hole goal is ever a “good” five-hole goal. You have to squeeze the pads.       

Ewwwww Toby, that was bad.  There is no real forgiving of that turnover, but it’s a situation that you really wish your goalie could bail you out.  I know it’s hard to ask more of Pavelec in games like this one, but an elite goaltender is able to make that huge save following a defenders mistake.  We don’t see it often from Pav at all. Most of his “big” saves come following his recovery from poor positioning.


Usually, I’ll admit I wouldn’t put this one so heavily on Pavelec. My problem with it was that he had literally been beaten clean blocker side twice before that, with both shots going clean off the posts.  It was pointed out early and often throughout the broadcast that the Kings were aiming high. There’s a reason for that. Pavelec’s blocker side is horrible.

Things to Watch For

The Jets take on the Ottawa Senators Saturday afternoon at the MTS Centre, as they look to try to climb themselves back within a point of the final playoff spot.  Here are some things to watch for heading into that game:

  1. What are the lines going to look like?  If they all stay the same, I’m not going to be happy.  If I were Maurice, I would try to keep a little consistency and put the Ladd- Little – Frolik line back together.  That moves Frolik back to the wing, and the Jets being really short with their centers means John Albert would get into the lineup.  I’d put Kane and Byfuglien with him, then put Olli Jokinen and Devin Setoguchi with whomever Paul wants.  That’s just me though.  Maurice seemed to really like Frolik at center, so I am thinking he will stay put.
  2. Does Pavelec start in net? Probably. Maurice rides the “hot” goalie.
  3. Will he regret it? Yes, yes he will.  Playing Pavelec too much will lead to a heavy drop off. It’s coming soon. I guarantee it.

Final Thought

Looking for a reason to unfairly hate Bettman? California is the home to three hockey teams. All three of those hockey teams are pretty damn good right now. Bet he did that just to smite the Jets. What a jerk. 

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#1 Jeanm3
March 09 2014, 01:57PM
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Timely guarantee re: Pav.

I hope two losses is enough for Maurice to make some lineup changes incl. Montoya, O'Dell, Buff back to D.

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#2 X
March 10 2014, 08:54AM
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Jeanm3 wrote:

Timely guarantee re: Pav.

I hope two losses is enough for Maurice to make some lineup changes incl. Montoya, O'Dell, Buff back to D.

Hope springs eternal but on Buff I think it would take 3+ blueline injuries before we see that. :(

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