Game 64 vs. LA Kings: Scoring Chances & Observations

Travis Hrubeniuk
March 08 2014 12:51AM

Game 64 vs LAK

Chart via extraskater.com

Just a fair head up before you open this article, these numbers are about as ugly as you would expect them to be following a game like Thursday’s. I’m talking about as ugly as it gets. Probably by some players you like. But hey…enjoy!

Scoring Chances

-

Even Strength

PP/SH

Chance +/-

Player

For

Vs.

For

Vs.

-

Pardy

2

1

0

0

1

Stuart

1

8

0

4

-11

Ellerby

2

1

0

0

1

Trouba

1

9

0

4

-12

Kane

3

6

1

2

-4

Jokinen

2

7

0

2

-7

Peluso

0

0

0

0

0

Halischuk

1

3

0

3

-5

Ladd

2

5

0

0

-3

Little

2

5

0

0

-3

Slater

0

0

0

3

-3

Wheeler

2

3

1

1

-1

Tangradi

0

0

0

0

0

Byfuglien

3

10

0

0

-7

Enstrom

2

5

1

3

-5

Setoguchi

2

1

0

0

1

Bogosian

3

4

1

3

-3

Frolik

3

2

0

3

-2

-

Even Strength

PP/SH

Chance +/-

Player

For

Vs.

For

Vs.

-

Muzzin

4

2

4

0

6

Doughty

5

3

2

1

3

Richards

6

2

3

1

6

Kopitar

4

2

3

0

5

Gaborik

2

1

3

0

4

Clifford

1

1

0

0

0

Williams

2

1

3

1

3

Lewis

0

0

0

0

0

Brown

5

2

1

0

4

Voynov

9

2

2

1

8

Martinez

0

1

5

0

4

Stoll

4

3

1

0

2

Mitchell

1

2

0

0

-1

Regehr

9

2

1

0

8

Nolan

0

1

0

0

-1

Toffoli

6

1

3

1

7

King

5

2

1

0

4

Carter

7

2

3

0

8

Team

1st (ES)

2nd (ES)

3rd (ES)

Total (ES)

Winnipeg

2 (2)

3 (3)

2 (1)

7 (6)

Los Angeles

5 (3)

7 (6)

9 (5)

21 (14)

Observations

I warned you. The Jets put up a decent fight in the first, and forced the Kings to have to get in the lanes and block a few chances from being tallied.  Unfortunately, the Kings just got more and more dominant as the game went on.  The lone Jet power play was ineffective, the penalty kill was leaky… it was just an ugly game to watch if you were a Jets fan.  

I’m actually going to give a bit of credit to Jim Slater here.  Since he returned to the lineup the Jets fourth line has actually avoided being feasted on as much as they usually have been.  This game in particular, they were the only line out there to not have a chance against them.  To be fair, they don’t exactly face tough competition or generate any offence.  But in the past, things would get ugly.  Thanks for that, Jim!

Stuart and Trouba had a game to forget.  They were by far the Jets most dominated pairing.  This could have probably been predicted less than ten minutes into the game when CBC ‘celebrated’ the fact that Stuart had already blocked four shots.  Stu has played all right recently.  Could this be the start of his regression?

Here we can also find further proof that Dustin Byfuglien is pretty darn ineffective up front.  His possession and scoring chance numbers have gone into a serious tailspin ever since he was moved to forward.  Wasn’t the point of it to prevent the Jets from playing poor defence and giving up scoring chances? Yeah… that’s not going so well.

It really comes as no surprise that not only Byfuglien, but also his line mates in Kane and Jokinen were terrible as well.  I’m not sure what Maurice has seen in this line to make him think it’s worth keeping together.  It needs to change.  Kane and Jokinen do not work.

Michael Frolik is a heck of a player.  Despite some struggles with his entries, he was one of only two Jet forwards to finish the game in the positives in the scoring chance count.  I’m not sure I can support keeping him at center for too long while there are prospects in the waiting, but he did manage some positive output against the Kings.

Final Thought

The Jets are looking to avoid their third straight loss Saturday afternoon against the Sens. They currently sit three points out of the final wild card spot behind the Dallas Stars, and can’t risk falling further behind (or handing over more games in hand to) them if they wish to make the playoffs.  The Jets chances of making it have been falling quite steadily as the Stars continue to surge, making it more and more important that this losing streak comes to an end.

 

  

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