Systems Analysis: What is tracking "above" the puck?

Kevin McCartney
October 11 2013 08:23PM

In the aftermath of the Jets crashing in Minnesota, Claude Noel's comments remain the most pertinent data on the black box. We heard a lot about effort and chemistry and the phrase 'just have to' from on-lookers (including those wearing the Polar Night blues). Noel's post-game had more interesting commentary, but focused on faceoffs and the role of defensive zone board battles in creating possession up the ice. We know from the zone-entry data that that wasn't where things went off the rails for the Jets. They had more entries than the Wild did - they got the puck out and up the ice often. But a low percentage of entries came with control, and obviously very few shots were created from those entries. Somewhere in the neutral zone and offensive zone, the Jets' possession play ran out of gas.

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BOTCHED

Brian Sutherby
October 11 2013 06:48PM

The dressing room is supposed to be a safe place for players. That is said time and again between coaches and players. Things that are said or happen between those walls stay between those walls.

Joe Thornton is making headlines today, for a comment he directed in a humorous way at a scrum of reporters that were interviewing another player. He was not being interviewed himself. He said something sarcastic about scoring four goals in one game and what he would do to celebrate.

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JGD 5: Playing for pride

Kevin McCartney
October 11 2013 03:19PM

The Stars haven't been there in a while either

Usually, playing for pride is reserved for after a team is eliminated from playoff contention. With a 2-2-0 record, the Jets' season is far from over. But in this case, the Jets have turned in two shame-worthy performances in a row and been outshot 61-26 in first periods, and 138 to 93 total through four games. In the second game of a Divisional back-to-back, the team is playing to avoid that awkward interview at the end and for some personal pride going into next week.

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Game 4 @ Minnesota: Scoring Chances

Travis Hrubeniuk
October 11 2013 12:36PM

I really do apologize for this. I’ll warn you now, it’s not pretty for the most of the Jets and I really hope those of you going to the game against Dallas tonight get a bit of a better show. The Jets were outplayed for the majority of the game, and the chance count definitely reflects that.

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Game 4 @ Minnesota: Pavelec and Entries

Travis Hrubeniuk
October 11 2013 12:55AM

My goodness that was ugly. 

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