November 23 2013 05:09PM
The Wild came out flat for a Saturday afternoon contest north of the border. The Jets have done poorly in their typical game preparation of late, but jumped on the Wild early in this one to the tune of a 14-4 shot lead, and a 5-0 lead in scoring chances through 20 minutes.
A 17 minute break was all the Wild needed to fix things, however, and by three minutes into the second frame, the Wild had rested control away from the Jets. Mistakes piled up, turnovers mounted, and the Jets infuriating powerplay was beaten for their fourth shorthanded goal against to send the game to extra time and eventually the skills competition.
It was another object lesson in taking what is given in the Western Conference, in the need to execute on the chances you get.
November 23 2013 03:54PM
Another match-up against the Blackhawks, another night spent watching the Jets getting dominated. Things in the neutral zone were relatively close though, meaning a lot of the game would come down to effort and execution in the offensive/defensive zone.
November 23 2013 05:02AM
The Jets face the rival Wild for the second time this week, third time in the regular season, and fourth time since training camp. We know the script by now. A pair of 2-1 losses has sunk the team's all-time record against the Wild a game below .500, coincidentally where the team sits in the standings of the 2013/14 season.
It's good news, bad news with these Jets. Up and down, one step forward and two back. Whatever you want to call it, even Claude Noel ruminated in front of the press yesterday that it has been like this for 2-1/2 years. It seems unlikely to reverse course against the stifling Wild.
Played on a Saturday afternoon, this game has that last day before holidays feel. Next week the team goes on the road to New Jersey, Long Island, and Philadelphia. December includes games against Edmonton, Florida, and Buffalo (twice!). One more boring, frustrating, futile contest and the Jets are free of perhaps the toughest 3 weeks in their season schedule.
November 22 2013 08:24PM
Claude Noel speaks to media most days, answering the tough, well considered questions like "GET BETTER!" and "WHY???????" It's the 15 minutes a day where I really feel for the guy.
We've listened to Noel ask the media what they want from him, and ask rhetorically what he can do with the 12 forwards he was given. But today's conference included a whole new level of bizarre.
November 22 2013 06:10PM
After a mostly poor showing in his first three NHL games this season, Zach Redmond has been re-assigned to the AHL IceCaps. His surprising but brief debut a year ago left many with high hopes for his season, but contract considerations and injury kept him off the NHL roster and off the ice for most of the year.
The move comes after Mark Stuart successfully took part in today's physical practice and was cleared by trainers for the game against Minnesota Saturday afternoon.
Is Redmond's opportunity over?