October 17 2011 10:30AM
The only good thing about the scuffling start the Jets have posted is that it's thrown the flaws of the team into a stark enough relief that even the cheerleaders have had to acknowledge the obvious. Giddiness over the return of the club, understandable as it might have been, appeared to obscure the fact that the team that moved north wasn't very good and that the roster hadn't been bolstered in any meaningful way.
October 16 2011 02:09PM
It is now well known that the Winnipeg Jets do not like home openers.
After losing the second one they were a part of this season Saturday night, they no longer have to be involved in one until next year.
A fact the Phoenix Coyotes can't really say for sure they will be a part of in Glendale next year.
But the 0-3 Jets haven't shown much in the category of awe and wonder when it comes to play on the ice.
October 16 2011 02:07PM
One week into the NHL season and there are already a ton of items on Lowetide's agenda this week. Arena talk in Edmonton, Luongo's early season struggles in Vancouver and a detailed look at the Oilers' AHL affiliate in Oklahoma.
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October 16 2011 01:03PM
So a rough two-game road trip results in 4-3 and 4-1 losses to Chicago and Phoenix, respectively. Let's give credit where credit is due and say that Phoenix had a pretty good atmosphere for their home opener. Lots of duelling chants were heard on TV and a lot of passion in that building.
So, six thoughts on the last two games...
-I really like how Byfuglien jumps up into the play and can be an extra forward on many occasions. When he jumps forward into the play, he's often the best shooter up there. The problem thus far with Byfuglien is that he's really been shut down and it only looks like he's got one or two good shots away thus far in the season. Worth noting however that he is the only defenseman to ever crack 300 shots in a season, and he didn't really start going until seven games in last year (scored his first goal in Game Five) so it's a matter of "trust the process" for him.
October 16 2011 09:18AM
Well, after a couple of weeks of research and organizing and sorting, we got six basic standard "player types" that are sorted between "high- and low-event" players that I'll be using for a little bit more of my analysis on the Nations.
If you missed it, those six player types are: