October 17 2011 09:40PM
First win! First win! The Jets are back! The Jets are back!
It was a game I don't think many people in the hockey world expected Winnipeg to win, but they struck with two first period goals and held on for a thrilling 2-1 win over Marc-André Fleury and the Pittsburgh Penguins in what was a terrific hockey game with some good chances at both ends.
-Alexander Burmistrov was by far the best player on the ice Monday night. Claude Noel had him out for the last shift, and he nearly sealed it after creating a late shorthanded breakaway. When the dust settled, he managed a +8 Corsi rating and a +9 Fenwick, being the highest forward in the game. In the first period he looked like a hog on the puck, refusing to give up any control. Despite the arena hosts giving it to Pavelec, I thought that Burmistrov deserved the first star on the night.
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.