November 04 2013 09:33PM
A stunning performance by the Jets exposed the thinning depth of the injury ravaged Red Wings. Winnipeg owned the puck against the league's defining possession team, controlled the neutral zone, and drove to the crease. It looked like a brand new Jets team at times.
November 04 2013 12:31PM
Time ruins all things.
The Winged Wheel will skate at the MTS Centre tonight. It's an exciting group to watch as one of only a few clubs to hold out against the most recent 'Turn to Grit' we've seen since the success of Boston and LA. While much of the league is hunting for Milan Lucic, trying to win some psychological war, and filling their depth with the young and cheap, Detroit continues to develop players slowly and instill a puck centric mentality.
It's a small, old group with outstanding puck support and possession. Even on a night in which the Jets are likely to lose, try to enjoy watching a system that refuses to give up the puck, and the aging stars that make it possible.
November 04 2013 01:58AM
For the second time this year I’m able to present the Jets scoring chances following a game that produced results greatly affected by the score. Unlike the game against the Blues early last week, the twitter-despair was completely accurate in explaining how terrible this game really was for the Jets from the second period onwards. Regardless, here are the chances from Saturday’s matchup against the ‘Hawks.
November 04 2013 01:55AM
There’s only really one word that can sum up this game for me. Outclassed.
November 03 2013 05:33PM
Loyal readers of the blog will know that I don't think much of James Wright as an NHL player. In the summer, I wrote that he alone was an example of how Claude Noel had impeded his team's chances at the playoffs. More recently, I looked at a single shift of Wright's to examine his constant mental errors.
Last season, every bit of evidence we could muster told us James Wright was not an NHL player, underscored by the fact that he was dead last on the team in corsi (shot attempts) stats. As of today, James Wright is second among regulars on the team in shot attempt numbers while the score is close, and 11th (AKA not last) in five on five play.
Despite zero points and just 13 shots on goal through 15 games, James Wright might be playing his best hockey of his career. Is it enough?