December 17 2013 09:24PM
Will this be the Jets' Last Supper?
Of course the lowest scoring team since 1967 expansion scored 4 against the Jets to win in regulation for the first time since November 15th. And naturally, the Jets became over-confident while winning 2-0 and down in the shot count 19-10 and in the Fenwick count 26-12. It only makes perfect sense that they lost the faceoff battle (badly) to a team with Cody Hodgson, former winger Tyler Ennis, former winger Steve Ott, former winger Marcus Foligno, and former winger Ville Leino taking draws.
December 17 2013 03:50PM
The challenge for fans this season will be managing all five stages of the grief process. Some remain in denial, including looking at a 'healthy' depth chart as though that team was great, or prattling on about 'consistency.' For others, that ended after the Florida game, or perhaps after seeing Thorburn against Western conference teams. There was some yelling, about Kane, about Thorburn, about the coach and Mark Stuart and Pavelec, but always against the futility of being a fan of a team that makes irrational and indefensible choices.
Elliot Friedman's recent focus on the Jets perhaps marks the end to the 'Anger' stage of dealing with the grief of this season. His take that the Jets simply weren't ready for the West is more depression inducing than excuse-making. Really? They didn't know they'd have to play structured hockey in the West? Why weren't they playing structured hockey in the East?
The Jets woke up this morning with another win in the bag, but I, for one, am done believing they can make anything out of this season, and similarly done being mad at Noel and Cheveldayoff for the mess. For me, the period between the Florida game and last night was the Depression phase, and I considered never watching a Jets game again.
I'm on to 'Bargaining,' and I know that because I would give just about anything to see a Jets game where they weren't out-coached. 'Maybe Peter Laviolette could be the Febreeze air freshener in this parked car full of garbage of a team,' I tell myself.
Something tells me this Buffalo game will tell us a lot about where people are at in their grief phase.
December 17 2013 10:41AM
The Jets won another game against a weak Eastern Conference opponent Monday night, and will look to go for two in a row tonight against the Sabres. Despite what could have been a dominating performance, the dump and chase style deployed by Claude Noel limited the Jets opportunities and zone time.
December 17 2013 10:36AM
Chart via ExtraSkater.com
Hey look everyone! I’m back! That’s totally why the Jets won this game. Seriously. It has nothing to do with Evander Kane being back in the lineup. Or, at least that’s how the Jets broadcasters would like to see it. Because why would we want to give the guy any credit at all?
December 16 2013 09:20PM
If you got stuck in traffic on the way home from work, then maybe had to play with the cat a little bit because he's been inside alone all day and is a bit ansty, then quickly made yourself a couple pizza pops before turning on the Jets game and only managed to catch the third period, you watched a really exciting game.
If you saw the whole thing, well...at least they won.