November 13 2013 01:50PM
One of the principle caveats of covering a Team, in any sport, is the ability to watch them and translate into words what your eyes feed your brain. A fair requirement. Imagine, then, my (and potentially the boss') dismay at having only been able to catch about 5.5 periods of Winnipeg Jets Hockey so far this season. What kind of informed obseravtions can I offer? What sort of expert had I become?
A bad one. But it hasn't been for lack of effort. Of late, I've had the travel schedule of a shiftless hobo on the run from law enforcement juristictions, coast-to-coast.. I've been on the go, constantly, and seemingly, Jets games come and go just as quickly, often without my knowledge.
Recently, after yet another night of stumbling back to whatever Hotel room I was in, and seeing highlights of yet another Jets game that I had no idea had occured until that moment, I vowed to make a change. Time to get serious. Sure, I was on the road to work, but I simply had to take the time to watch more Hockey games. No excuses - this is serious business, watching Hockey games.
And as will happen when one puts their mind to positive use, things have improved since. I've caught (some of) a couple games on TV. I'm well aware of the drama surrounding Kane's healthy scratching and such. I'm not up to full speed yet, but I'm no longer ingnorant of the Team I'm supposed to write about, which is good news in my books. So, somewhat triumphantly, I present to you some Thoughts and Observations directly from my eye-brain feed.
November 13 2013 04:17AM
Starting October 6th against Anaheim, a two week stretch of exceptionally poor hockey gave fuel to the on-going debate about whether Head Coach Claude Noel will be fired in-season.
It was hardly the first time Jets' fans had considered the notion, as his roster management, special teams, and stubbornness have long needled at observers. But this year, the sports book Bodog ranked him 4th to be fired after just three games, and even the Edmonton Journal wrote about it after the first Chicago game.
Are three wins in a row enough to cool Noel's seat?
November 12 2013 09:36PM
The Jets have won three in a row for the first time this season. It certainly wasn't the convinving play we saw against Detroit 8 days ago, but a 4-2-0 record in the challenging early November schedule is worth celebrating.
Much of the game was played in the Jets' end, special teams continued to be a problem, and an acceptable first period slipped into a disasterous third. But on the back of Ondrej Pavelec's 41 saves, Bogosian's 1st goal of the year, and the shootout, the Jets have left the basement of the Central Division!
November 12 2013 12:00PM
Last week's matchup against this Detroit team was the first time the Jets showed promise this season. Sure, they had a few wins - even of the convincing sort. But a good team came to town and the Jets gave us reason to think they might actually avoid the basement of this Conference come April.
Since, the Jets have turned in another two unexpectedly thorough and well-organized wins and are a game ahead of the count so far in November.
Tonight's game is an important moment in proving the team has turned a corner, that it's not just their usual 'snakes and ladders' routine. Can they repeat their strong performance against Detroit?
November 12 2013 12:08AM
This was a game the Jets really did deserve to win. They were in control of things for the majority of the time, and a different result really would have been heartbreaking. They managed to pull it out though against a team that has been fantastic in puck possession throughout most of the season.