February 13 2013 11:36AM
The Jets dropped a tight one at home to the Flyers last night. The team may have deserved a better fate as they out-shot the Flyers by a slim margin and the duo of Montoya and Pavelec were unable to match Philly goaltender Bryzgalov. Coulda, shoulda, woulda.
What I liked about the game
- Alexander Burmistrov. Despite being a slim 6.01 at 180 lbs, he lead the Jets in hits on the night with 5 during his 16:01 of icetime. He was also 64% on the dot. Although he was a -1 and only generated one shot (and no points), he continues to impress me with his combination of skill and willingness to use his body. Is it possible he could morph into a 'Doug Gilmour Lite'- as a slight centreman with skill who doesn't mind getting his nose dirty?
February 12 2013 04:21PM
Well, the Jets defensive situation just got very interesting. With both Byfuglien and Bogosian set to return (Buff tonight against the Flyers, Bogo as early as Friday against Pittsburgh), Coach Noel is now being forced to make some tough decisions regarding who exactly is going to play on the blue line.
It's pretty safe to assume that Enstrom, Stuart, and Hainsey aren't leaving the lineup anytime soon. This means that Redmond, Clitsome, and Postma are the unknown variables.
February 12 2013 01:26PM
Every morning I have a ritual that my wife loves (sarcasm intended). When I eat my breakfast I crack open my iPad and make sure my fantasy hockey league lineup is set. This usually involves a quick trip to leftwinglock.com to ensure I have the correct goalies started.
I can assure you no one in my league has Al Montoya on their roster.
However, I wasn't surprised to see that Montoya was listed as the 'probable' starter (now confirmed) for tonight's game versus Philly . Pavelec is the team's starting netminder, but when both of your goaltenders have save percentages below .900, rolling with the hot-hand is a good idea- especially in a short season.
February 12 2013 09:08AM
Prior to becoming a candidate to become a writer for Jets Nation, I had my own blog and wrote for a few other sites. During that time, I never paid much attention to 'Advanced Stats' and felt they were overkill. Shortly before I shut down my blog I had started investigating advanced stats as I was looking for a better way to argue the merits of certain players. However, once my blog was no more, I stopped looking into different types of statistical analysis in regards to hockey. The lockout continued and my mind wandered to other endeavors.
February 11 2013 02:19PM
Nice to see the Jets beat Ottawa on Saturday. The game was a tad on the boring side, but I'll take boring hockey for 2 points any day. The bigger problem for me is that I'm in Vancouver, and for whatever reason, CBC decided to give us the Edmonton / Detroit game instead. Why they would think that people in BC would rather see the hated Oilers play the fading Red Wings over 2 Canadian teams is beyond me. Especially when one of which, the Jets, just happens to be generally well received by everybody across the Country.