November 28 2013 11:53AM
Per usual we were asleep at the switch and didn't realize that November 17 marked the 6th birthday of the Nation Network. We can only imagine that this is foreshadowing to days where we will forget our wife's birthday and most of our children's names and birthdays as well. Sorry whomever you may be, we have a lot going on in this brain of ours* and sometimes things slip through the cracks.
November 27 2013 09:41PM
We learned a lot about the Jets on this Wednesday evening in Long Island. Against another poor Eastern Conference team, the Jets squeeked out a win on the back of three goals in 5 minutes, seemingly sentient goal posts, and Al Montoya.
Defenders chased, the fourth line stayed hemmed in the Jets end, and the team's third pairing was both a mess and required to create scoring for the Jets to get a 'W.' No doubt we will hear the empty phrase 'it's two points' uttered often as a sentence (already frustrating) and as a tautological defence of what we saw on the ice.
This road trip is important for the team in more ways than just climbing the standings. It's an opportunity to fix their game under less duress, and despite being 2-0-0 so far, progress has been lacking.
November 27 2013 02:30PM
"...and if you give me another nut today, I promise to start hoarding for the winter tomorrow."
The Jets played a game against New Jersey that has everyone saying 'they got two points' as though the way they got them isn't worth a conversation. In some ways, I guess discussing how a blind squirrel finds nuts becomes purely academic when it's no longer hungry. (Too harsh?)
Game days have an uneasy feeling in the Nation - happiness for a game at all, of course, but mixed with the faint terror that the team could force its players to use ringette sticks at any moment. The Jets' lack of consistency speaks to their lack of a game plan - a way to win they can execute game in and game out. We've watched the powerplay crumble, uneven performances from every player on the roster save Tobias Enstrom, and structures that make more sense in a video game. We've seen Pavelec's improved game, and yet the goal differential continues to go in the wrong direction.
The problem, of course, is that this blind squirrel is hungry again, and no one can know how it intends to find another nut.
November 25 2013 08:37PM
Where have we seen a shorthanded chance like this before?
The Jets ended a 4 game, week long winless streak in their second game against the Devils. Even better, Mark Scheifele scored his second of the season to end a 24 game streak without a goal, and Evander Kane got his 8th after 11 games of frustration. Even the empty net goal to seal the game at 3-1 was Setoguchi's 6th after 7 games without a marker.
Fans and the team itself are hoping this six-game road swing is the start of a new chapter in the season. An exorcism for three of the Jets' intended scoring forwards is the perfect way to kick things off.
November 25 2013 04:30PM
You might not believe this, but I found this image on someone's Pinterest.
The Jets have left Winnipeg and gone East to find themselves. We've all done it, and I think we all wished we had a plane full of hockey gear when we did. They're in a better place now, fans, away from the grind and the painful reminders of their degraded self-worth.
In the next six games, we can hope the Jets find what they're looking for - a functional powerplay, a game plan they can execute for three periods, and the rut in Mark Scheifele's skate that keeps making him fall.