December 23 2013 11:20AM
If you ever wanted to pick out a game in particular to highlight the questionable decision making of Claude Noel, this was it. Poor decision followed by poor decision likely cost the Jets at least a point in this game, and I personally am getting sick of it. Changes need to be made.
December 22 2013 10:23PM
I went public with my criticisms of Chris Tanev earlier today, and even reveled on the twitter when he was caught in no-man's land on the Jets powerplay goal. Well, Tanev's third period clapper was the difference in a 2-1 loss that could have gone either way after the Jets survived a slanted 1st period.
Point taken, Chris.
December 22 2013 03:54PM
The Vancouver Province newspaper is trolling Jets fans on twitter today in a manner that fits the Canucks' personality so perfectly. I'm sure if you mention politely that it's probably a bit below them, they'll take a dive and file for libel, so watch yourselves Jets fans.
In all seriousness, the Canucks have corrected a number of their early season struggles, and Tortorella has ended a lot of the 'game within the game' buffoonery the Canucks were once known for around the league. In the case of Kesler, Torts has convinced him to play hockey again and the result is that he's back on track to be a 35 goal scorer. Now the two teams have a great deal in common, including a massive drop-off in talent from the top half of their respective rosters to the bottom half, such that structure and goaltending are the primary differences.
December 20 2013 10:33PM
The very first shift ended fears that the Jets were going to roll over in this game. Evander Kane threw a punishing hit, and the Jets new look second line picked up where they left off - with offensive pressure and slick scoring chances. Kane aggrivated the Panthers, the powerplay scored two, and the Jets never backed down in a high-emotion affair. Somehow confidence abounded on the struggling club as 10 different Jets recorded points in team's first home win in regulation since November 8th.
December 20 2013 12:45PM
Photo by Dan Bodenstein
It's game two against Florida this month. The first, a 5-2 loss in Sunrise, left fans reeling with a potent cocktail of frustration, anger, and shame. In fact, a December schedule seemingly designed to get the Jets back on track has yielded just three wins and 5 losses thanks to unexpected losses to the Panthers and Sabres. A game under .500, the Jets sit above only Calgary and Edmonton in the Western Conference standings and fans are starting to look to the future of this club.
Even if Jets fans aren't delusional about the quality of this club, another loss to the lowly Panthers would surely cut deep.