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.
November 25 2013 04:00PM
This season The Jets have hired Sports Psychologist and Life Coach, Dr. Gary Barnard to help focus and motivate the team. We’re fortunate enough to have been granted access to these closed-door meetings. Here is the transcript for Dr. Gary’s session with the team for this road trip.
November 25 2013 01:59AM
There has been a 2-1/2 year debate raging among Jets fans and pundits about whether Ondrej Pavelec or the team's less than stellar defence is the cause of the team's inflated goals against. This season, I've been paying close attention to the context of every goal scored against the Jets, as well as the location of the goals in the hopes of providing new insight into that debate.
Today, we look at the results and my interpretation at the 25 game mark of the season.