JGD 31: Red Alert

Kevin McCartney
December 07 2013 03:58PM

Yeah, this is a real tesla coil engineered for the above tableau from the PC Game Command and Conquer: Red Alert.

The Jets are wrapping up their extrended road trip against a battered Tampa Bay squad. When healthy, the Lightning are the toughest competition on this Eastern Conference trip, but without Steven Stamkos, and now Victor Hedman, as well as 4 other starters, the Lightning are vulnerable.

Expectations were high for this road trip. Six winnable games were intended to put the team back in the playoff hunt. Instead, they're at risk of going .500 on one the easiest stretches in their schedule. The team structure has fallen apart on the road, and coaching decisions have brought us back to the usual frustrations of prioritizing results over process. The Jets have faced the backup goalie in 4 of the 6 matchups on this trip, showing just how much respect the rest of the league has for Winnipeg.

Currently 9 points back of Minnesota for the final Divisional playoff spot, the Jets are miles from competitive despite considerable top end talent. It should be Red Alert for this club, and the manager should be making some of the simple changes required to be commanding on the ice, and be conquerors in the East. Instead, we live in fear of the Tesla Coil.

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Friday Five-Hole: Dreams

Rhys Finnick
December 06 2013 10:12AM

Jets fans eagerly waiting in line to see their favorite team lose.

This weekly column looks to discuss a certain number of relevant Jets topics on a certain day of the week. That certain number? Five. That day of the week?Friday. Also, hole. This is the Friday Five-Hole.

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Jets Post-Game 30: Beer League

Kevin McCartney
December 05 2013 09:55PM

Speaking of Eastern Conference swings

The Jets looked an awful lot like a beer league squad tonight, from a lack of awareness is transition to extremely poor puck support to a wild two-hand chop of frustration on the final goal. It was every man for himself to the point of making a very young Florida team on its second coach look like the more structured club. 

The Jets badly missed having a third line (AKA Michael Frolik), but even shortening the bench to roughly two lines made very little difference. 

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JGD 30: Coming of Age

Kevin McCartney
December 05 2013 02:51PM

Photo from Winnipeg White Out

A return to Atlanta’s old stomping grounds seems like the perfect setting for a film about coming of age in a world of high expectations and delayed maturity. The Jets turn 30 today (sort of), and despite recent additions to the ‘W’ column, questions persist about whether the Jets are really turning a corner. I picture Maggie Gyllenhaal telling The Jet (the adapted Thrasher from the awful Guardian Project, obviously) that he needs to grow up at the very moment he is most confused about how. Cue the montage.

The pressing question for the Jets is one of process over results. This coach called a 15-shot game of give-away a ‘success’ in a game 3 loss to Minnesota. In game 29, the Jets’ coach was once again happy enough with the score that he didn’t want to pry into the process too much. An unlikely performance by a second line with Chris Thorburn on his off-wing overshadowed another tough game for Mark Stuart and Mark Scheifele, and created hope where it shouldn’t otherwise be.

Our protagonist is facing the ghosts of his past with an uncertain future. Will The Jet stop measuring himself against others and start trying to be his best version of himself??

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Game 29 @ NY Rangers: Pavelec and Entries

Travis Hrubeniuk
December 04 2013 07:06PM

The Jets “should they have won this game?” tour continued Monday night against the Rangers, as they managed to win their third game of the last four, maintaining the slim bit of hope left for Jets fans. Before heading into an almost guaranteed trap game against the Panthers we take one more look at how the Jets performed against the Blue Shirts in the neutral zone, and once again evaluate Ondrej Pavelec’s play.

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