October 01 2013 11:51PM
It was a game of individual efforts tonight, and no individual efforts were more obvious or more lacking than that of the goaltenders. The first goal of the game - a soft backhand by a waiver-wire 4th liner - was the beginning of a seemingly endless series of missed reads, under-glove holes, lost pucks, and lost angles.
Scheifele's heavy wrister from the off-wing found a tiny hole when Dubnyk lost his angle. A very poor gapping play by Nick Schultz gave Bryan Little the room to fumble the puck, get it back, and then put one through a too-deep Oilers netminder. Scoring in the first ended on a tipped powerplay goal and it started to feel like whoever could close the door first would win.
Shocking every person to have watched Ondrej Pavelec to that point in the game, the Jets' 'big-game goalie' had 3 big saves - enough to hold off the pressing Oiler stars.
October 01 2013 02:29PM
It's year three for the Jets 2.0, but somehow visiting Edmonton makes it feel like day one for me. A rivalry renewed by moving West. Day one. Game one. Jets - Oilers on the CBC. Remember this feeling for the next time someone asks what it means to be Canadian.
October 01 2013 12:27PM
Last week at work I found an old paperback discarded in the break-room. It was the Signet 1995-96 Hockey Almanac. Suddenly I was opening up a time capsule.
October 01 2013 10:55AM
The Nation Network is proud to officially announce an agreement to purchase DailyFaceoff.com, a leading fantasy hockey resource. Network traffic is expected to double to 30 million visitors and 75 million page views annually in the next 12 months as result.
October 01 2013 06:46AM
Game one between Winnipeg and Edmonton offers us an edu-taining systems battle. Without the puck, both teams use what is broadly called a 'swarm' system, but each team employs it very differently. Inside we'll talk about what a swarm is and why it's used, and then examine some practice video and still images to see if we can spot the differences in their systems play.