After all was said and done, that didn’t turn out as bad as many of us thought it would.
Despite icing a lineup that – save for one forward line and one defensive pair – was laced with AHL level talent at best, and facing an Oilers lineup that was 75% of their expected NHL roster the Jets did relatively well.
A couple of old themes from last season did rear their ugly head in the game – mainly needless penalties and poor special teams play and it got the Jets into a 1-0 hole midway through the first period after Justin Schultz scored on a 5 on 3 power play.
The teams played even through the second period, and after a Jordan Eberle power play goal less than two minutes into the third period, it seemed as though the Jets hopes were sunk.
But the Jets got a little life after some nice work to keep the puck in the Oilers zone resulted in a Ben Chariot blast finding it’s way to the back of the net. ten minutes or so later, an Adam Lowry snap shot from the slot found it’s target high on Oilers goalie Cam Talbot and we had a tie game that looked destined to be settled in overtime until Matt Hendricks was able to get enough forward momentum on a whiffed penalty shot chance against Eric Comrie who had already bitten hard on a leg kick fake move.
They did play that 3 on 3 overtime anyway and nothing was settled in that extra frame.
Special Teams Not That Special: Again, don’t look too much into this because this is far from the lineup you’ll see opening night – Jay Harrison is an OK player, but he’s not someone you put on a regular NHL power play shift right? That said, going 0 fer 7 is frustrating and the lack of puck movement was a cause for concern. Here is hoping we see more puck action and crisper passing when a roster of regular players is iced.
All About Burmistov: Playing his second game in as many nights, it looked like fatigue got the better of Alex as the night wore on, but overall he looked like a player that could be leaned on for more than just a 3rd line role. He backchecked well, hustled for loose pucks and handled the puck well when it was on his stick. It’s early yet, but he’s well on his way to being a very capable replacement for Michael Frolik’s role.
Other random Player Thoughts: Michael Hutchinson who played the first two periods of the game was ok, but also seemed more out of position than we’re used to seeing from him. He was still good, but just seemed a little more scrambly. – Thomas Raffl again looked pretty darn good and may play his way into an AHL spot. – Halfway through the game I wrote in my game notes: “Adam Pardy still causes my nerves to seize up every time he touches or even gets near a puck. I fully anticipate to either burst out with an “atta boy Adam” or a “damnit Adam what are you doing” and sometimes I end up doing both on the same shift.” – Eric Comrie would definitely benefit from a season in the AHL.
CHARTS AND STUFF
Jets Individual 5v5 individual statistics:
Individual scoring chances (iSC), shot attempt differential (Corsi +/-), non-blocked shot attempt differential (Fen +/-), and offensive zone face off as percentage of all non-neutral zone face-offs:
Shot attempt chart for all minutes:
The Moose did alright…