Jets Nation Recap: Horrendous Road Trip Ends With Bad Loss In Nashville

So that was awful. Very awful. Beyond awful. So awful that it may make Jets fans sick to their stomach. The Winnipeg Jets ended their season long five-game road trip by getting spanked 5-1 by the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. The Jets went 0-5 on this trip while getting outscored 20-6. Yikes!!

Game Notes:

  • The game started rather OK. Dustin Byfuglien opened the scoring late in the first period as his point shot went off a Nashville defender and fooled Pekka Rinne. The Jets even outshot the Preds 9-8 in the opening frame. There were actual signs of hope.
  • The second period crushed all hopes. Colin Wilson was left all alone at the side of the net as Buff screwed up on the defensive zone coverage, which left Wilson to easily finish a lovely feed from Mike Fisher to equalize. Just over a minute later Ryan Johansen’s power play marker gave the Predators the lead for good.
  • A terrible boarding penalty by Brandon Tanev gave the Preds a five minute power play. The Jets did have chances shorthanded but couldn’t capitalize. The Preds got a break late in the power play as James Neal’s shot went off a clueless Mark Stuart’s stick and into the net. The Jets never recovered.
  • The Preds scored twice more in the third as the Jets were clearly frustrated and started taking stupid penalties. Wilson and Johansen each scored their second of the game while the Jets were left slack-jawed and embarrassed.
  • We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Chris Thorburn and Mark Stuart should not be on this team. Yes, they are great guys off the ice but they’re just not cutting it on the ice. Simply put, there are players in this organization (Chase De Leo for one) who deserve to be on this team ahead of them. Your only as strong as your weakest link. Stu and Thorbs are very weak.
  • This wasn’t Big Buff’s finest performance. Even though he did score the Jets lone goal, he was responsible for two Predator goals and at times he looked lost and tired. Toby Enstrom didn’t play due to a family emergency which meant more minutes for Buff. Clearly, the Jets missed Enstrom and his return can’t come soon enough.
  • Kyle Connor returned to the lineup after missing five games with an upper body injury. However, thanks to power plays and a lopsided scoreline, Connor only had 9:59 of ice time, the least among all the Jets. I’d like to see Connor with Nikolaj Ehlers again as those two had some chemistry earlier in the season. Make it happen Paul Maurice.

Hot Taeks:

There are plenty of them. 

Charts And Stuff:

All charts courtesy hockeystats.ca

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GIF Of The Night:

This describes most Jets fans right now.

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  • FishWhiskey

    What will it take for we Jets fans to stop kidding ourselves.

    Paul Maurice is not the coach to take this team to the next level. Much like Stu and Thorbs, he is a nice guy but he has a 19 year record of mediocrity and shows no signs of evolving into a better coach.

    The movie has played out the same way for every team he has coached. His “system” kills goalies and his stern but patient fatherly presence behind the bench does not make up for his inability to master winning strategy’s or consistently get the best from his teams. Hello, it’s a 19 year pattern.

    Shoot the messenger if you please but Emperor PoMo has no clothes.

  • Paul from NZ

    I looked up the nhl goaltenders stats last night after the game to see where our two apprentices were on that list… Conclusion; if no one emerges the Jets will need to bring in a number one goalie.

    Injuries are off the charts and disciplined play is starting to slide again in the face of frustrations…

    The assessment of the forward lines depth chart continues… and the blender remains running on a high setting…

    I’d start looking behind the bench this time next year if the song remains the same for the club, though I hear ya’ frustrations @fishwhiskey.