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JNGD.R2G2 Flight Plan: Jets Aim For Better Play But Same Result

Having accomplished the mission of take a game on the road in Nashville, the Winnipeg Jets now set their sights on game two where they hope to play at least a little bit better than they did in the first game and take a commanding 2-0 lead heading back home.

Winnipeg Jets
@
Nashville Predators

Round Two – Game Two
Jets lead series 1-0

April 29, 2018 – Puck drop: 6:00 PM CST
Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
TV: CBC, MSNBC – Radio: TSN 1290

What did the Jets do right in game one?

They won. Ultimately that’s what matters. How they won was less than ideal in giving up 48 shots, but there were positives for the Jets to build off of. For one, a lot of those shots came from distance as the Jets did a decent job preventing high danger scoring chances and really limiting rebounds and second chance opportunities. On the offensive end, the Jets capitalized on the handful of opportunities they got. Two of their goals were scored within the five foot area around the Preds goal and the third goal was a snipe from Scheifele in the slot area which is exactly where the Jets want to tee off on Pekka Rinne.

What did the Predators do wrong in game one?

They didn’t score. They pretty much did everything else right, and the Predators aren’t wrong when they say that if they continue to play like they did in game one, they should have a great chance to win those games each time, but that thought process can conclude one of two ways… Either you played exactly the way you wanted and should be ok for game two which implies that you just need better luck, or you took your best shot against a team that wasn’t at it’s best and it wasn’t enough. The Preds had lots of shots, but outside of the post hit in the second period while they were on the power play they didn’t really create anything that Connor Hellebuyck and Jets defense couldn’t ultimately handle.

How do the Predators win game two?

They do need to find a way to get to rebounds, scrambles around the net and in general make life a lot tougher for Hellebuyck in goal. Easier said than done as the Jets have done well to limit such chaos in front of their goal. Defensively in their own end, they can’t give up the middle of the ice as that’s where the Jets will absolutely destroy a team with their offense. If Nashville watched game film of how the Wild defended the Jets attack in the first round, they certainly didn’t follow that game plan. Limit the jets to shots from the perimeter and try and give Rinne a clear lane to see the shots come in.

How do the Jets win game two?

Where the Jets need to be better for game two is in their zone exits out of their own end and entries into the Predators side of the ice. Turnovers were an issue for this team and going forward they will need to get better there. They are also going to have to do a lot better in their 50-50 puck battles as well as face-offs. Winning in both of these areas will certainly go a long way in helping the Jets cut down the amount of shots the Predators will get in a game.

Oh and not that it’s completely in their control, but drawing a penalty or two would be helpful as well. The Jets didn’t have a single power play in game one as the Predators somehow played the cleanest game ever despite all the little hooks and holds and pick plays you may have think you saw.

What others are saying…

The Predators aren’t worried and neither is Alex Daugherty of On The Forecheck

All of us realize that putting up 48 shots in regulation is most certainly going to lead to more wins than losses in the long run—and over the course of a best-of-7 series—but it doesn’t make the loss any easier to bear.

By the way, what’s the precedence here? Since 1990, only 10 teams have put up 48 shots or more in a regulation-length playoff game and still lost.

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 76.5#23 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 81.9#6 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 81.4#4 RW

Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 76.8#19 LW

Paul Stastny
PAUL STASTNY

Rating: 75.7#39 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 83.8#2 RW

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 70.5#107 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 73.5#68 C

Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 72.6#62 RW

Jack Roslovic
JACK ROSLOVIC

Rating: 72.7#57 LW

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 73.6#65 C

Matt Hendricks
MATT HENDRICKS

Rating: 68.4#135 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 74.6#27 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 78.4#14 RD

Tobias Enstrom
TOBIAS ENSTROM

Rating: 72.3#61 LD

Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN

Rating: 81.1#6 RD

Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 71.6#86 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 76.0#23 RD

GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 75.8#12 G1

Steve Mason
STEVE MASON

Rating: 71.8#37 G2

Nashville Predators Lines

LW C RW
Filip Forsberg
FILIP FORSBERG

Rating: 81.9#6 LW

Ryan Johansen
RYAN JOHANSEN

Rating: 75.4#44 C

Viktor Arvidsson
VIKTOR ARVIDSSON

Rating: 77.2#17 RW

Kevin Fiala
KEVIN FIALA

Rating: 75.7#27 LW

Kyle Turris
KYLE TURRIS

Rating: 74.7#50 C

Craig Smith
CRAIG SMITH

Rating: 75.5#30 RW

Colton Sissons
COLTON SISSONS

Rating: 73.5#66 LW

Nick Bonino
NICK BONINO

Rating: 73.4#69 C

Austin Watson
AUSTIN WATSON

Rating: 72.8#60 RW

Calle Jarnkrok
CALLE JARNKROK

Rating: 72.5#63 LW

Mike Fisher
MIKE FISHER

Rating: 71.1#126 C

Miikka Salomaki
MIIKKA SALOMAKI

Rating: 69.2#123 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Roman Josi
ROMAN JOSI

Rating: 81.6#1 LD

Ryan Ellis
RYAN ELLIS

Rating: 81.2#5 RD

Mattias Ekholm
MATTIAS EKHOLM

Rating: 78.8#4 LD

P.K. Subban
P.K. SUBBAN

Rating: 81.5#3 RD

Alexei Emelin
ALEXEI EMELIN

Rating: 70.1#118 LD

Matt Irwin
MATT IRWIN

Rating: 69.4#101 RD

GOALIES
Pekka Rinne
PEKKA RINNE

Rating: 79.1#5 G1

Juuse Saros
JUUSE SAROS

Rating: 72.2#32 G2

Gameday Predicition

The Preds for all their bravado, confidence and ‘don’t worry, we got this’ talk after game one, likely realize that game two is absolutely critical for them to win. Somehow, someway they do and even up the series. Predators win 4-1.