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JNGD.R3G3 Flight Plan: In For Vegas Two Times

Going on the road and getting W’s hasn’t seemed to be an issue as of late for the Winnipeg Jets as they won three of four in a very hostile Nashville arena leading to a series win over the Predators. Now the Jets will have to take at least one of the next two in Las Vegas which may not have the volume or sing-song chanting that Nashville features, but you can sure bet the pre-game show will be all sorts of fantastic.

Winnipeg Jets
@
Vegas Golden Knights

Western Conference Finals – Game Three
Series tied 1-1

May 16, 2018 – Puck drop: 8:00 PM CST
T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, NV
TV: CBC, NBCSN, TVAS – Radio: TSN 1290

The Rundown…

What did the Jets do wrong in game two?

Many stated that this was finally a case of game seven fatigue setting in for the Jets who were still in ‘game seven mode’ for game one of this series and couldn’t possibly keep up that level of play on through the next game after. They were off with their passing, they didn’t skate as well as we’ve seen them do in previous playoff games and there may have been a bit of a case where Marc-Andre Fluery’s strong play in net was getting in their heads where the Jets felt they needed to make the perfect play to get the exact right shot on MAF. Hopefully Kyle Connor’s wing and a prayer goal mid-way through the third period served as a bit of a reminder to the Jets that pucks on net is never that bad a play.

What did the Knights do right in game two?

Basically played the same way in game two that they did in the latter half of game one. The skated better and used their speed to force the Jets into mistakes that they then took advantage of. Basically a four minute stretch of hockey in the first period where the Jets fell apart a bit and Vegas pounced. From there they took a page from the Predators book of playing with a lead against the Jets and didn’t give Winnipeg any room to skate – again, not that Winnipeg was helping matters much themselves by their inability to skate.

How do the Knights win game three?

Get a lead, lock things down. It’s starting to become a pattern in these playoffs but it’s the truth. You can’t fall into the trap of fire-wagon type hockey with the Jets because there may be one or two teams in the league that could hope to match them and both of them are playing in the East Conference Final. Vegas had it right in game two: Get the lead off of Jets mistakes and then play the rest of the game as evenly as possible and wait for more mistakes as they happen.

How do the Jets win game three?

So now that they’ve got the crummy, lazy, non-skating, too-much-passing game out of the way, they can get back to playing more Jets-like hockey. They don’t even need to worry about getting that all important first goal as long as they skate better and stop over-thinking their attack on Fleury. Also, a goal from either Nik Ehlers or Adam Lowry wouldn’t hurt at this point. They are so overdue, it isn’t funny.

What Others Are Saying…

SinBin.Vegas points out that Vegas earned their game two victory largely based on the fact that they didn’t give the Jets what they wanted

From the 11 minute mark of the 1st period to the dying seconds of the 2nd, the Golden Knights dictated the game. In the final 10 minutes of the 1st, Winnipeg attempted just two shots and neither made it to Fleury. In the 2nd, Vegas came out quick and instantly drew a penalty. Then, aside from one great chance that hit the post, every time Winnipeg had the puck they couldn’t create anything truly dangerous. In the 2nd period, they attempted 24 shots but just eight got through. They entered the zone rather easily, cycled the puck at will, and took many shots, but hardly ever were able to get to the puck where they truly wanted it.

Player ratings courtesy Corsica.Hockey

Winnipeg Jets Lines

LW C RW
Kyle Connor
KYLE CONNOR

Rating: 76.6#23 LW

Mark Scheifele
MARK SCHEIFELE

Rating: 82.8#6 C

Blake Wheeler
BLAKE WHEELER

Rating: 81.9#4 RW

Nikolaj Ehlers
NIKOLAJ EHLERS

Rating: 75.9#29 LW

Paul Stastny
PAUL STASTNY

Rating: 76.8#34 C

Patrik Laine
PATRIK LAINE

Rating: 83.1#3 RW

Brandon Tanev
BRANDON TANEV

Rating: 70.0#122 LW

Adam Lowry
ADAM LOWRY

Rating: 72.4#90 C

Bryan Little
BRYAN LITTLE

Rating: 72.6#65 RW

Mathieu Perreault
MATHIEU PERREAULT

Rating: 74.4#52 LW

Andrew Copp
ANDREW COPP

Rating: 71.0#138 C

Joel Armia
JOEL ARMIA

Rating: 72.2#70 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Josh Morrissey
JOSH MORRISSEY

Rating: 73.6#35 LD

Jacob Trouba
JACOB TROUBA

Rating: 78.0#14 RD

Tobias Enstrom
TOBIAS ENSTROM

Rating: 71.5#93 LD

Dustin Byfuglien
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN

Rating: 81.4#3 RD

Ben Chiarot
BEN CHIAROT

Rating: 71.6#89 LD

Tyler Myers
TYLER MYERS

Rating: 75.1#28 RD

GOALIES
Connor Hellebuyck
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK

Rating: 76.1#9 G1

Steve Mason
STEVE MASON

Rating: 71.8#38 G2

Vegas Golden Knights Lines

LW C RW
Jonathan Marchessault
JONATHAN MARCHESSAULT

Rating: 82.4#7 LW

William Karlsson
WILLIAM KARLSSON

Rating: 80.4#15 C

Reilly Smith
REILLY SMITH

Rating: 78.4#8 RW

James Neal
JAMES NEAL

Rating: 74.6#38 LW

Erik Haula
ERIK HAULA

Rating: 74.8#47 C

Tomas Tatar
TOMAS TATAR

Rating: 72.1#75 RW

Ryan Carpenter
RYAN CARPENTER

Rating: 71.8#81 LW

Cody Eakin
CODY EAKIN

Rating: 70.6#148 C

Alex Tuch
ALEX TUCH

Rating: 74.1#41 RW

Tomas Nosek
TOMAS NOSEK

Rating: 69.0#146 LW

Pierre-Édouard Bellemare
PIERRE-ÉDOUARD BELLEMARE

Rating: 69.7#164 C

Ryan Reaves
RYAN REAVES

Rating: 68.4#142 RW

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Brayden McNabb
BRAYDEN MCNABB

Rating: 73.5#38 LD

Nate Schmidt
NATE SCHMIDT

Rating: 76.6#15 RD

Shea Theodore
SHEA THEODORE

Rating: 75.8#22 LD

Deryk Engelland
DERYK ENGELLAND

Rating: 72.1#60 RD

Luca Sbisa
LUCA SBISA

Rating: 70.7#113 LD

Colin Miller
COLIN MILLER

Rating: 75.6#24 RD

GOALIES
Marc-Andre Fleury
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY

Rating: 79.6#4 G1

Malcolm Subban
MALCOLM SUBBAN

Rating: 62.5#82 G2

Pregame Prediction

You want to talk about stats and trends in these playoffs? How about the fact that the Jets have yet to lose back to back games in the playoffs? Works for me! Jets win 4-2.

  • Jason JWL

    A Leaf fan’s ode to the Jets (really)

    This must be proof that the Jets have taken over the country. I, a Leafs fan, woke up recently with a poem in my head with the names of a bunch of Jets players/coach/management in it. Seriously, never would have thought names like Scheifele, Hellebuyck, Maurice and Cheveldayoff would inspire a poem. But they did. So here you are. And Go Jets Go!

    TAKE A SHOVEL DAY OFF

    It’s winter in the Peg
    Shovelling snow most every day
    so that my friends and I can make a rink
    upon which we can play

    Connor found a good spot for us
    behind the holly bush
    it’s all filled up with snow
    but not too much to push

    When Joel’s strong arms clear the powder
    from upon the ground
    Blake brings his four-wheeler
    and helps us pack it down

    Then Paul brings a hose
    And hoses things all nice
    But no, Paul, no. Don’t stop now
    Paul, we need more ice!

    So Ben and Joe and Pat help flood—
    Now our rink is smooth and shiny
    But Pat won’t stop there—he paints the lines
    Pat likes his ice all liney!

    Steve helps Mark mark the goals
    and peg them in so nicely
    It’s nice Mark marks ice for us
    Cuz Mark marks ice precisely

    What a rink! Calls Bryan
    (He helped a little, too)
    And Tyler comes to admire
    and don his skating shoes

    Jack and Brandon come in tandem
    And Kyle and Paul, and Nik, AndDrew
    And Jake and Dustin—no I’m not bluffin’
    and the cop and the pool man, too

    It’s winter in the Peg
    Shovelling snow most every day
    But on Saturday we take a Shovel-Day-Off
    To watch our Jets go play!

    A tribute to Winnipeg’s boys of winter, now Canada’s boys of spring. 😉