Winnipeg returns home Friday to play the second half of their first back to back of the season. The two games in two nights schedule has been an achilles heel for the Jets since they returned to the league. After last nights game in Minnesota, a 2-1 loss the Jets will be looking to bounce back after another sub par performance, dropping them to .500. These are two teams who have not seen much of each other since the Jets rejoined the league but being in the same division this may be the start of a new rivalry. Jets and Stars get ready Winnipeg.
The Stars completely over hauled their roster heading into this season, most notably picking up young talent Tyler Seguin from the Bruins in exchange for Loui Eriksson. Though there are many questions about the off ice antics for Seguin, his on ice play speaks for itself, he is still a huge threat in the offensive zone and if you make a mistake around him he will make you pay. The Stars opened their season playing to of the Jets former South East division foes, beating the Washington Capitals and falling to the Florida Panthers on opening night. The jury is still out on the Stars, having played only two games, however the expectations are huge for the Stars and they need to perform or there will be changes before to long.
The Jets had another stinker in Minnesota last night earning their second straight loss by a score of 2-1. Once again they were badly outshot managing only 15 shots to the Wilds 30. The offence looked just plain painful and have managed only 32 shots in their last two games, a number that they are regularly giving up. It is about time to turn it around and maybe they can use the home crowd for some motivation, they sure need it. There are no easy answers to explain why the Jets can’t find their touch around the net. After a couple good games the second line seems to have gone dry, and Ladd, Little, and Wheeler have yet to find their groove. If the Jets want to compete in the West they need consistent scoring from both of these lines, thus far they are just not getting it.
Power play: Although the Jets managed a power play goal on a 5 on 3 in last nights game, they were given many other extra man chances and were unable to click, at times looking like the unit that was one of the worst last season. The Jets need to take advantage of their opportunities with the extra man.
Discipline: Too many penalties in Minnesota and although the penalty kill was bailing them out you are playing with fire when you give up so many chances. Jets need to play smarter and move their feet to stay out of the box.
Find the Twine: After putting up 5 spots in their first two games the offence seems to have dried up. The Jets need to find away, they don’t need to be pretty. Crash the net and bang one in.
Al Montoya (0-0-0) GAA: 0 SV% 0
Kari Lehtonen (1-1-0) GAA: 2.02 SV% .938
Glennie DAL, (Knee) out
Rome DAL, (Hip) out
Stars dominate tired looking Jets
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