The hardest stretch of the Jets schedule continues Monday night when the Detroit Red Wings, perennial Western Conference power houses, now transplanted over to the East, visit the MTS Center to battle the Winnipeg Jets. The Wings come in winners of 3 straight averaging nearly 4 goals a game in those contests. On the other side of the coin the Jets come in with just 1 win in their last 7 games and scoring only 13 goals in those games combined. On paper this game looks a little scary, and history does not help the Winnipeg team. Everyone remembers it was the Wings who ended the existence of the original Jets, and in the only contest against Jets 2.0, the Wings ran all over Winnipeg with a 7-1 win
Year after year the machine that is the Winged Wheel continues to chug on. This team that seems to make the playoffs just by putting on their jerseys keeps winning and winning and this year is no different. The formula hasn’t changed over the year, draft well and grow young players under your veterans. The veterans at this point, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are still some of the best players in the world. Zetterberg can still score and create from anywhere on the ice, and Pavel Datsyuk is arguably the best two-way in the game. This team follows the lead of their captains, and there are not many better to follow. The Wings are a scary team that will beat you in every zone on the ice if you are not perfect.
Look at the boxscore from Saturdays game and it is a scary disappointing sight as a Jet fan. If you watched the game however it was not that bad. The Jets skated with the Hawks and for all but about 5 minutes in the second were very competitive if not better than the defending champs. Unfortunately in those 5 minutes the Hawks scored 3 goals and all but ended the game. The Jets do have things to build on though, for one this was the most chances they have generated since night one in Edmonton. If not for a hot goalie and a few Jets holding their sticks a little to tight the Jets could have put up 5 or 6 goals themselves. It is the same issues which hold this team down however, they do not play 60 minutes, and they have to many defensive zone break downs. The Jets have the ability to play with the best teams in the league if they choose to, you just never know if they are going to show up or not.
Pavvy: Ondrej had a tough outing Saturday giving up 4 goals and getting yanked early in the second. Although you cannot really blame Pavelec on any of the goals, the Jets need him to make some of those big saves. If he doesn’t bounce back the Jets have no chance Monday night.
Find the twine: The Jets finally got some chances Saturday but couldn’t finnish. Time to put it all together and put a crooked number on the scoreboard.
Turnovers: Simply put, if the Jets give up the puck and surrender chances they lose, play smart and make good decisions.
Ondrej Pavelec (4-7-2) GAA: 3.09 SV% .902
Jimmy Howard (5-4-2) GAA: 2.50 SV% .915
Trouba WPG, (neck) out
Slater WPG, (lower body) out
Postma WPG, (blood clot) out
Stuart WPG, (hip) out
Franzen DET, (illness) day-to-day
Gustavsson DET, (neck) out
Ericsson DET, (dislocated shoulder) out
Coetzee DET, (undisclosed) out
Jensen DET, (torn labrum) out
Red Wings: 6-2-2
The slide continues
Red Wings 6 Jets 2
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