A Hopeful Step in the Right Direction

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The Jets are riding a 4 game winning streak, the longest of the young season so far. After beating 4 solid teams in Nashville, San Jose, Detroit and Philadelphia, this short streak should really boost the confidence inside the locker room. The Jets seem to finally be clicking, with more than one reason for their success lately.

The top line of Ladd, Wheeler and Little are firing on all cylinders as of late. Little is a great surprise for the Jets, who leads the team with 11 goals and 18 points in 20 games thus far. Ladd is not far behind with 17 points and Wheeler has chipped in with 12. They have carried the Jets through this small streak. The third line of Sheifele, Frolik and Halischuk has also been a great surprise. They have played well and developed a lot of chemistry over the last couple of games. A little more production from Kane and the second line would make the Jets that much better.

The game against San Jose was one of the best I’ve watched so far. After being down 3-1 in the second, the Jets played with a passion we haven’t seen all year. When Ladd scored with less than 2 minutes left, the building absolutely exploded. If the Jets can channel their energy like that every home game, they will be an extremely tough team to take on at home.

The biggest part of the Jets success has been the play of Ondrej Pavelec. After getting his first shutout at the MTS Centre against the Preds, he stole a win in Detroit, where the Jets were heavily outplayed. The goals against San Jose weren’t exactly all his fault, but he made key saves when he needed to and stopped all 3 shooters in the shootout. This is the goaltending the Jets need to be successful. If Pavelec keeps playing this good, the Jets will be an extremely hard team to play against.

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Aisman is a Creative Communications student at Red River College. Diehard Jets fan 80 games a year, except when the Red Wings are on the opposite side of the ice. Former player, coach, referee and all around hockey enthusiast.