It was good to see the Jet’s snap their three game losing streak at home last night. With an early six game home stand the Jets’ need to take advantage and put up some points.
The key player in all of this just might be Evander Kane, who looks like he is taking his game to the next level this season. Early on he seems to have an extra step over the competition. He also seems hungry to succeed. Coach Noel has double-shifted him a few times and at other times Kane seems to be taking longer shifts. Playing with Wheeler last night, there were a few times when Kane stayed out, long after Wheeler had dumped the puck in to go on a change.
Last night he played just over twenty minutes picking up two goals and a plus two rating. His first goal could be considered a lucky bounce, but sometimes a player has to make his own luck. Kane’s speed and drive to the net created the scoring chance.
Some fans might be reluctant to split up the Ladd-Little-Wheeler line, but with Kane progressing the way he is and Scheifele not ready to keep up with him yet, that might be a necessity.
Andrew Ladd has played left wing on that line and thrived, leading the team in scoring last season. With similar linemates, Kane could possibly do more this season.
The same goes for Al Montoya. While not ready to take over as the number one goalie for the club just yet (even with last night’s shutout), Montoya needs to play more and be given more of a chance to succeed.
With four of his five decisions as the Jet backup being wins, Montoya has shown thus far that he is capable of giving Pavelec more time to rest during the season while giving the team a chance to win. Having only started four games last year, Montoya was underused and Pavelec was over played. While Pavelec has been great at times, his inconsistency is still a big problem for the team.
Perhaps with more time to rest he could improve his game and be more consistent?
For New Jersey last night, Cory Schneider got the start in net. It was his first time returning to the MTS Centre, where he led the Manitoba Mosse to the Calder Cup Final in 2009. When his face was shown on the score board during the American national anthem the fans gave him some nice cheers. They did the same when they were asked to acknowledge Schneider during a break in play by the house announcer.
Unforunately fans were not given a chance to see Martin Broduer play in his first visit to the MTS Centre. He did make a nice glove safe on the bench during the third period when a puck went astray. He was given a small round of applause before flipping the puck into the crowd.