After a shaky start to the first game of the 2015-'16 season, the Jets rallied with goals from 6 different scorers (Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler, Drew Stafford, Nic Petan, Chris Thorburn (!) and (8 ball bank shot corner pocket far end of the table, yeah I called that!) Alex Burmistrov, from all four lines to beat the Boston Bruins 6-2. Balance, consistency, perseverance, discipline in the later periods, and luck rounded out the game for the Jets. Although impressive on the boxscore sheet, there are 81 more games in this season, and the Jets will be back at it this evening in the first back to back as they take on the New Jersey Devils. John Fischer at All About The Jersey gives us an excellent take on tonight's game, the first of the season for the New Jersey Devils.
Keys to the Game
The Jets need to build on the win from last night, which was the first win in TD Garden in, oh I don't know, umpteen years! With the first game of the season jitters out of the way, the Jets will need to remember what made them successful last night, and put that into effect tonight. I don't anticipate the league reviewing the high hit Alex Burmistrov gave Patrice Bergeron last night. But we may expect a change or two in the lines if Adam Lowry is a no go, after taking a blocked shot off his wrist. If so, then expect Alex Burmistrov to slide in at 3rd centre, with Drew Stafford and Nic Petan on the wings, and Anthony Peluso suiting up on the 4th line with Andrew Copp and Chris Thorburn. If Adam is a go, expect the lines to stay consistent to the offense displayed in Boston. Micheal Hutchinson will be between the pipes.
New Jersey Devils
The Devils' projected top line of Mike Cammalleri, Lee Stempniak, and Travis Zajac will be providing a good portion of the offense, but the rest of the group should not be taken lightly. Kyle Palmieri, Jacob Josefson, Jiri Tlusty and Sergey Kalinin will need to be ready to supply some of the offense if the Devils want to ice a balanced attack over 60 minutes of hockey. Corey Schneider can steal away a game too, as Manitoba Moose fans can attest.
Player to Boo Mercilessly
Lee Stempniak and Jiri Tlusty of course!
Jets 3-2 with Ehlers, Wheeler and Ladd lighting the lamp.
Go Jays Go!