The Winnipeg Jets returned home from a horrible divisional road trip to the friendly confines of the MTS Centre. It went well. The Jets outplayed their opponent and some of the new lines showed some really nice chemistry.
1. Tonight's lines were mighty jumbled. The game started with Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler back atop the depth chart. Drew Stafford jumped to the 2nd line and Ehlers dropped to the 3rd. It didn't end there. Alexander Burmistrov also got a boost to 3C. This move came at the expense of Adam Lowry who was bumped to the 4th line.
2. The new lines were an apparent difference maker, but more on that later.
3. Also new to the Jets was scoring the game's opening goal. Mark Scheifele potted his first in a long time after extensive pressure on the powerplay. It was great to see Scheifele score again. It was also nice to see actual productionfrom the powerplay.
4. Later in the first, Lucas Sbisa layed a smashing on Winnipeg Jets super-rookie Nikolaj Ehlers. The hit was definitely in the head region, but I don't think it was malicious. Regardless, Sbisa was handed a beating. He declined a tangle with Chris Thorburn and decided to drop the mitts with Anthony Peluso. Sbisa isn't smart.
5. Nikolaj Ehlers was fine, perhaps better than fine. The Jets' young winger flashed more in this game than he had in the last few combined.
6. The second period saw the teams trade goals. Drew Stafford scored for the Jets. It was his first in 12 outings and it was ling overdue.
7. The Jets' defensive game showed some familiar lapses in the second. They allowed a couple breakaways. These need to dry up some. They are annoying.
8. The third period was almost all Jets. They controlled the play and put the game away. The Scheifele line continued to put up points. Scheifele scored the Jets'third goal and Stafford potted the empty netter. They each finished with two goals and an assist. Mathieu Perreault also netted two assists. It was a big night for this trio.
9. The new third line of Chris Thorburn, Alexander Burmistrov and Nikolaj Ehlers also generated a fair number of chances. They largely came off the stick of Ehlers, but Thorburn actually had a pule of chances. He was fed the puck for a pair of yawning cages. He was also gifted a one on one with Ryan Miller. Next time, Chris.
10. Ondrej Pavelec was solid tonight. He was calm and collected. He also collected most every puck that headed his way.
It was dang nice to watch a win.