The Western Conference's top two wild card contenders went head to head tonight as both teams took aim on a move up the standings. Unfortunately for Winnipeg the Flames scored too many damn goals and the Jets scored too few. The final score was Flames 5, Jets 2.
This wasn't Michael Hutchinson's best game. Regression was bound to hit, but how far and how fast his numbers would fall is anybody's guess. Gotta hope this is a blip rather than a precursor of things to come. There is still plenty of reason to believe Hutch could be the future, but the fact that his numbers have fallen from God-like to normal has a lot of people selling. Patience people.
Ondrej Pavelec also made an appearance. He didn't allow any goals.
Goals have been hard to come by over the last couple games. More goals - perhaps boosted by some powerplay action would be nice.
The 5 on 5 Corsis were solid tonight and this makes sense as the Jets controlled the puck in the offensive zone for long stretches, but the actual shot differential was bad. Zone time is so key, but if you aren't actually getting pucks through to the net you may have problems. Lots of quality should be chances ending with no shot on goal.
Speaking of Corsi, Zach Bogosian got murdered again - at least while the game was close. He has been bad through this rough patch. The Jets need more from him. His defensive partner Ben Chiarot hasn't been great either. He's had three of his worst game over his last three. The Jets back on track too.
Dustin Byfuglien played a big part in the Jets' nice possession metrics, but one major gaffe that led to an odd man rush against will surely be remembered above all else.
The Winnipeg Jets dominated the faceoff dot tonight. I mention this only because nobody else will. The only time faceoffs get noted is when a team gets killed on the dot and loses a game. There are so so many instances where this isn't the case, but nobody mentions those. I am way off topic here. Faceoffs are overrated. It is a pet peeve of mine.
The Jets took a couple momentum killing penalties tonight and allowed a goal against while shorthanded. Frustratingly par for the course. The Jets were outscored at 5 on 5, but a minus one on special teams is almost always tough to overcome.
I will consume zero Jets related media tomorrow. I don't think I can handle all of the sky is falling narratives.
The Winnipeg Jets have lost four games in a row. This is not good, but they rebounded well last time this happened. I am hoping for a repeat.