The Winnipeg Jets came into this game off of their bye week and a two game losing streak. They are still without number one centre Mark Scheifele, but welcomed back the services of Brandon Tanev. The Calgary Flames are also coming off of their bye week and are also eagerly anticipating the return of Michael Frolik.
As for the game itself, the Jets played well and look much better than they did against the Minnesota Wild prior to their break. There was little that they could have done about the goal against as TJ Brodie made a great play. The Jets goal was Bryan Little with a great backhand after it seemed like Mike Smith would stop everything. Now if the broadcasters had stopped talking about his puck handling skills for one minute during the game...
- This was the opening comment on the broadcast: “Let’s tip the hat to diversity and look to our neighbours in the south. Johnny Gaudreau...”. I have so many questions.
- The Jets are doing a very good job at varying their way of entering the zone. Yes, Mike Smith is playing the puck a lot when it gets to him, but the Jets have generated a lot of offence off of controlled zone entries.
- The officials called back a goal against after Troy Brouwer pushed Matt Hendricks into Connor Hellebuyck and after much deliberation, their decision was reached. Many fans on both sides had no clue how the call would go, so that tells you it was very close.
- Friendly reminder that the Vancouver Canucks passed over Nikolaj Ehlers for Jake Virtanen.
- Mark Giordano has had an excellent game and it is easy to see how he is one of the key cogs for the Calgary Flames over the years.
- Jack Roslovic nearly scored his first NHL goal when the Jets were on the power play and he wrung one off the post. Roslovic has been playing well on the fourth line during his call up and that alone should make Jets fans happy.
- Brandon Tanev is back from injury and I honestly forgot all about him for the longest time. I guess the Jets are a faster team now?
- Dmitry Kulikov is pretty good at jumping into the offence. There, I said something nice about him.
- Matt Stajan is still in the NHL? The things I learn watching hockey.
- That over time was really fun and exciting and I wish it had gone on for ten minutes.