The Winnipeg Jets are still rolling along while waiting for players to come back from injury. Today marked the firs time Tobias Enstrom played in 23 games. As the Jets wait on Mark Scheifele to return, they are now dealing with a hurt Adam Lowry as well. Have no fear, Jack Roslovic is here! Today their resiliency was tested by the San Jose Sharks who are going through some struggles of their own.
The Jets played a solid game from start to finish. Yes, Brent Burns got a lot of shots, but he never looked particularly menacing. The only issue I had from the Jets today was when it looked like Dustin Byfuglien kicked a prone Chris Tierney in the back. Yes, he just ran your goalie, but kicking a guy when he is down is wrong on the ice. Do not ask me about in life because there are times when people metaphorically deserve to be kicked when down.
- It is great that Jack Roslovic is getting some playing time, but if you are going to call up a top prospect, play him. If you the call up is going to be scratched, call up a veteran on a two-way contract and give them some more money for a few days.
- The makeshift line of Kyle Connor, Bryan Little, and Nikolaj Ehlers started the Jets off fast. All three players are quick and it shows in their ability to get on loose pucks and force Martin Jones into making saves.
- Matt Hendricks is probably a nice guy, but hearing announcers talk about him non-stop for doing something every player does is obnoxious. I would rather hear about Blake Wheeler’s leadership abilities as having a leader is clearly the most important part of hockey.
- That said, the Jets have gotten a lot of bonus goals from their fourth line and tonight is no different with Hendricks and my favourite former healthy scratch Marko Dano scoring.
- Connor Hellebuyck has been rewarding the Jets for not giving up on him last year and it is great to see. I believe this this is the first time since Kari Lehtonen played for the Atlanta Thrashers that the Thrashets have had a respectable starting goalie.
- The Jets are starting to take too many penalties again. Yes, they now know how to kill them it is not as much of an issue as before, but please just stop it.
- Joel Armia has been a fine addition to the Jets this year. After being in and out of the lineup last year, he has been a consistent feature on the fourth line last year. He might never fulfill the potential he showed when he was a first round pick, but it is nice to see him cut out a niche for himself.
- Mathieu Perreault lost his spot on the first line to Kyle Connor while injured, but he worked hard on the fourth line and when the opportunity arouse moved back into the top six without issue. Fourth Line Jesus indeed.
- What has changed for the Jets coaching wise compared to last year? Does Paul Maurice deserve this praise or is it the players because it seems like little has changed and yet everything is different.
- Tell me where the lie is.