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Farm Report: Inconsistencies plague Moose

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An inability to string wins together continues to hamper the Jets’ farm team.

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Manitoba Moose 2018-19
8-8-1-0 17 points, 6th in Central Division
Goals for per game: 2.53 (28th)
Goals against per game: 3.47 (20th)
Powerplay: 7-of-63, 11.1% (30th)
Penalty kill: 65-of-81, 80.2% (19th)

Top 3 Goals:
7 - Mason Appleton
6 - C.J. Suess
5 - Seth Griffith, J.C. Lipon

Top 3 Assists:
8 - Appleton
6 - Griffith, Logan Shaw, Michael Spacek

Top 3 Points:
15 - Appleton
11 - Griffith
10 - Lipon, Shaw

Since the last Farm Report, the Manitoba Moose have gone 2-3-1, as putting together two good games in a row continues to be an issue for the Winnipeg Jets’ farm team this season. During that span they allowed 22 goals while scoring just 16.

While the team’s defence hasn’t been stellar, offensively they’ve been a disaster. They rank 28th in goals for per game in the league, and their power play is plugging along at a 11.1% efficiency. Mason Appleton has 15 points in 17 games, but he’s not getting much in the way of support.

C.J. Suess had five goals in his first six games, but has since slumped with just one goal in his last 11 games. Part of the problem is he isn’t getting shots on net, with just 26 so far meaning his shooting percentage is 23.1%. Seth Griffith’s 11 points in 17 games is well below his 0.95 career points per game in the AHL, and was recently demoted to the fourth line. Kristian Vesalainen is sitting on eight points in eight games, and just got sent back down to the Moose after some time in the Jets’ press box. Newcomer Logan Shaw has five points in four games since being signed by the Jets, taking over the second line centre spot. Moose defenders have scored just three goals so far.

It’s a bit of a mess. And that’s the offence.

The Moose are below average in defending at even strength and while on the penalty kill. Part of that has to rest with the goaltenders, who have managed a .899 combined save percentage this year. Eric Comrie sits at a .906 save percentage with Ken Appleby sitting at .873.

The Moose have been outshot by their opponents 582-471 this season, which is shots on goal and doesn’t keep track of misses or blocks. The shots that have made it the the goalie have gone in 9.34% of the time, which isn’t horrible, but when you’re constantly getting outshot (13 times in 17 games), and your goalies aren’t bailing you out, you’re going to lose.

Moose Lines on November 18, 2018

FORWARDS

Mason Appleton/ C.J. Suess/ Michael Spacek

Skyler McKenzie / Logan Shaw/ J.C. Lipon

Emile Poirier/ Felix Girard/ Ryan White

Tye McGinn/ Jansen Harkins/ Seth Griffith

DEFENCE

Logan Stanley/ Tucker Poolman

Peter Stoykewych/ Luke Green

Charles-David Beaudoin/ Nelson Nogier

GOALIES

Ken Appleby

Eric Comrie

Last Six Game Scores (Outscored by Opponents 22-16)

Thursday, November 8
1 Manitoba Moose vs
4 Grand Rapids Griffins

Moose Goal: Stanley (1)
Goalie: Comrie 35/38

Saturday, November 10
6 Manitoba Moose vs
2 Grand Rapids Griffins

Moose Goals: Vesalainen 2 (2), McKenzie (2), Harkins (2), Alexis D’Aoust (1)
Goalie: Comrie 38/40

Tuesday, November 13
0 Manitoba Moose @
5 San Antonio Rampage

Moose Goals: None
Goalie: Comrie 24/29

Wednesday, November 14
5 Manitoba Moose @
4 Texas Stars

Moose Goals: Shaw 2 (4), Griffith (5), Vesalainen (3), McKenzie (3)
Goalie: Comrie 26/30

Saturday, November 17
2 Manitoba Moose @
3 Grand Rapids Griffins (OT)

Moose Goals: Lipon (3), McGinn (2)
Goalie: Comrie 22/25

Sunday, November 18
2 Manitoba Moose @
4 Chicago Wolves

Moose Goals: Lipon 2 (5)
Goalie: Appleby 39/42