The NHL can be cruel, and the Jets found out just how torturous life without Josh Morrissey can be. A warm-up injury sidelined the newly-extended assistant captain prior to the game, leaving the Jets defence in deep waters. Despite a very competent scoreless first period, the Jets eventually caved to the Isles’ pressure and found themselves in a 3-0 hole before long. A late second period Patrik Laine peach was not enough to save Winnipeg from falling 4-1 to Barry Trotz’s bad boys.
Laurent Brossoit might be good.
Really good. Though the scoreline won’t flatter Brossoit, he was the only thing keeping Winnipeg in this game. The Jets were absolutely demolished in almost every category, especially after the first period. Turnovers, shorthanded breakaways against, defensive miscommunications....Laurent had himself a busy, busy night of work. I know Hellebuyck is usually the man on the front of the goaltending list, but Brossoit might truly deserve a split share of the net this season.
Patrik Laine continues to evolve.
The Finnish phenom showcased a growing power forward element to his game. He’s been more patient and steady in the corners, forcing turnovers and picking smart passes around the net to set up teammates. This is an impressive showing from Patrik, and his progression is a positive sign after a horrific season last year.
This defence, with or without Morrissey, is unwatchable.
You know it. I know it. The team definitely knows it. Winnipeg may have the absolute worst defensive unit in the NHL. The absence of Morrissey tonight (due to injury) only compounded matters for an over-matched blueline corps. The Isles feasted on depth defenders like Pionk, Bitetto, and Dalhstrom. This isn’t a surprise to anyone, but the Jets desperately need backend help from somewhere. Life without Dustin Byfuglien was already difficult enough, but losing Morrissey only makes the struggle that much more pronounced. At least Ville Heinola is an absolute beast. I don’t know if I’d actually want to watch the blueline without him.