The Winnipeg Jets went into LA to play the Los Angeles Kings and had a really rough first period. While things started looking up for them as the game went on, they were once again felled by their slow start more than anything else. While the game ended badly, there were still some positives including more time for some goalie love which the Jets goalies clearly deserve. As for the rest of the team? They need to sort out their starts.
Can Connor Hellebuyck Get Some Respect?
Sportsnet had a conversation at the first intermission where Brian Burke was asked who was responsible for the Jets results this season and he said the majority of the credit should go to Paul Maurice. Connor Hellebuyck has been covering for the Jets defence this season, no Maurice’s system. It is time that Hellebuyck’s stellar play got recognized because he has been great this year and pulled the Jets through some tough games. Maurice has been fine, but fans (rightfully) gripe about his decision making more than they should if he is one of the best coaches in the NHL.
These are starting to bite the Jets here and there and last night was no exception. Their slow start put them behind the eight ball and down two goals by the end of the first period. While they were able to get one of those goals back, it was too little too late for them overall. The slow starts are a common theme to Jets games and while they are getting better at starting games on time, they are still an issue that need to be dealt with in full.
Brossoit’s stats are not that good on the road, but he has been effective in recent games and is a big reason why the Jets were able to mount a comeback last night. Even though he is being used sparingly, he has not been the reasons for the Jets losing recently which means they can keep Hellebuyck on a set schedule of rests making sure he remains fresh for when the Jets need him most at the end of the season and playoffs.