The Winnipeg Jets defeated the Anaheim Ducks for their first win of the season amidst a potential COVID outbreak with the team. (I accidentally fell asleep during the second period, so no ten thoughts). There is a lot to unpack in this game, so here is a stream of thoughts about things that happened.
- The Jets looked not so great in the first period even though Kevin Sawyer tried to make it sound like they looked great after the first five minutes. They looked rough for the whole first period and were lucky to get out of the period tied. But okay Swayer, they looked great.
- The second period ended in me having an accidental nap, but I did see the really nice goal set up by Nate Schmidt first. Andrew Copp was good for his third of the season in four games which is also a really good thing. The Jets will need him while Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele recover from COVID (or maybe it’s just stop being contagious).
- Speaking of Schmidt, there was a lot to like about him tonight. Unlike Sawyer, I am not going to say things are 100% fixed with the Jets transition, but the defence definitely moves the puck out of the zone a lot better than they did last year.
- The Jets overall really looked a lot stronger and better in the second and third periods which was a huge win for the because they did not fold when they got behind and they should resiliency when they scored five unanswered goals.
- The Jets building of their centre depth this off-season because they showed it last night.
- The game was not a sell out, but between the price of tickets and the fact that some people are not comfortable in public spaces especially when people will be taking off their face masks periodically. It is a completely fair reason to not go to games. This season is not about sell-outs.