Detroit Red Wings @ Winnipeg Jets - Game Discussion Page/Moose Game Recap

Before I get into a mini preview of tonight's Jets' game, figured I'd do a brief recap of today's Manitoba Moose game.


Moose Game Recap:


Manitoba Moose (35-20-4-2/.623 win %) @ Milwaukee Admirals (34-25-4-4/.567)

Milwaukee had it's arena filled with local school children for a game that started at 10:30 am CST today, as the 2nd and 3rd place teams in the AHL Central clashed. One of the loudest AHL games I've watched, but with the almost eerie high-pitch tones of kids' screaming.

The Moose lost David Gustafsson to a positive Covid test, but did get Kristian Vesalainen back. Other good news is that all of the injured players (Declan Chisholm, Kristian Reichel, & Greg Meireles) are back skating and expected to return soon.

Manitoba got a break in the first period when a Nicholas Jones (15a) shot hit a defenseman in front, bouncing directly to Evan Polei (9g) and he batted the puck into the net before the Admirals' Connor Ingram could react. The Moose added to their lead in the 2nd period when Simon Lundmark (10a) intercepted a pass at his blueline, skated the puck into Milwaukee's zone before dropping the puck to Jones. Jones (16a) sent a cross-ice pass to Bobby Lynch (8g) and he snapped a shot that sneaked by Ingram, who may have been cheating in expectation of another pass.

Vesalainen had the best game of his season today, playing with energy and determination but wasn't getting rewarded on the score sheet. Earlier in the game, a great defensive play in the neutral zone allowed him to intercept a pass, then he quickly turned it the other way and he sent Nick Hutchinson in on a breakaway (denied). Also, during a period of 4 on 4 play, Vesalainen skated alone into the Admirals' zone, finding himself in the middle of a tightening box of Milwaukee players. But just when you thought they would all collapse on him, a couple of stickhandling moves backed the defenders off enough to release a heavy snapshot that barely missed the net glove-side. Vesalainen (1a) finally was rewarded on a 3rd period PP, when he was set up for another heavy wristshot by Luke Johnson (6a). The puck struck the goalie on the shoulder and bounced to Jeff Malott, who buried his 21st goal of the season.

Manitoba had things well in hand as the game neared the midway point of the 3rd, but the Moose PP allowed another SH goal against (via 2 on 1) to make it a bit more interesting. A deflection for the Admirals put them within 1 goal in the last minute of play, but that is as close as it got and the game ended with a 3-2 Manitoba win. Mikhail Berdin wasn't very busy (17 shots faced), but he really looked good and stopped quite a few quality looks. A couple other players who stood out today were Dylan Samberg and Johnny Kovacevic. The Moose top pairing completely shut down the opposition with their physical play and Kovacevic showed that he can also lay out a hipcheck and did so successfully twice in the game.

With the win, the Manitoba Moose moved up to 5th place in the AHL and inch ever closer to clinching the 2nd spot in the Central, thus guaranteeing them home advantage in the best of 5 playoff series versus the 3rd place team.


Detroit Red Wings @ Winnipeg Jets Game Preview:

With the Winnipeg Jets having to likely win all their remaining games to have a small shot at a wildcard spot, it's a bit hard to get motivated to watch tonight's clash against a bottom-feeder team like the Detroit Red Wings.

Connor Hellebuyck once again gets the start in net and it will be nice to see Kyle Connor back on the ice.


Jets projected lines & D pairs:





Enjoy the game (if you can) and dream of what might be (but probably not) next year.

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