Saturday has come to an end, and the Jets are one point closer to eighth but one point further from third.
The Jets fell 5-4 in a shootout to the upstart New York Islanders at MTS Centre, which means they have lost control of their situation. They now need some help to catch either the Washington Capitals or New York Rangers with only three games remaining.
Here are a few other thoughts from Saturday’s game …
• The Jets were lucky to get a point, really. They trailed 3-1 and 4-3 late, but they showed plenty of pluck in getting the game to extra time and picking up a point.
• Claude Noel didn’t feel like providing many answers after the game. He completely avoided the question when asked why Evander Kane didn’t take the pre-game warmup. “Sometimes things happen before where you have to miss warmup, and that’s it. There’s really no explanation other than that. Sometimes it’s medical attention, sometimes it’s other things. Sometimes it’s equipment problems. There’s all kinds of things that come up. I’ve seen guys miss complete warm-ups lots of times and then they’re on the scoresheet. So there’s all kinds of things that go on. That’s just the way it goes. I don’t put much stock into it.”
• If anyone can translate what Noel said there, please let us know.
• Kane appeared to injure his right hand against Carolina on Thursday night, so that’s probably why he didn’t take the warmup.
• Nobody asked me, but I don’t like that the Jets decided to switch up the defensive partners this week. I think it hurt them on New York’s first goal, as Dustin Byfuglien and Ron Hainsey went after the same player, allowing Frans Nielsen to go in all alone on Ondrej Pavelec and score. Noel gave another odd answer, at first saying it didn’t matter and then basically saying it did. “I don’t see it. It’s the same thing with lines. It takes a little while to develop chemistry. That’s just a natural thing. Sometimes there’s a mixup, but that’s natural. People aren’t born as partners.”
• I haven’t seen Kyle Okposo’s hit on Zach Bogosian since the one replay right after it happened, but it sure looked like one of those hits that the NHL is trying to get rid of from the game.
• Bogosian left the game for a while, likely to go to the quiet room, but he wasn’t gone very long. And then he ended up leaving again in the third period. That shows there is still a lot of work to do when it comes to diagnosing head injuries. One thing for certain is it’s not easy.
• There was no reason to question Noel’s decision to pull Pavelec with 2:08 to go. It was the start of a power play, and the face-off was in New York’s zone. It was the perfect time to pull Pavelec, and it paid off.
• I’m off to follow the Jets to Buffalo and Washington, so give me a follow on Twitter (@PentonKirk) if you’re not already to stay up to date.