Huge week for Jets

- October 18th, 2011

Some thoughts on the Jets big win over the Penguins on Monday and their 1-3 start in general.

This is a huge week for the Jets. They started it off on the right foot with a win over the injury-ravaged Penguins, but they still have three more games this week and the results could have a major impact on their season. Beat Toronto, Ottawa and Carolina and the Jets will be 4-3 and looking very good going forward. Lose all three and they’ll be 1-6 and … well, we don’t need to say what that would mean. There’s a good chance the Jets could go 2-1 the rest of the week, playing a weak Ottawa team Thursday and then playing Carolina at home on Friday. The Leafs are off to a hot start and pose definite threat, so the Jets will have to keep up the intensity they showed Monday night.

Great performances by Ondrej Pavelec, Alex Burmistrov (and his linemates Nik Antropov and Kyle Wellwood) and the Jets defence as a whole in the win over the Penguins. Hate to temper the excitement surrounding
the Jets first win, but there are still some major issues with this team. For one, they still aren’t scoring much. Just two goals against the Penguins and no power-play goals. Still no power play goals (0-for-17) on the season, which is not good. Also, Pavelec had to make an awful lot of point-blank saves. If he hadn’t been on, it could have been another long night for the Jets.

We have to point out that the Penguins were ravaged by injuries and were playing without two of the best players in the league, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. They are still a good team though, so you have to give the Jets credit for getting it done.

Kris Letang will have to pay a visit to NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan after his hit from behind on Burmistrov Monday night. Could be a suspension for a couple of games. Too bad, because Letang has been one of the best players in the NHL so far this year.

A buddy of mine is a big Kyle Wellwood fan (I’m not kidding) and I have to admit he’s been pretty good so far this season. Seems to be responsible in his own end and has contributed nicely on offence. Other than tripping over the blue-line on a breakaway, Wellwood has been solid.

Note to Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler. Any time you guys want to show up is fine.

Judging from responses to tweets I put out Monday, a ton of fans want to see the Jets move Dustin Byfuglien to forward. Don’t think it’s in the plans just yet, but don’t be surprised if he sees some time up front at some point this season, especially on the putrid power play.

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  1. HockeyPro says:

    Good outline but you didn’t address other key issues such as where do we go from here with the Scheifele, MacLean and Stapleton “experiments”? When guys are down to 5-7 mins a game is it not time to have a look at some other players or is this not a political correct question at this time?

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