Jets on a Deadline: Jets @ Coyotes–Saturday October 15, 2011

Posted by Drew Mindell in Featured1,Game Recaps on October 15, 2011 — 6 Comments

Winnipeg— They say not to go to bed angry, but if the Winnipeg Jets are able to fall asleep tonight, without anger coursing through their veins, that is a serious problem. The Winnipeg Jets third contest of the season, a match-up taking place in front of thousands of Jets fans who made the trek down to Phoenix to see the contest against the former Winnipeg Jets, featured miscues, blown assignments, soppy play and enough problems to account for a few extra grey hairs on the scalp of head coach Claude Noel.

The Jets took to the ice in Glendale, to dueling chants of Go Jets Go and Let’s Go Coyotes. After two rousing national anthems, the Jets apparently were waiting around for a third national anthem to be played, as the Coyotes opened the scoring a mere 34 seconds into the contest on a goal by Daymond Langkow, assists to Ray Whitney and Shane Doan. Oliver Ekman Larsson would score the first of his two goals on the night nine minutes later after some sloppy work by the Jets in their end zone. The Jets first period resembled that of a first game of an exhibition season, rather than the third game of the regular season.

The second period began much like the first one ended, with the Jets going down by three goals after Ekman Larsson potted his second of the night, with 5 minutes to go in the period. With pleas coming from the Twitterverse for someone in a Jets uniform to step up and make the third period a period worth watching, Jets captain Andrew Ladd made a beautiful tip on a shot from the point by Tobias Enstrom, and the Jets were within two goals after 40 minutes.

Alas, that was as close as the Jets would come, as the third period saw Ray Whitney put a puck behind embattled Jets net-minder Chris Mason, who performed admirably all night long and did everything he could to keep the Jets competitive. The Jets had chances in the third period, namely a penalty shot that had been awarded to Nik Antropov, and a goal that was disallowed after the referee issued a mysterious interference penalty to Evander Kane, but all in all it was the worst effort the Jets have put forth early on in this NHL season.

Simply put, it is back to the drawing board for the Jets and head coach Claude Noel. It appears his strategy of mixing and matching line combinations on a whim, has not worked and it might be time to put his supposed horses together on the top 2 lines to see if that will turn around the Jets fortunes. It won’t be any easier, as come Monday, the Pittsburgh Penguins come to Winnipeg for the Jets second home game of this season.

Final Score:

Coyotes 4

Jets 1

3 stars:

1)      Oliver Ekman Larsson

2)      Mike Smith

3)      Shane Doan

Next game: Pittsburgh at Winnipeg, 7:30 PM, Monday October 17, 2011

 

  • http://twitter.com/TBonnar Timothy Bonnar

    “It appears his strategy of mixing and matching line combinations on a whim, has not worked and it might be time to put his supposed horses together on the top 2 lines to see if that will turn around the Jets fortunes.”
    I think he is mixing them up because they aren’t working. 

    Ladd, Little and Wheeler have been the worst line on the ice in each of the three games. They are generating a few chances, but the are pressing too had and giving up a ton of opportunities in the other direction. 

    Little is a minus 4 and Wheeler is a minus 3. 

    I thought Scheifele actually gave Wheeler and Ladd a spark in the third. I have no issue with them mixing things up simply because things aren’t working as is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=609456468 Kris Merrells

    Yeah, Sheifele actually looked pretty good tonight (relatively). We’re just leaving our goalies out to dry, poor bastards. We’ll see how things go in the coming weeks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002086008002 John Dziadek

    Has Noel told the players it’s OK for them to make the occasional tape-to-tape pass?  With all the pucks way ahead of the “recipient”, or behind, or in their skates, I’m beginning to wonder.

  • http://twitter.com/CMANN66 Clint Mann

    Wheeler was dogging it on that 4th goal

  • Anonymous

    This game was a step backwards for sure.  Gawd, there’s a lot of standing around and puck-watching in the defensive zone.  And what’s with both D chasing the opposition forward behind the goal? Saw that at least twice. 

    More odd-man rushes than a rec hockey game…I can’t believe the near breaks and 2-on-1s and 3-on-1s we gave up in that game. 

    Wheeler is soft as a down-filled pillow…so big and fast – drive to the net, man!

    On the positive side, I didn’t see Oduya make any bad plays out there tonight… : )

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=725472825 Jeff Olafson

    If this is going to be our season, it’s going to be a long one!  Is it me or do they all look like they are playing like junior hockey players at a tryout???  Loss of 6 points, hope that doesn’t kick them in the ass.  When the team was purchased, I promised myself that I would not judge the team for the first season, you know…young team, bad ownership, need to deal with the relocation and new hockey market, etc…but WTF???  One is either going to have to be really drunk or high to watch a game!  Someone call an addiction counselor please, the FANS are going to need it!  Went to bed angry, woke up angry, and it’s only been 3 games!  True North said they are going to be patient…well, I’m amazed how I already I lost mine!!!  Ive been told mediation helps…here’s hoping…OMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!  Proud to be a Winnippeger, happy the NHL and the team are back!  GO…JETS…GO!!!!