Will the real Winnipeg Jets please stand up?
It’s amazing how time flies during the shortened NHL season this year and on every night the Jets play, fans are never sure which team is going to show up. It also seems that we’ve lost our home team advantage and a complete reversal from last year’s home game domination.
Since their 3-game home stand in mid-February, the Jets have been horrible at the MTS Centre and was near perfect during their 5-game road trip. Three losses against the Flyers, Penguins and Bruins at MTS Centre were unacceptable and the fans at those games were not impressed with the Jets lack lustre performance.
Fearing the worst, the Jet take off on a 5-game road trip and win against the Sabres, Hurricanes, Devils and the Rangers. The win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden was the first win by a Jets team since 1991.
The one road loss against the Philadelphia Flyers was a tough game to lose for the Jets. In fact, most of the games against the Flyers have been pretty explosive if you go back to games last season. As Coach Claude Noel put it, “It was a pretty tough game for us, disappointing to say the least.”
Back at the MTS Centre at the end of February, the Jets grind out a big win against the Devils that saw an end-to-end rush by Dustin Byfuglien that resulted in the game winning goal.
Coach Noel commented during the post-game interview, “Buff decided that we were not going to go to overtime. Did you see him skate? He looked like a stallion out there, he was movin’.”
In the game against the struggling Washington Capitals, the Jets barely showed up to the game and didn’t register a goal. The Capitals 3-0 win was Branden Holtby’s third shutout of the season and the first time that the Jets have failed to score at goal.
Bogosian is back, Enstrom is out
Zach Bogosian made his return to the Jets lineup with his season debut during the Pittsburgh Penguins’ game back on February 15th after recovering from an off-season wrist surgery. As soon as Bogosian returned, the Jets defence was hit with another injury in the same game against the Penguins. Tobias Enstrom is out for a couple weeks due to an upper body injury and had to get an MRI on his right shoulder.
Photos by AJ Marcelino, Ron Cantiveros