Advertisement

Jets Lack Killer Instinct

Share:

Jets Ice Crop
Dan Hoeppner

The Winnipeg Jets lost to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night to complete a three-game road trip through California. The team managed to win two out of three games, but they lacked a certain killer instinct while facing a team that had been recently decimated due to COVID-19.

Seven members of the San Jose team and their head coach tested positive for the virus hours before puck drop, forcing five emergency recalls from their American Hockey League affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda. Two of the five recalls were making their NHL debuts.

This game should have been a cakewalk for the Jets, who were in the midst of a four-game winning streak and were reintroducing captain Blake Wheeler to the roster after his own stint in COVID-19 protocol.

“They inserted some guys that were chomping at the bit to get in the lineup, and it looked like it was the last game of a road trip for us,” Jets forward Blake Wheeler said. “No excuse, though. We’ve got to be better than that through two periods. We expect more out of ourselves. I thought it was a positive sign in the third period. We pushed hard and finally got rewarded there. Sometimes getting a point out of a down game like that is a real positive.”

Head coach Paul Maurice’s line blender was in full force as he tried to ignite a spark in his team. The reunited trio of Kyle Connor, Pierre Luc Dubois, and Nikolaj Ehlers finally solved James Reimer at the tail end of the third period to send the game to overtime. It was Connor’s seventh goal of the season and extended his point streak to six games.

“Those guys that are goal scorers, when they start coming into their prime, they have a high expectation to score goals,” said Maurice. “And they have a real nose for that net and when to get there.”

Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck turned away 34 of 36 shots and was the only reason the Jets were able to steal a point. He has been a workforce for the team as they continue to try to find chemistry with their new pieces on defence.

Newly acquired defencemen Nate Schmidt and Brendan Dillon both look like solid additions throughout the first eight games of the campaign, but the entire unit needs to start clicking as the Jets embark on a seven-game homestand.

“From what I’ve seen, a lot of it is the start of the game,” Jets defenceman Neal Pionk told reporters in California. “We’ve got to start off on the right foot. It's a great thing, being able to salvage a point after playing a game like that. But again, it’s not sustainable over 82 games. We know that and we’ll clean it up.”

The Jets will try to get back in the win column on Tuesday against the Dallas Stars.

Advertisement
More SPORTS & RECREATION

Niverville Junior Varsity Girls Win Provincials

Niverville High School’s Junior Varsity Girls volleyball team has completed an undefeated season with a win at this year’s Provincials. Coach Graeme Buys says that the season was an exciting...

Read more

Niverville High School’s Junior Varsity Girls volleyball team has completed an undefeated season with a win at this year’s Provincials. Coach Graeme Buys says that the season was an exciting...

Read more

Connors Lead Jets to Victory, Break Winless Streak

The Winnipeg Jets gutted out a victory on Saturday night, beating the Calgary Flames 4–2 to snap a five-game winless streak. The start was disastrous for the Jets, as the Flames found the back...

Read more

The Winnipeg Jets gutted out a victory on Saturday night, beating the Calgary Flames 4–2 to snap a five-game winless streak. The start was disastrous for the Jets, as the Flames found the back...

Read more
Advertisement

New MJHL Franchise Seeks Public’s Help to Name Team

A few months have passed since the initial announcement that a new Manitoba Junior Hockey League franchise is coming to Niverville, and news has been quiet ever since. But the board of directors has...

Read more

A few months have passed since the initial announcement that a new Manitoba Junior Hockey League franchise is coming to Niverville, and news has been quiet ever since. But the board of directors has...

Read more

Jets Off to a Great, Inconsistent Start

The Winnipeg Jets will complete a season high seven-game homestand on Tuesday night against the Edmonton Oilers. After earning points in five of their last six games, the Jets find themselves in...

Read more

The Winnipeg Jets will complete a season high seven-game homestand on Tuesday night against the Edmonton Oilers. After earning points in five of their last six games, the Jets find themselves in...

Read more
Advertisement

Teenage WHL Draftee Launches Junior Career

A local high school student is taking his first steps toward playing professional hockey. In August, Evan Groening of Niverville had the opportunity to sign contracts with both the Western Hockey...

Read more

A local high school student is taking his first steps toward playing professional hockey. In August, Evan Groening of Niverville had the opportunity to sign contracts with both the Western Hockey...

Read more

Put Away the Pitchforks: Jets Lacklustre in Early Games

The Winnipeg Jets started the regular season with a pair of lacklustre efforts, and some fans may already be reaching for their pitchforks. The team dropped their season opener on Wednesday,...

Read more

The Winnipeg Jets started the regular season with a pair of lacklustre efforts, and some fans may already be reaching for their pitchforks. The team dropped their season opener on Wednesday,...

Read more
Advertisement

High School Senior Named MHSAA Athlete of the Week

Every week, the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association, sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba, name a rural high school athlete of the week—and this week, they’ve chosen to honour...

Read more

Every week, the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association, sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba, name a rural high school athlete of the week—and this week, they’ve chosen to honour...

Read more
Time until next issue
Citizen Poll

Thank you for participating in the Name Your Team initiative for Niverville's new community-owned MJHL hockey franchise, set to begin play from the CRRC Arena in the 2022-2023 season!

Those who enter will be eligible for prizes, including game-day tickets. We appreciate your entry! Note: if there is a specific meaning or reason for suggesting this name, please share it in the comments box.

For related article, see link below.
https://nivervillecitizen.com/...