Yays and Nays 4: What Was That?

That was….a game?

In a wild, penalty filled affair, the Predators downed the Jets 3-0 in their first meeting since the Jets eliminated the Predators in the Western Conference Semifinal. I honestly don’t know where to begin with this one. The Jets were undisciplined to say the least, taking 10 minors, 2 fighting majors, and 3 ten-minute misconducts (and thank you Myers for blessing us with that sarcastic clap that I will undoubtedly use as a GIF throughout this season). I’m going to try and name a few Yays, and list a few Nays in a game that frustrated me beyond belief. The sodium levels are certainly high in this edition.

More of an in-depth recap from Daniel is available here: Game 4: Jets Fall To Preds

Pitter Patter, let’s get at ‘er.

Yays

– The penalty kill is going to undoubtedly gain a few spots in the league after killing all 9 Nashville powerplays. The success on the PK tonight can also be chalked up to a few things, among those is the relatively harmless Nashville man-advantage. Nine unsuccessful powerplays? I wonder if there’s a banner for that….

– Josh Morrissey had quite the game tonight. With all of the Jets’ penalties, Morrissey played ~9 minutes shorthanded and a grand total of 26:25 on the night, which lead all skaters.

– There was decent speed and shots kept up throughout the entire game, with the Jets ending up with 53.33% of shot attempts to Nashville’s 46.67%. The only issue was capitalizing on those chances.

– The Myers Clap.

Nays

*DISCLAIMER* – I’m separating the penalties Nay into two because I’m heated about this

– Penalty Issue #1: The Jets took way too many penalties tonight, with them deserving nearly all of them. A couple were questionable, but for the most part they just took a bunch of dumb penalties. No Bueno. They can’t get back into that habit that I had believed had been shaken a couple years back.

– Penalty Issue #2: The officiating crew allowed this game to get out of hand in the second period tonight. There were quite a few instances where calls should have been evened up because of after-whistle shenanigans, but weren’t. The one I look at the most is the after-the-play hit on Nikolaj Ehlers following a delayed penalty which would eventually be assessed to Jacob Trouba. This is the hit that sparked the kerfuffle that lead to the fighting majors and another dose of Angry Wheeler™.

– Ben Chiarot had a game worth mentioning for all the wrong reasons. Along with 12 penalty minutes, he also caused the 1st Predators goal by blindly throwing a pass across the ice, leading to a Ryan Hartman breakaway. I’m still very much against having him on the second pairing, and this doesn’t help his case.

*whispers* Free Niku…

Recurring Nays:

– Another night, another sub-6 minute game for Kristian Vesalainen.

– Ehlers, Little, and Laine still don’t have chemistry, but it’s not like we knew this before, right?

– That defense still makes me incredibly uncomfortable.

Verdict

This was a game that angered me very much, and I’m happy it’s over. The intensity was high, but the result was less than optimal. The bad moments were really bad, and the good moments weren’t good enough.

This loss has earned a Nay. 

Next Action: The Jets return home to face the Hurricanes on Sunday, Oct. 14th. Puck-drop is 6:00PM.

Brian Finlayson

I like optimized lineups and numbers that make the lineup make sense. Born and raised in Winnipeg

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