Yays & Nays 15: They’re Baaaaaaaack!

It’s been one week (pause for Barenaked Ladies jokes) since the Jets last played a game, and they returned home to defeat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 at Bell MTS Place. It felt like it had been years since they last played, but now it’s back to normal for the Jets as they resume a normal schedule.

The Jets playing again also means one thing:

YAYS AND NAYS ARE BACK BABY

Yays

– I was somewhat impressed that the Jets didn’t look too sluggish to start the game. Going a week without game action typically takes a toll on players, but jumping out to a 2-0 first period lead was a nice way to fight that off.

– I thought the 4th line looked good early in this one. I specify early because we didn’t see them much. I hope that we give them more of a chance as we move forward, because that line could be rather effective if deployed more regularly.

– Kyle Connor’s powerplay goal in the first period extended the Jets’ streak of scoring at least one PP goal to 11 games. Patrik Laine also added another goal on the PP in the 3rd period.

– Mark Scheifele tallied a goal and 2 assists to bring his season point total to 16 points in 15 games played.

– After the Avs scored early in the third, I will admit I started to prepare for another disastrous end. However, I was greeted with three Jets goals that helped fight off a potential Avs comeback.

– With four assists tonight, Blake Wheeler reached (and surpassed) 400 career assists. He also added an empty net goal for his first career five point game.

Nays

– Dimitry Kulikov didn’t make it long in this game tonight. His night ended suddenly because of what appears to be a shoulder injury.

– Four penalties taken by the Jets tonight, including a couple of rather avoidable ones. Our penalty taking habits keep pushing their way back into out game, and I’m not a fan of that.

– While the Jets did score three in the third, the Avs had tilted the ice in their favour, out attempting the Jets 18-7 at 5 on 5. A few bounces could have changed the entire outcome of that game.

Common Nays

– Different players, same story. The Jets fourth line was glued to the bench for a lot of this game. It’s really hard to see what a line can bring when they play so little. Andrew Copp led the line with 7:46 of ice-time, but Nic Petan and Jack Roslovic were both sitting around five and a half minutes.

Verdict

Well, the Jets came back from Finland and managed to not look dead, so that’s a great start. Overall, it was a decent game played by the Jets, and it’ll get a Yay from me.

Next Action: The New Jersey Devils swing by for a game this Sunday, November 11th. Puck drop is 6:00 PM CT.

Brian Finlayson

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

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