Yays & Nays 18: Shear(y) Disappointment

It was a disappointing end to a somewhat entertaining night, as the Buffalo Sabres downed the Jets 2-1 in a shootout on a Conor Sheary winner. For the record, I’m not happy with myself for coming up with that title pun, but here we are.

There’s a lot to unpack here, so I’ll jump into it without making any further puns at this time.

Yays

– That first period was sheer domination by the Jets. They held the Sabres to just 4 shots, and controlled 76% of the shot attempts. No goals, but Carter Hutton was mainly to blame for that.

– Patrik Laine grabbed a beautiful assist on a Kyle Connor goal, adding to his somewhat small 5 on 5 point totals, but hey, nothing like doing it in style.

– I thought that fourth line of Petan/Roslovic/Perreault looked really solid tonight. In their time out there (an average of around 8 minutes), they controlled around 70% of the shot attempts when on the ice.

– Kyle Connor’s shootout goal was absolute filth, and I loved every second of it.

– The Jets grabbed 7 out of 8 points on this homestand, so all things considered, I’m pretty happy with that.

Nays

– Carter Hutton was an animal tonight for Buffalo, and it’s less so a nay for the Jets, but my god it was frustrating to see him weather the storm.

– There were a couple pretty costly penalties taken by the Jets that seemed to shift how this game was going. I thought that the Sabres looked sharper following the Trouba penalty halfway through the second. Further to that, the Tanev penalty at the end 2nd ended up costing the Jets, as the Sabres ended up tying it up early in the third.

– It was another one of those “play half the game, let the other team take over” sort of deals tonight, as the Sabres ended up taking over for a lot of the third.

Verdict

I know, it’s a rather short rendition tonight, but I’m dying with a cold and I’ve been out of it all day. All things considered, I think it went pretty well.

Oh, yeah, the verdict. I think purely based on the loss, it’ll be a light Nay. The homestand, however, gets a Yay.

Now, let’s all enjoy the weekend, and re-group on Monday.

Next Action: The Jets swing out west to visit the Vancouver Canucks on Monday, November 19th. Puck-drop is 9:00 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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