The Jets kicked off their home schedule with a 2-1 win over the Kings last night. The game itself, while low scoring, was largely dominated by the Jets. The Kings opened the scoring early with Ilya Kovalchuk’s 1st of the season. The Atlanta Thrashers all-time leading scorer hadn’t netted an NHL goal since April 25th, 2013. That was all the Kings could muster, as the Jets took over from there. A closer look at last night’s game can be seen in our Postgame Wrap-up, which has been lovingly provided from my fellow contributor, Alistair. Check that out here:
Now, let’s get down to business.
– Kyle Connor scored his 3rd goal of the season, and is now on pace for 82 goals. That’s math.
– The Jets were firing everything tonight, outshooting the Kings 39-17. In total, the Jets put 56 shots towards the Kings net.
– With his first period goal, Mark Scheifele has now scored against every team in the NHL that isn’t named the Jets.
– Just briefly, I have to touch on how glorious Mathieu Perreault’s hair was in the opening ceremonies. I am also obligated to mention how great Kyle Connor’s flow is to start the year. Both obvious “yays”
– I’ve already mentioned it, but that third pairing still scares me.
– The Ehlers/Little/Laine combo has shown very little chemistry in the past, so what makes this time different?
– The 4th line of Perreault/Roslovic/Vesalainen saw very little time throughout this entire game. Perreault led the line in TOI with 7:30, while Kristian Vesalainen rode the bench for all but 4 minutes and 52 seconds.
– I’d like to see a shooter on that second PP unit. Right now, it’s just a lot of passing and sub-optimal shot selections.
Overall, I think the Jets played a great game and feasted on a slower Kings squad. There was a lot to like, but still a few things to look at on the “nay” side of things. I’ll still give this game a definite Yay.
For their next matchup, the Jets fly south and visit the Predators on Thursday, October 11th. Puck-drop is 7:00PM CT.