The Jets bounced back from their disappointing loss to the Oilers as they defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 last night. Since I’m slightly strapped for time, it’ll be a somewhat brief edition today, but an edition nonetheless.
There wasn’t a recap in writing last night, however you can some of our “instant” analysis with help from our guest CorsiGuy! Listen to it here: Game 7 Audio Recap
Let’s dive in!
– Patrik Laine scored his 3rd of the season last night, reminding us all that it isn’t smart to leave him even slightly open while the Jets are on the powerplay.
– Blake Wheeler reached 500 career points with the franchise last night! Congrats Blake!
– The fourth line was given more ice-time than they have typically seen this season, and they looked really good in their time out there. The line of Perreault-Roslovic-Lemieux controlled over 60% of the shot attempts while on the ice.
– Dustin Byfuglien made his return to the lineup last night after sitting out two games with an injury. He had a productive return, tallying a goal and 2 assists.
– The game opened up a bit more in the third, however, I’m noticing the Jets having a difficult time while trying to enter the zone with speed. It appears teams have adapted to the Jets’ game plan, and the Jets have yet to truly figure out a solution. It’s definitely something to watch for going forward.
– Having Byfuglien back is a huge boost, but the bottom group of defensemen is continuously giving me headaches.
– Further to the defensive point, something has to be done about that third pairing of Morrow/Myers. I actually had to close my eyes a few times until they had moved the puck up the ice.
It was somewhat sloppy throughout, but the offense came through in the third. This win gets a Yay.
Next Action: The Arizona Coyotes come to town and face off with the Jets in an afternoon showdown on Saturday, October 20th. Puck drop is 3:00PM CT.