Yays & Nays 9: What An…Interesting Game

In a game that saw the Jets recover from two deficits, it left me somewhat stunned. The Jets downed the St. Louis Blues 5-4 in OT last night, and wow, it was a game.

Time to take a look at the good and the bad, shall we?

Yays

– Maurice took out the line blender in the 3rd period, and came up with:

Laine-Scheifele-Wheeler

Ehlers-Little-Connor

Copp-Lowry-Perreault (Mainly due to the game misconduct to Brandon Tanev)

I was a pretty big fan of what I saw, and would hope to see some experimentation like this in upcoming games.

– The third period was pure domination from the Jets, controlling 81% of the shot attempts.

– We will all remember where we were when we witnessed Ben Chiarot assert himself as an elite offensive weapon in that third period.

Nays

– The first period was atrocious, and frankly I was struggling to stay awake. You can’t allow that kind of pressure to start a game.

– For yet another game, I found myself wondering if Blake Wheeler is playing injured. He currently only has 1 point at 5v5, and seemingly only looks at home on the PP.

– Mentioning it for the billionth time, but that third pairing is bad. So, so bad.

– I thought Hellebuyck looked somewhat shaky last night, so it’ll be something to watch as he currently carries a sub-.910 save%.

– Lemieux and Roslovic’s combined TOI was less than 5 minutes. Not a fan.

Verdict

Well, it wasn’t pretty, but it’s a win. For a team that looks far from it’s potential, being 6-2-1 is a pleasant surprise. I’ll give the game a Yay for the win, but there were a lot of things I was groaning about when I was watching.

Next Action: The Maple Leafs come to town on Wednesday for a 6:00PM CT battle with the Jets.

Brian Finlayson

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

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