Monday, October 17, 2011

The Winnipeg Jets Are Playing Like The Atlanta Thrashers

 Dustin Byfuglien #33 Of The Winnipeg Jets Disputes

The Winnipeg Jets were welcomed back to the Manitoba capital just over a week ago, when they opened their season at home against the Montreal Canadiens. The Jets went on to lose that contest by a score of 5-1.

Since that game, the Jets went 0-2 on a road trip, where they were outscored 8-4, against the Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes.

Now the Jets will return home where they hope to get into the win column for the first time this season, when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Jets/Thrashers franchise has won just one game in their last 13 meetings against the Penguins, over the last three years.

If the Jets lose tonight they will embark on another two-game road trip,with an 0-4 record, and still be the only team in the league that has yet to grab a point.

A loss tonight could set into motion the Jets returning home on October 22nd, after their two game trip against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, with an 0-7 record when they face the Carolina Hurricanes. A record that will surpass the 0-6 start the Thrashers started with during the '07-'08 season.

A homecoming where the Jets have grabbed zero out of a possible 14 points might not be too welcoming. In order to avoid this fate, players like, Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien, who have been held pointless, need to make their presence felt on the ice.

Outside of Byfuglien and Kane two, Jim Slater and Ron Hainsey, are tied for team lead in points with a dismal two points, in three games played. While ten other players, including team captain, Andrew Laad, and Alex Burmistrov, are tied with one point.

The Jets will also need a better effort in net, both Chris Mason and Ondrej Pavalec boast goals against averages of at least 4.00, and have allowed a combined 13 goals on 75 shots.

The Jets will have to start winning before they can be seen as something other than just the Atlanta Thrashers, relocated.

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