Winnipeg – Back to the drawing team?
Although a few subtle changes may go a long way to finding a solution, it is not so easy.
One night when the Edmonton Oilers played the role of kryptonite for the Winnipeg jets, there were many lessons to be learned from the operations if they were to be ready to dig beneath the surface.
Many things are in focus as Jayce fell 2-5 with the Oilers in the season following their 3-0 defeat to the Edmonton Oilers.
The Jets have yet to figure out the formula when it comes to trying to control the dynamic duo of Connor McDowid and Leon Drosight, but this is an issue that most teams continue to pursue.
A quick look at the statistics sheet will show that McDowev was a full scorer for his ability to post the seventh consecutive multipoint game against the Jets – and his impact was undeniable, adding two more first assists to his league-leading ledger.
But in diving a little deeper, the Jets actually did a pretty decent job of hiding McDowie even more forcefully – with one obvious exception – as the Oilers did more of their damage with human damage, striking goals for a two power game.
On that solo-strength goal, the Jets’ failure to clear the defensive cost the price as McDowtie’s counter-attack dropped Kyle Connery to the front of the net and blocked the pass in front, allowing Jesse Buljourje alone to score 2-0.
Although the Jets have made several occasions against the Oilers this season, this is a highly editable error.
This is part of making McDowell such a game breaker.
That doesn’t mean the Jets should drop the template, but when you go against two of the best players in the world it is necessary to minimize mistakes and execute accurately because they don’t need as many chances to pay the opponent.
The big problem is that the Jets have not been able to collect much in the competition, which has not kept the Oilers McDowid and Troisite in the snow.
The Jets couldn’t get any of the big guns or those valuable filler pieces.
“It doesn’t matter which team you play against, you have to fire at all times,” Jets center Mark Schiffel said. “Every boy should be ready at any time. It’s definitely a learning lesson going forward.”
You can never deny this.
After demanding two of the first three meetings, the Jets dropped to four Iyers in a row, and they were placed on five goals in that interval.
“They have an energetic power play in which they took advantage of many opportunities. Closing their two big men, they always seem to find the score,” said Adam Lori of the Jets Center. “This will be one of our challenges moving forward, and how to neutralize them a little bit.” I think we have guys, we have a team that can do that. That kinks are moving forward and we are getting ready for the next two games. “
There is a good line when respecting your opponent and giving them more respect, which will lead a team to play with a little caution.
“It’s just that you know you’re out on the ice in different situations and things like that. They’re two incredible players and incredible talents. They scored in the league for a reason,” Lori said. “How do you play them, don’t give them a ton of room, stop them.” Force it to start, go down the body wall and go from there. They are world class players and they are going to get opportunities. It’s about controlling the number three or less, it’s a kind of goal.
“You can not go out there and try to play straight defense against them. You have to get out there, this is the big part of the game. You have to go out there and try to advance the buck and try to get some chances and some chances, even when they are in the snow. It’s important to try and use it. It’s a balancing act. You have to be vigilant. When those two are out, be a little more defensive, but at the same time you can not just focus on blocking goals. “
Of course Oilers goalie Mike Smith did his part, setting aside all 26 shots he faced for the third shotout of the season, though he didn’t do much work. The Jets simply didn’t make enough offense or make life too hard for Smith, let alone combine more prolonged zonal time into one night when most of its players could not find their skating legs.
“We’m not particularly moving the buck. It’s a real key to keeping those two (McDowid and Drosight) quiet,” said Jets head coach Paul Morris. “But once the playoffs begin, the emergency game will disappear for everyone. The emergency game has arrived and it will be grounded in the web.
“The games will be tight. In previous low-scoring games I didn’t feel they were created anywhere close to the offense against us. We were so comfortable with what we gave up in the game, we didn’t go a lot.”
Whether jet planes can spend more time trying and controlling the performance of McDowid and Trozitlin can prevent them from imposing their will or dictate the style of play they must play to win. Oilers?
“I don’t know if this is a recipe for any game you play, where you don’t focus on their best players,” Maurice said. “They will do the same for us. I do not think this is the story or the fit of the game. They have scored a goal against us, but I thought we did a good job against them, but away from them, we did not create a whole hell. I do not think we will. I thought it was a really tight game. “
The Jets have two more meetings with the Oilers, who will arrive after two games against the Toronto Maple Leafs starting Thursday.
All three teams continue to jockey for a place in the Northern Division.
With the jets failing to close the gap between themselves and the top spot at one point on Saturday, the Oilers are now entering the rearview mirror close, three points behind but two games in hand.
This race catches the figures and more to go down the wire.
As the possibility of a reunion of an old Smith faction between the Jets and Oilers in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs grows, next week those final two meetings could serve as a confusing visual setting for what will be their post-season battle after 1990. .
Maurice said lasting seven games in a row against teams currently in the playoffs would be a valuable opportunity to test some things and provide some more hints and clues as to what styles would be most effective against them.
What did the Jets learn about the Oilers?
“Well structured team and they were very tight in their decision. I don’t think we were in a position to test them, as well as want to test them,” Maurice said. “This is not a new team. They’ve got some things that are good for them. ”
There are some things in jets that are good.
On Saturday they were not good enough for the show.
That’s why they look for solutions instead of celebrating a turning point after a successful counter punch.