FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED

Ken Wiebe’s take­aways from last night’s game vs. the Blues

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1 Allen stands tall

Blues goalie Jake Allen won the bat­tle of the masked men on Fri­day. Al­though the team de­fence in front of him was pretty sti­fling dur­ing the third pe­riod – when it took the Jets more than 13:30 to record a shot on goal – Allen was tested plenty in the first 40 min­utes of play. Allen’s best save of the night came with just over a minute re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion and with the Jets net empty in favour of an ex­tra at­tacker, as he robbed Mark Scheifele on a one-timer from the high slot.

2 Com­ing up empty

The Jets power play en­tered the con­test sec­ond in the NHL in terms of ef­fi­ciency, but they were zero-for-six on Fri­day and lim­ited to only four shots on goal. Blues de­fence­man Robert Bor­tuzzo did an ex­cel­lent job while short­handed, block­ing four shots. The Jets also lost the spe­cial-teams bat­tle when de­fence­man Colton Parayko had his shot redi­rected in for a power-play marker.

3 Pay­ing more at­ten­tion

Af­ter Jets sniper Pa­trik Laine scored five times on five shots on goal in the pre­vi­ous meet­ing be­tween the two clubs, it’s no sur­prise the Blues paid more at­ten­tion to him in this one. Laine was on the re­ceiv­ing end of a big check from Jor­dan Nolan early in the con­test that re­sulted in an el­bow­ing mi­nor. But nine sec­onds into the power play, Laine re­ceived a rare dou­ble mi­nor for rough­ing. Laine hit the post on a one-timer dur­ing a sec­ond pe­riod power play, but was lim­ited to one shot on goal on eight shot at­tempts.

4 Fourth line im­pact

Al­though they didn’t gen­er­ate a ton of of­fen­sive chances, the Jets fourth line of Jack Roslovic, Ma­son Ap­ple­ton and Bren­dan Lemieux helped draw a pair of penal­ties against the Blues. It was the type of ef­fort that will help Jets head coach Paul Mau­rice find in the neigh­bour­hood of dou­ble dig­its for ice time for the trio. On Fri­day, Roslovic fin­ished with 9:34, Ap­ple­ton had 8:01 and Lemieux played 7:47.

5 High en­gage­ment

In his first game back af­ter miss­ing four with a con­cus­sion, Jets de­fence­man Dustin Byfuglien was no­tice­able for the right rea­sons. With Josh Morrissey miss­ing a sec­ond game with a lower­body is­sue, Byfuglien ended up play­ing a game-high 28:56 in the con­test, fin­ish­ing with two shots on goal (and four shot at­tempts), one hit and one blocked shot.

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