FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED
Ken Wiebe’s takeaways from last night’s game vs. the Blues
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.