Bell MTS Place Has Not Been Kind To The Canucks
The home was a great place Friday night if you were the Jets Vs Canucks. Coming into tonight Winnipeg was 8-1-0 in 9 games against Vancouver since moving. It wasn't just at home either. The Jets Vs Canucks won all 3 meetings last year.
Coming into tonight was two different teams than previous years. Vancouver was coming in with a 9-4-3 record while the home team had an 8-7-1 record. Winnipeg was expected to make the playoffs again this year. Jets Vs Canucks was going to be another good measuring stick.
Sniper Patrik Laine has had a slow start to the year and he was hoping to get it going for the Jets Vs Canucks. Only 3 goals on the year so far. If NHL fans have learned anything about Laine is that he is a bit of a streaky Goalscorer.
With all the firepower for both teams. Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser and J.T. Miller for the Canucks. And first time in the line up for Sven Baertschi after being sent down to the Utica Comets to start the season. Mark Scheifele, Nikolaj Ehlers and the pre-mentioned Laine led the Jets in Scoring this year.
This might just end up being a goaltending duel in Jets Vs Canucks. Thatcher Demko lead's the NHL in both Goals Against Average and Save Percentage. And Winnipeg's Connor Hellebuyck was also right up there as well. A 2.41 GAA but a .930 save percentage. This Jets Vs Canucks matchup might be decided by how many goals don't go in.
An Uneventful 1st Period Jets Vs Canucks
The first period seemed to be both the Jets And Canucks feeling each other out. A lot of Neutral zones play and dump and chase hockey to start the game. It was again very fluid as the first 8 minutes or so didn't have many whistles. Demko looked a bit nervous played the puck at times as he almost made several clumsy mistakes.
Tyler Meyers had a strong first period. Playing over 8 minutes in ice time against his former team. He also received a video tribute during the first timeout. He made a couple of strong defensive plays to stop chances for Winnipeg. Using all of his 6'8 frames he stretched out and stopped a 2-1.
A couple Saves by both Demko and Hellebuyck kept it a 0-0 game.. A post by Brock Boser helped as well. Both goalies were living up to their stat lines. The crowd wasn't quite in the game yet so now was a perfect chance for the away team to strike.
Jets Vs Canucks were able to weather a late period surge by the away team. Canucks led 13-9 in shots and had a 68% Faceoff win percentage. They were not getting as much zone time as usual though. this was a problem last night against the Chicago Blackhawks. Hopefully, the second period would give us a little more excitement.
Jets Vs Canucks Picked Up In The Second
The second period was a bit more of what fans might have expected. Two high powered offensives like this and a 0-0 first period? No no we want goals, well for Vancouver, such biased writing. Lucky me Vancouver opened the scoring but it wasn't the best period.
After saves on either end Vancouver rushed into the Winnipeg end and Petey found Boeser on the sidewall. A quick turn and wait and he found Troy Stetcher coming in off the point. He found J.T. Miller in front of the net for the Tap in and the Canucks scored the rare first goal of the game.
It was short-lived as the Jets Vs Canucks came right back on the powerplay. After killing off one to Bo Horvat Vancouver could not kill off the next to Jay Beagle. For someone, so injury-prone Chris Tanev sure blocks a lot of shots. He was limping around after a Laine shot and was lucky they didn't score then.
As soon as he was able to get off Winnipegs Jack Roslovic scored his 3rd of the season from Blake Wheeler and Neal Pionk. Tie game and it didn't stop there for the Jets Vs Canucks. After killing off a penalty of their own The Jets scored again on a turnover from Vancouver. Tanner Pearson couldn't get it in deep to change and was made to pay.
Scheifele scored on a rebound after Demko made the first save but was unable to clear the rebound. Connor got his 7th assist of the season on the goal and a lifeless Vancouver team couldn't get anything going. The best thing for Canucks fans might have been this beautiful move by the Alien but it didn't lead to a chance. This might be a cursed arena!
— Joshua (@JoshuaGriffith0) November 9, 2019
We Saw This 3rd Period Last Night
It was the same old nightmare Jets Vs Canucks. The same thing we saw last night that we didn't see in the first 15 games of the season. Vancouver came out flat for the team behind 1-0. Ehlers hit the crossbar early which could have put it out of reach. This was not a wake-up call, unfortunately.
Sven Baertschi took a tripping penalty which helped the Jets Vs Canucks to stop any momentum. Winnipeg was happy to play the dump and chase game and make Vancouver do the same. After killing off the penalty EP40 had a chance where he looked to sky afterward. He has been doing that a lot so far this year.
The game slowed right down which benefited the home team. No one could really get anything going and you know the Jets Vs Canucks were happy with that. One of Vancouver's bright spots again jake Virtanen got a chance just after the halfway point in the period. He tried to go glove side but was stopped by Hellebuyck.
Vancouver couldn't get any real chances on the Winnipeg Goalie. Most of the changes were from the side or shots from the point. Bo Horvat had a chance off a turnover with 6 minutes left in the 3rd but could not tuck it past Hellebuyck. Cue the start of the end.
Tyler Meyers who had been solid so far in his return turned it over at the blueline. Kyle Connor took it back the other way and basically ended the game for the Jets Vs Canucks.
Ohhhhhh KC!! That's a BEAUTIFUL goal!! 🚨 pic.twitter.com/Z106J0ctZ0
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) November 9, 2019
Vancouver couldn't get anything going to end the game. This was the second game in a row where you didn't think they would come back. That should start to worry Canuck fans. An all too familiar 3-0 empty-net goal ended the game. Winnipeg finds themselves heading in the right direction while the Canucks do not.
Two Teams Jets Vs Canucks Going In Different Directions
Vancouver goes to 1-2-2 in their last 5 games and is on a bit of a slump. The worst thing is they have not played well the last two games. things won't be getting easier or slowing down. They do get to lick their wounds and head home. but a surging New Jersey Devils team will be who they play Sunday afternoon.
Another Battle of the Hughes brothers as Quinn and Jack face off for the second and final time of the year. Quinn will be looking to get his Canucks back into the win column. While Jack while look to continue on his hot streak since scoring against the Canucks.
The Jets are starting to look like the Jets people thought we would see. 3-1-1 in the last 5 games and starting to get goals. If Connor Hellebuyck keeps playing like he is then Winnipeg might go far again this year. Despite all their offseason loses to the Blue line General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff seems to be able to fill it with players.
Winnipeg plays again Sunday when they host the also hot Dallas Stars. The western conference is so close right now a streak can take you right to the top of the standings.
And on the other side a losing streak. Like the one, the Canucks are on. Could cause you to fall out of the playoffs rather quickly. It is still early in November but every point counts. Let's hope Jets Vs Canucks was the second of two bad games. We don't have time for a losing streak.