Minnesota Wild 2 Winnipeg Jets 1 – It was game one of five between these two teams in what is expected to be a very good divisional rivalry. For the Wild it was their first win of the season and they now have a record of 1-1-2 while the Jets fall to 2-2. Jets start a six game home stand Friday with another divisional game, home to the Dallas Stars. (TSN Jets, TSN 1290)
This is the first of 10 times this season that the Jets will be playing on consecutive nights. They are also in a stretch of three in four nights with the New Jersey at MTS Centre Sunday.
Jets were the better of the two teams in the first period despite being outshot and were tied at one, thanks to a late goal scored while they were on a five on three power play.
Interesting to note that in ten tries last season, the Jets did not score a goal while on a two man advantage.
Bryan Little (3rd) redirected a Toby Enstrom shot, giving both players a point in each of the Jets' four games this season. The game's opening goal went to video review and it was ruled that Jonas Brodin had the puck go off his glove and in rather than be intentionally direct it into the net.
The game winning goal came in the second period following an offensive zone face-off win by the Wild. Ondrej Pavelec, again outstanding, lost his goal stick and after stopping a sharp angle chance by Torrey Mitchell, felt the play should have been stopped with the puck under his pad.
However, Matt Cooke jammed at Pavelec's pad knocking the puck into the net.
Wild outshot the Jets 12-4 in the second and have now outshot their opposition 54-19 in second period action this season.
Jets did create some chances in the third period despite only five shots on goal, but Josh Harding shut the door to record the win in his first ever game against the Jets.
Final shots were 30-15 in favour of the Wild, and in post-game interviews Jets players were first to say 15 shots is not good enough.
Evander Kane led the way with four shots, Blake Wheeler was held to one, while captain Andrew Ladd had none.
Coach Claude Noel juggled his top unit trying to create more offense.
It's very difficult to judge the game simply because of the face-off results.
The Jets won only 26% of the draws and as a result were chasing the puck all night. Mark Scheifele was the best in the circle winning six of ten face-offs.
Bryan Little won only one of 20 tonight, at times the last two seasons Little would be in the 60% range.
Ladd did feel the team lacked "jump". Coach Noel agreed. "We chased a lot, and never created much." Kane also mentioned "too many turnovers."
The power play went 1-5, while the penalty kill for the second straight game was perfect, going six for six against one of the NHL's best power plays. Wild came into the game with five power play goals on thirteen chances.