Konroyd's keys for Blackhawks-Jets

Konroyd's keys for Blackhawks-Jets
January 26, 2014, 12:15 pm
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Steve Konroyd

1. Quick start on a Jet-lagged team. The Winnipeg Jets won an impressive game last night in OT. They had a 4-1 lead mid-way through the game and then let the Toronto Maple Leafs back into it. It wasn’t that close a game and the Jets should have won it in regulation. It’s been a busy four days for Winnipeg. They played Thursday night in San Jose California, flew home on Friday, played the Leafs at home last night, and flew to Chicago in the wee hours of the morning. This should be a tired team, and you can make them feel a lot more tired by jumping on them early and getting a lead.

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2. These Jets can fly. The Winnipeg Jets are an impressive 5-1 since firing their head coach Claude Noel and replacing him NHL veteran Paul Maurice. Something I’ve noticed in the two games I’ve seen is the speed that they attack with. Guys like Evander Kane, Blake Wheeler, Michael Frolic, Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien come at you hard when they have the puck, and they come at you hard when you have the puck. 

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3. Power play, we need some power. The Hawks power play has been a strength all year. The once third ranked power play has slipped to fifth, and has only one power-play goal in its last five games. A goal certainly would have helped in their last game where they lost 2-1 in Minnesota. Getting shots through to the net seems to be the main problem, and this can be accomplished with quick, clean puck movement, and quick shots without a full wind up. As long as there is traffic in front, it doesn’t matter how hard a shot is – just get it through.