Sunday, October 16, 2011

Game #4: Jets vs. Pens

Winnipeg Jets (0-3-0) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (3-1-2)
Monday, October 17, 2011
MTS Centre 7:30 PM CT
Radio: TSN 1290

After a road trip that saw the Winnipeg Jets fall 4-3 and 4-1 in Chicago and Phoenix respectively, the team now returns home for a rare home game in the first two months of the season when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at MTS Centre.

The Jets are coming off that loss in Glendale where Andrew Ladd scored the lone tally - his first of the season - and the team, once again, was hemmed in their own zone for the majority of the game.

To make matters worse, consistency has been an issue for the young Jets, who were setback 34 seconds into Saturday night's game only to have three power plays on which they did not cash in on after the Coyotes opening goal.

Head coach Claude Noel took apart the Jets top line of Andrew Ladd-Bryan Little-Blake Wheeler last game and inserted rookie Mark Scheifele between Ladd and Wheeler.

The newly created line had the Jets only goal.

Little still remains pointless this season, with a -4 rating so far.

"We had a lot of build-up before the season, being excited about being back in Winnipeg and all that, and I think maybe the hockey got overshadowed a little bit and we’re kind of finding out the hard way right now." Claude Noel told the Winnipeg Free Press' Tim Campbell.

"Obviously there are all the turnovers and then there's big shifts in every game -- after goals, first shift of the game, first shift of the period -- that we need to be stronger at and better at." Jets captain Andrew Ladd told Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press.

Now the Jets prepare to face the Pittsburgh Penguins, who started the season with a string of Western Canadian home openers, winning the ones in Vancouver and Calgary before losing to Edmonton in a shootout.

So far, the Sidney Crosby-less Penguins have been led by winger James Neal, who has five goals and one assist in six games, and Kris Letang who has one goal and five assists in six games.

The Penguins lost their Saturday night tilt to the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 and will head to Minnesota to play the Wild on Tuesday night following the game at MTS Centre.

You can watch the game on TSN-Jets with Dennis Beyak in Canada and on ROOT in the US.

The game is also available on TSN 1290 in Winnipeg with Brian Munz and Shane Hnidy.

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