Sunday, October 30, 2011

Jets A Model of Inconsistency

One night the Winnipeg Jets were able to outscore the highly talented Philadelphia Flyers 9-8 in an old school, gun-slinggin' shootout in the city of brotherly love.

Last night, that same Jets team managed 28 shots against Dwayne Roloson and the Tampa Bay Lightning and could not find the net behind him.

Did the southern Florida sun get to the Jets?

One big positive is the Jets let in only one goal.

One big negative is that the Jets managed to score enough goals to win Saturday night's game 4 times over the game before and thus were out of offensive muscle.

However, 28 shots isn't anything to spit at.

Evander Kane had a glorious chance on a partial breakaway, only to see Roloson rob Kane with his right pad - on the goal line no less.

And give Ondrej Pavelec his due. After letting in seven goals on 43 shots against the Flyers, only one goal on 27 shots is a good bounce back game.

Saturday night's game was not Pavelec's fault - this time.

But with a season 3.75 goals against average, Pavelec has been the leader in the model of inconsistency.

In four games out of the eight games he has played in, his goals against average has been above 4.00. In only three has his goals against average been under 3.00.

Inconsistency follows us up front to the likes of Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler, and Andrew Ladd - and through Kane in the mix for good measure.

Nothing against their known offensive prowess and skills, but these four players are the core of the Jets offensive machine and they have, for the most part, being firing blanks.

Thank goodness for Nik Antropov and Alexander Burmistrov - both just under point per game players this season.

Pointing out the inconsistent players may show cause for concern that they will get going eventually - but when that eventually finally occurs is anyone's guess.

A model of inconsistency has finally finished its first month back in the NHL in Winnipeg.

Let's hope for the opposite of that in November.

Photo Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports & Getty Images

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