Ah, the classic PHT jinx. We write a glowing post about some team or another, and they respond by completely falling apart.
Since last week’s homage to the Winnipeg Jets, the Jets have:
— Lost 5-2 in Philadelphia, where Connor Hellebuyck allowed four goals on just 21 shots
— Lost 4-1 in Boston, where the Jets managed just 12 shots against 38 for the Bruins
— Lost 3-1 in Carolina, where the Jets were outshot 40-29
— Lost 3-1 in Minnesota, where they were held to 16 shots against 26 for the Wild
Add it up, and ever since we sang their praises, the Jets have been outscored 15-5 and outshot 126-89. And just to throw some advanced stats into the mix, when it comes to score-adjusted Corsi, no team in the NHL has been worse than Winnipeg in its last four games (41.3).
At the very least, there were signs of improvement against the Wild.
“It was the way the game went,” head coach Paul Maurice told reporters after the loss. “We tipped their second goal in and it was a perfect tip and we were about an inch shy on everything we did. The margin for error was real small. It’s going to look like that for us right now. We’ve got to be prepared to play those type of (tight) games and get comfortable in them.”
To be fair to the Jets, they still have a long list of injured players, including veterans Tyler Myers and Bryan Little. They’ve also played a lot of games in a short time — last night’s was their 12th in 21 days.
But there’s no rest for the weary. A big Central Division clash awaits Friday in Nashville, where the Predators (9-7-3) are starting to gain some momentum after a slow start.
In the last week alone, the Jets (9-11-2) have slid right out of a playoff spot. They’re now one point back of the Preds for the final wild-card spot, with Nashville holding three games in hand.