NHL Rink Dressing: Jets – Canadiens; The Kings lose Doughty; Malkin pendant light

Jets Most Valuable Player – Canadiens

Morgan Barron, Jets

After being nil in his first five games with the Jets, Morgan Barron had a goal and an assist against the Canadiens on Monday.

In his previous 18 games for Rangers (13 games this season, five in 2020-21), Barron has managed one goal and one assist. It was part of the important trade who sent Andrew Copp to Rangers. (Rangers selected Barron in the sixth round [174th overall] in 2017.)

Ranking Andrew Copp’s trade, Athletic’s Corey Pronman wrote the following (sub-required) about Morgan Barron:

Morgan Barron is a big center with good hockey sense and competitiveness who can finish from mid-range but is heavy-footed. He has a chance to be a fourth line center. Also note that he is traded the same day his brother Justin is transferred to Montreal.

Nothing wrong with seeing what Barron, 23, can bring to the table as the Jets’ season is toast.

Jets – Canadiens Highlights

With just one NHL game on Monday, check out all the Jets – Canadiens had to offer:

Monday NHL Takeout

Hard blow for the Kings: end-of-season operation for Drew Doughty

With mark the stone Heading into a comeback, the Kings already seemed to have a tenuous hold on their playoff spot. Now the Kings must hold on without Drew Doughty, as he underwent season-ending surgery.

As this post notes, they have at least some experience. Doughty has been out since March 10 and has played just 39 games in total this season.

The NHL suspends Yevgeny Malkin for four games

In a somewhat surprising verdict, the NHL suspended Evgeni Malkin four cross-check games Mark Borowiecki.

Frankly, Malkin’s history of blurring the line (at best) when he loses his temper is robust enough that it’s honestly a little surprising that he’s only been suspended twice in his career. (That last verdict counts.)

What do you think of the decision? Feel free to share in the comments, on social media or elsewhere. Just… you know, try to be more civil than Malkin was with Borowiecki. Here is the explanatory video:

What can we expect from the Winnipeg Jets after another losing season?

Remember when the Jets seemed like they were built for years of contention? Not so long ago, this seemed like the team of the future.

Heading into this season, expectations weren’t as high for the Jets as they were then. Still, with what seemed like a more capable defense, a playoff berth wasn’t an outrageous thought.

Instead, the Jets faced the Canadians with the same thoughts. Every team was thinking about next season, at least when they weren’t already dreaming about golf and vacations.

So what kind of expectations should we have for the Jets going forward? If you want an interesting drill, realize how many different Jets players look like they could be part of something more successful.

  • Possesses Kyle Connor produced the quietest 40+ goal season in ages? It is remarkable that he has a chance at 50. Connor is also in his prime at just 25.
  • Also silent: Marc Scheifelepoints per game season (70 points in 67 games).
  • They have always appreciated the quality production of Blake Wheeler and Nikolaj Ehlers. Some may also forget that they use Pierre-Luc Duboiswho posted numbers (26 goals, 54 points) and showed a serious rumble (100 penalty minutes).
  • You can watch Connor Hellebuyck(0.911 save percentage before Jets – Canadians) and thinks he stumbled. If so, he is only dipped by his own high standards. This Hockey Viz graphic points to a guardian who continues to shine:

[PHT’s latest Power Rankings]

That inflated expected goal tally above alludes to the bad part. Some of the Jets’ best offensive players also rank among their biggest defensive problems.

Really, it’s kind of mind-boggling to see Kyle Connor and Mark Scheifele display the drastic extremes you see in visualizations such as Evolving Hockey Player Cards.

Does the good outweigh the bad? It’s an easier pro-con situation to bear given that neither Scheifele ($6.125 million cap reached through 2023-24) nor Connor ($7.14 million through 2025-26) are breaking. the bank.

However, to take a step forward, the Jets must find answers.

How many of these defensive issues come down to who are these forwards? With such extreme underlying numbers, could a coaching change solve some of these issues? If not, is it about putting Connor, Scheifele and others in really extreme offensive situations and finding really good defensive forwards to take on huge burdens in their own zone?

Despite those troubling past seasons, it’s not that hard to imagine the Jets figuring that out. Connor Hellebuyck is often in the conversation for the best goalkeeper in the world. They possess top scoring skills. cole perfect is the kind of perspective that might help, and maybe soon. Maybe a drive upgrade can fix some issues.

Nonetheless, right now the Jets look more than a little lost (although they did win against the Canadiens).

A big story for Tuesday

Can the Rangers fight the Metropolitan Division away from the Hurricanes?

For much of the time, it looked like the Hurricanes were headed for a Metropolitan Division title. The biggest question revolved around whether or not they could grab the top spot in the East.

Amid some modest stumbles, the Hurricanes’ ambitions are now more subdued. Heading into Tuesday’s game against the Rangers, the Hurricanes hold just a two-point lead (102-100) for the Metro title. While the Hurricanes would still retain a decisive advantage, the Rangers could create a virtual tie by beating Carolina in regulation time. Both teams have played 73 games so far this season, so there is no playing advantage to consider.

Ultimately, the Hurricanes hold a significant advantage over the Rangers to win the Metro title. It’s remarkable that Rangers have gained so much ground, and it could get very tight if the Hurricanes lose on Tuesday.

Jets – Canadians score

Jets 4, Canadians 2

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Write to him at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

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