Hockey has Started
Well, the preseason did not start off well for the Winnipeg Jets. The Edmonton Oilers beat them 4-0 in a game they dominated from the very start. Stuart Skinner made 19 saves against the Jets at Rogers Place. The game was in Edmonton which was the first preseason game for each team.
On the positive side of things, David Rittich made 22 saves in the showing and Rick Bowness debuted as the Jets coach. It wasn’t the game I was anticipating, but the premiere of a new coach was great to see. The growing pains will be evident as they switch to an entirely new set of systems.
There were a few good opportunities to score, although nothing could get past Skinner. There are still more opportunities for them to turn things around before the start of the regular season though. I’m hoping as the roster is finalized, we can see some higher scoring games from the new squad.
The other team in Alberta had a good showing this weekend as the Calgary Flames took out the Vancouver Canucks in two games. The first game saw the Flames win 3-2 in an overtime stunner after dropping a 2-0 lead late in the game. Jonathan Huberdeau scored during his Flames debut in the squad’s other matchup that weekend. They ended up taking that game 4-0 in a marvelous effort.
I look forward to seeing how well each Canadian team does this year. It’s about time a team from the Great White North took home the Stanley Cup. I don’t mind if it isn’t the Jets, all I hope is that it isn’t the Toronto Maple Leafs that take it home! Don’t worry, this column won’t just be about hockey from now on. I am just really excited for the season to start with the Jets new head coach.
I sincerely hope everyone enjoys this upcoming season of hockey and the emotional rollercoaster the first half of the year can be. My next NHL update will be well into the regular season, so stay tuned for more!