Kane, of the Evander variety, came up big for Winnipeg Wednesday night as the Jets (3-3) beat the Hurricanes (1-3) in their second preseason matchup. Things were looking up for the mighty Hurricanes when just 54 seconds into the second, Tim Brent scored on a wrister assisted by Jiri Tlusty and Tomas Kaberle. Unfortunately the Jets used the third period to even the score and Evander Kane netted a point on a tip-in off a Patrice Cormier pass. The tide turned and the Jets’ Blake Wheeler followed 54 seconds later with his own wrist shot. Kane bookended the scoring with an empty net goal scored with 33 seconds left on the clock as Brian Boucher looked on from the bench.
The Canes have not yet proven the existence of the power play going 0 for 5 while Winnipeg was 1 for 6. The Canes have got to find a way to move that number in the positive direction. No one wants a repeat of last season’s power play drought but right now there is no forecast for rain.
Shooting in general dried up as the boys in red were outshot by the Jets in every period with a paltry 3 shots attempted in the second and only 5 in the third. Winnipeg out shot the Canes 38-18.
Also absent in the matchup besides the lack of scoring was a lack of fire by some of the young players trying to break the roster. Canes fans and coaches were hoping to see a little extra from players like left-winger Zach Boychuk. Boychuk had over 11 minutes on the ice but had nothing to show for it after the game with a row of zeros across his stats for the evening.
On the positive side, Jeff Skinner led the team in shots with 4 and as the TSN announcers mentioned multiple times was “putting on a clinic” for shooting and skating. Despite coming away with a loss, Brian Boucher had a solid performance in net and blocked 35 of 37 shots.
The roster was trimmed this morning as forwards Drayson Bowman, Zach Boychuk, Chris Durno, Jon Matsumoto, Jerome Samson, Brett Sutter and Chris Terry, defensemen Justin Krueger, Mathieu Roy and Bobby Sanguinetti, and goaltenders Mike Murphy and Justin Peters were assigned to the AHL Charlotte Checkers. Durno, Matsumoto, Roy, Sanguinetti, Peters, Samson, Brett Sutter are all waiting to clear waivers.
Tags: Blake Wheeler Bobby Sanguinetti Brett Sutter Brian Boucher Charlotte Checkers Columbus Blue Jackets Drayson Bowman Evander Kane Jeff Skinner Jerome Samson Jiri Tlusty Justin Krueger Justin Peteres Mathieu Roy Mike Murphy Patrice Cormier Tim Brent Tomas Kaberle Winnipeg Jets Zach Boychuk