1. Can Connor Hellebuyck Sustain His Run?
Connor Hellebuyck had an outstanding end of October. In his final three games of the month, which were all within a week’s timespan, Hellebuyck picked up his first shutout of the season en route to a 2-0-1 record and stopped 111 of the 117 shots he faced.
The twenty-nine-year-old netminder made some incredible saves and was one of the main reasons why the Jets beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-4 and why the Jets picked up a point in their 2-1 overtime loss to the Vegas Golden Knights. There is a great argument to be made that Hellebuyck should have been named one of the NHL’s three stars of the week.
Hellebuyck looks to be in Vezina form, but the question is whether he can keep this up. I think most would agree that it is unreasonable to ask Hellebuyck to make over 40 saves a game.
If the Jets step up in front of Hellebuyck and limit the amount of high quality scoring opportunities he faces, then we could see the Jets remain at the top of the Central Division standings at the end of November. But if the Jets continue to rely on Hellebuyck game-in and game-out to steal points and he faces over 40 shots a game, this could be a long month for the Jets.
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