2. The Overtime Strategy is Puzzling
Despite winning the game in overtime, the Winnipeg Jets began the extra period with the combination of Adam Lowry and Mason Appleton. These two have begun the overtime period on the ice for the past three instances, prompting questions about the strategy.
3-on-3 overtime is built to let the players with the most offensive skill thrive, leading to exciting finishes and fast-paced action. With that in mind, playing Lowry and Appleton at all is mind-boggling, as a player like Cole Perfetti has yet to see the ice in the extra frame.
The argument for this strategy is that it worked once in the win over the Colorado Avalanche, but just because it worked once doesn’t mean you should keep doing it. Since the success, their overtime shifts feel like a waste as better offensive players are stuck on the bench. The Jets can better their chances if they move away from this.