The Jets are becoming very good at not hitting the net, but Alex Burmistrov took it to a whole new level during Friday’s 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh.



The talented young Russian dispy-doodled his way past Kris Letang on the right side and broke in all alone on Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury. Everything was going great — until he shot the puck. Burmistrov not only missed the net; his shot from in close actually went over the glass and into the protective netting.

Going into Saturday night’s action, only the Ottawa Senators had missed the net more than the Jets this season. You don’t win if you don’t score, and you don’t score if you don’t hit the net. The Jets are not hitting the net, so they’re not scoring and they’re not winning.

That’s why they actually worked on hitting the net during Saturday morning’s practice at MTS Iceplex, and they will work on it in a game on Sunday night when they host the Boston Bruins (8-2-2) to close out a three-game home stand.

Burmistrov has plenty of company when it comes to missing the net. Evander Kane is the poster boy, having missed the target a league-leading 28 times even though he is tied for 19th in shots that do hit the net.

It’s simple math, really, and it’s an important part of their game they must turn around immediately if they’re going to get out of the doldrums that have them sitting with a 5-7-1 record.