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Jets Journal: Rest bite

The Jets take a day off before heading on the road for seven game trip

Tuesday, 10.25.2011 / 12:37 PM CT / Jets Journal
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
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Jets Journal: Rest bite
The Jets take a day off before heading on the road for seven game trip

The Winnipeg Jets were given the day off following their 2-1 loss to the NY Rangers Monday night.

The players will enjoy the day of rest before they hit the road Wednesday to play seven games in 14 days starting in Philadelphia on Thursday. Two of the seven games are against division rival Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Jets are currently at the bottom of their division with five points.

"You'll see a different side of us on the road," Noel told media Tuesday. "If we're going to be a playoff team, which I think we're capable of doing, you're going to have to win on the road, there's no question. Your target has to be being a 500 team. We're a little ways away from that but that's the first step. You've got to win one and then you go from there, it's no different then at home."

Although the Jets win-loss column does not display solid success at the moment, Noel is positive that the team is moving forward and that the wins will start to fall into place soon enough- "it just takes time."

"The biggest challenge is finding ways to win but I think we're taking steps in the right direction," he said. "Winning will show up. We just have to continue doing things the right way and playing the right way and these things will work themselves out."

The Jets are 22nd in the league in the goal department, scoring 17 goals in eight games. Third period scoring has been the weakest link having scored just one goal and outscored 10-1.

"Weather you look at first period, second period or third period, they're not coming in droves," said Noel after the Rangers game Monday night. "I think if you watched or asked the players, a lot of them would like to be gettin' going. It's not something that has been easy for us to obtain weather it's the third period or whatever, they're just not coming very easily."

“That’s the difference in winning or losing," said Chris Mason after Monday's loss. "We’re getting there, but we just seem to be having a tough time putting it all together in back-to-back games.”

Nik Antropov, the lone goal scorer against the Rangers says everyone on the team is feeling the frustration of not scoring in the third period.

"At one point we were in their (Rangers) zone for about three minutes and the rule worked, if you don't score, you get scored against and that's exactly how it worked out." Antropov commented on the third period efforts Monday night.

Noel believes in setting targets for his group, reachable targets. He says his focus isn't on the entire road trip, it is merely a focus to win the first game and move on from there.

"You have to have targets for your team to reach. You just have to always be able to always reassess your targets. If you think that they are too far away,  then you have to reign in the targets and make them closer and more reachable."

The lines will continue to juggle until the right combinations are found and so will the goalies. Noel revealed very little as to what he has in mind as far as who plays with who and who will be in the crease for the Jets come Thursday.

"It'll continue because we're trying to get people unclogged so it'll continue for a bit and we'll sort through that stuff.

"Anytime you can create competition within your team it's healthy." said Noel on the goaltender situation.




1 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54


A. Ladd 75 24 35 11 59
B. Wheeler 73 24 34 24 58
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
M. Scheifele 75 14 32 10 46
D. Byfuglien 66 16 27 7 43
M. Frolik 75 17 23 4 40
D. Stafford 69 16 24 -14 40
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
J. Tlusty 65 14 15 -18 29
T. Myers 65 7 18 -9 25
O. Pavelec 19 14 7 .919 2.35
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
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