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Jets set franchise mark with big December

Wednesday, 04.01.2012 / 1:36 PM / Feature
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Jets set franchise mark with big December
The Winnipeg Jets made a big statement in December by putting together the best month in franchise history.
December Stats
GP 14
W 10
L 3
OT 1
P 21
P% 0.750
G/G 2.42
GA/G 1.86
PP% 18.4
PK% 86.7
S/G 29.7
SA/G 31.3
FO% 52.4
WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets made a strong December a team mission, and they close out the month with the benefits to show for accomplishing that mission.

The Jets set a new franchise mark with a 10-3-1 December, the best month in team history, and posted wins over the likes of the Boston Bruins and Minnesota Wild, among other upper-echelon competition.

"We were talking as a team before our big homestand here that we wanted to win nine or 10 games," Jets forward Kyle Wellwood recalled, "and it seemed like a lofty goal at the time, but we've been able to come together and do it."

With 12 December games at the MTS Centre in front of their fanatical fans, the Jets rolled off a 9-2-1 home record to climb from 13th place to seventh in the Eastern Conference.

"We made hay," Jets coach Claude Noel said. "We really played well through the month, and we have to carry that through. When you look at the game tonight and the games this month, the biggest difference is our team play is really solid. We're responsible. We're playing with some real passion, and we're doing some really good things. I don't see it changing on the road. Maybe there's a little difference in battle level, but all in all we've done good."

But the Jets now face some post-holiday bills to pay with January's arrival. The Jets begin a four-game road trip this coming week in Montreal and will play nine of 13 games in January away from Winnipeg. Bringing the effort they display each night in front of their fans will be crucial on the road for the Jets.

"We should carry this swagger over," right wing Blake Wheeler said. "We should bring this on the road with us and have the same mentality, the same fight we have at home and just want to go out and do the same thing on the road. If we can be a good road team, then we're going to be right there in the end."

But Winnipeg's five road wins this season are the second-fewest in the Eastern Conference. The Jets have emphasized that they must improve their 5-8-4 road record and took a step toward that goal on Tuesday by ending Colorado's eight-game home winning streak in taking a 4-1 decision against the Avalanche.

"We want to keep climbing," defenseman Zach Bogosian said. "We can't be satisfied. We haven't had a chance to prove that we're good on the road yet, but we're going to be thrown right into the fire. It's going to be a good challenge, a good test."

Among the stops on the Jets' itinerary will be stops to play Boston, New Jersey, the New York Rangers, Ottawa and Philadelphia, all teams that currently occupy some of the top-eight spots in the Eastern Conference.

"That's the hard part," Wellwood said of the upcoming schedule. "This was the easy part of the season, December. We can be happy that we got ourselves in a playoff spot [now], and that's what we wanted. We're satisfied with that, but January's the tough month and you've got to play at least .500 or better. So we've got to do that."

Author: Patrick Williams | NHL.com Correspondent

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 64 41 16 7 192 155 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 64 31 25 8 179 181 70
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 64 22 30 14 52
B. Little 64 24 27 11 51
B. Wheeler 62 17 29 14 46
D. Byfuglien 64 15 27 8 42
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 64 10 26 3 36
M. Frolik 64 13 20 4 33
D. Stafford 58 11 17 -19 28
J. Tlusty 54 13 11 -18 24
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 19 7 5 .919 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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