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Jets Journal: Regroup & Refocus

The Jets have to put Monday night's loss behind them and look forward to the Rangers.

Tuesday, 27.03.2012 / 11:42 AM / News Articles
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
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Jets Journal: Regroup & Refocus
It\'s a tough day around the Winnipeg Jets dressing rooms and around the True North Sports & Entertainment offices, after the heart-breaking loss to the Ottawa Senators last night at the MTS Centre. Their playoff hopes have slipped further away and now the eighth place spot seems a lot further away.

THE MORNING AFTER

It's a tough day around the Winnipeg Jets dressing rooms and around the True North Sports & Entertainment offices, after the heart-breaking loss to the Ottawa Senators last night at the MTS Centre. Their playoff hopes have slipped further away and now the eighth place spot seems a lot further away. 

"Today is a hard day for the players and the staff," said coach Claude Noel. "It's hard because we just finished a three in four nights with travel, and the emotional roller-coaster of the game and the disappointment of the game is tough to deal with today. The players are tired, spent, and physically fatigued."

The same words echoed around the dressing room from player to player.

"Sometimes the hockey gods are cruel,"  Blake Wheeler told media Tuesday morning. "That's what we learned from last night. There's games throughout the year when maybe you squeak out points that maybe you don't deserve and there are games where you think you deserve a better fate than you got. I think last night fell into the later part of that.

"It's heart-breaking almost," he said. "You put everything you have into it and when you look at the end result and say, that's not the way it's supposed to go. You take the result with a grain of salt but sometimes you can play half as well as we did yesterday and the results are there, but for whatever reason, they are not there right now."

TIME TO REGROUP

The mood in the room was although no-doubt disappointed, there was a strong feeling of refocus and regrouping as a team. The feeling was: it's not over until it's over.

A few players and coaches took to the ice this morning for an optional skate. The bright side of today was that injured Chris Thorburn and Nik Antropov were part of that skate. Other skaters on the ice today were: Jim Slater, Ben Maxwell, Spencer Machacek, Mark Flood, Mark Stuart, Grant Clitsome, Randy Jones and Chris Mason in net.

"Tomorrow is another day and we have to regroup," said Noel. "Today they need to do whatever they need to do and same with the coaching staff. Tomorrow the sun comes up and we have to look forward to getting back to work and playing the Rangers, a tough team- a new challenge. Strap it on and let's go. That's what you have to do."

Evander Kane tied things up last night at 17:03 of the third period as his line crashed the net and it paid off. The very next shift, the Senators scored to regain their lead and crush the Jets' hopes of forcing overtime.

"You wake up the next morning after a loss like that and you have to think about the next game," said Kane. "It's something you have to put in your rear-view mirror and forget about because we have to move forward and just try to finish out the season strong. We can't quit, and we're not going to. We have six games left and we have to try to win them all."

"It's a disappointing day today but we still have games to play and still have time left," said  Wheeler. "We have to come to work tomorrow with a new attitude and be ready to play and hopefully that helps us get over the disappointment from last night."

Even though the hike to get into a playoff spot looks like Mt. Everest today, there is still hope and the season isn't over until the very last game.

"It's not like we're eliminated yet," said Bryan Little. "There is still a slight hope but like I said, we can't be talking about making the playoffs and being so worried about it, we just have to try to play our best hockey and win as many games as we can."

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
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 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 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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