By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
In a time where the Winnipeg Jets need points galore, they have made it a point to settle for a single or none at all. Frustration is quickly setting in for a team falling rapidly out of the playoff picture.
The Jets 3-2 loss in the shootout to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night is their latest defeat in a winless streak that now extends to five games. While never something to look at in a positive light, any other time of the season might be excusable for such a slide. But for a team caught in quickly dwindling playoff race, it adds up to a disgruntled bunch.
“For sure, especially at home, we can’t find a way to win the games at home – it’s tough,” said Michael Frolik who tallied his 13th goal of the season in the loss.
“We understand we needed to so yeah, it was tough. We move on,” said Andrew Ladd, who knows his team needs to reboot before Friday’s game against the New York Rangers. “We have done a good job of resetting and coming out hard, playing hard and creating chances.
“Sometimes the puck goes into the net for you. Right now, it doesn’t seem to be.”
The Jets penalty woes continued in the first period again on Wednesday night. Having spent eight minutes in the sin bin in their loss on Monday night, the Jets spent another six on Wednesday. While their penalty kill may rank fifth-best in the league, the time a man short isn’t helping them produce the offence they need down the stretch.
“Well, the penalty kill was good again, but we definitely need to cut down on that,” said Jim Slater. “I don’t know how good the calls were — we weren’t happy about a few of them — but our penalty kill played well to kill them off.”
For head coach Paul Maurice and his squad, the five-game winless streak matches another black mark from this year when the team was coached by Claude Noel.
“You want to feel it a little,” said Maurice of the frustration that has formed in the dressing room. “You don’t want to walk in there and say don’t worry about it. You are putting a hard effort in and you want to get good results and when you don’t you should feel it a bit.
“We want to make sure we have a clear understanding of where we were good and where we weren’t tomorrow, and have that a part our game plan against the New York Rangers.”