By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
The Winnipeg Jets are back home, fresh off a six-game road trip that saw them pick up four wins. While the Jets are happy with the road trip’s results, Jets’ head coach Claude Noel knows that there is a tough divisional test awaiting his team starting with St. Louis on Tuesday night.
“I think games in our road trip, in a general sense, was a pretty good road trip,” said Noel. “I think we know we could have done a little bit better, possibly, but you got to be keeping things in perspective. It was a decent road trip.
“More than that, I think we accomplished a lot of things a little deeper than the game, score, or what the record is. I think there was some things created on the road that were a real help to us.”
Noel says he team hasn’t forgot what conference they’re in after their six-game eastern swing.
“I don’t think we have forgot what conference we are in because we went out east,” he said. “I think there will be a quick reminder of that against St. Louis. We won’t forget to quickly.
“If we show up to compete for 60 minutes I think the results will take care of themselves. We are in close games, they can go either way, but I think we can win the majority of those games.”
Jets forward Blake Wheeler was also happy about the overall results but said the team is not satisfied.
“I don’ think we are satisfied,” he said. “I thought we could have taken one or two more but four out of six is definitely good. You take more positives out of it than the other way.
“We take confidence in the fact that, if we are on our game, that we can beat anyone in the league.”
Meanwhile, Mark Scheifele, who scored the overtime winner in their 2-1 decision over the Tampa Bay Lightning, says the team needs to carry on through the good things from the road trip into their upcoming three-game home-stand.
“We definitely have a lot of good things that came out of that road trip and I think we just need to carry that on through these next few games,” said Scheifele. “We have some tough opponents, some divisional opponents too, so we need to carry this on.”
Scott’s Scribbles: Evander Kane is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and will need to get some practice time in before he “gets going” according to Claude Noel…Zach Bogosian has hit a “bump in the road,” but not a setback, Claude Noel said today while adding he is “a ways away” from returning to the lineup.