Blake Wheeler is tired of taking the “positives” out of losses and who could blame him? Call it a hump. Call it a hill. The reality is the Jets are scaling a mountain — a steep one — and one that is looking more and more like an impossible task as they struggle to take that next step.
Blake Wheeler did his best to push his team along on Thursday night. He opened the scoring and then tied the game up after the Jets found themselves down 3-2, due in large part to the same glaring inconsistencies that have had them flirting with .500 all season long.
“It’s been a while that we have been dancing around this,” said Wheeler. “I don’t know, we are going to have to figure that out as a group. Right now, that one stings a little bit.”
Wheeler’s effort was a sight for sore eyes in the loss. The right-winger has had his own inconsistencies this season, including a long scoreless drought. But even with his solid performance, taking those positives are wearing thin on him.
“We have been talking positives out of losses to long,” said Wheeler. “It feels like three years…come after a game like this and say ‘well, you know you did some good things.’
“You got to stay positive and draw from the positives from the game; we did a lot of really good things. But we didn’t do enough to win the game, that’s the bottom line.”
Wheeler wasn’t alone in his sentiment. Jacob Trouba didn’t have an answer for the Jets’ woes but said it is something the team needs to figure out, and soon.
“It is something to figure out as a team, something that we have to correct, or else,” said Trouba. “We got to start winning some games here so that is something that we have to correct as a team. We are going to look at it and hopefully make some adjustments.”
Claude Noel didn’t think his team deserved to win on the night.
“It was a tough point to lose, I don’t know that we deserved to win, I think we could have won,” he said. “It is just stuff that we have been over and are going to go over again. You have to just take charge of the situation, at some point you have to recognize.
“Somewhere it has to unclog, somewhere the experience has to take hold.
“Right now we are a .500 hockey team and .500 isn’t good enough, it is not going to cut it and it hasn’t cut it in the past. It has put us below the line. We know the urgency of all that stuff but it has to happen in our action and not our words. Substance is in our actions.”
The Jets will get one more shot to salvage a win on their current three-game home stand on Saturday against the Dallas Stars.
Scott’s Scribbles: The Jets have now played 20 one-goal games this season, winning just seven of those contests…The Jets have not won a home game since a 3-2 shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Nov. 15th.