Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Jets Have Two Home Games to Recover from Latest Case of Road Rash: Jets Need to Recover from Case of Road Rash

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Jets Have Two Home Games to Recover from Latest Case of Road Rash: Jets Need to Recover from Case of Road Rash

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WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets have two home games this week to recover from their most recent case of road rash and coach Claude Noel is showing signs of frustration.

At the MTS Centre, before sold-out crowds of screaming fans, the team has taken on some of the NHL's best and won.

Going into Thursday's game against San Jose, Winnipeg's home record of 14-6-1, including wins against the Boston Bruins and Minnesota Wild, who were both at or near the top of the standings when they lost to the Jets.

But something happens when the former Atlanta Thrashers squad gets on a plane. Their dismal road record of 6-11-4 includes a loss to Columbus, which currently sits in the league's basement.

Before their latest trip, Noel was sounding hopeful that might all be in the past.

But in their four most recent games away from the Manitoba capital, the Jets managed just one win in overtime over the slumping Buffalo Sabres to fall to 10th in the Eastern Conference.

The culmination was a 5-3 loss in Boston, a game where the Jets led 3-2 in the third period.

"To me that third period was a big moment for us," Noel said Thursday, as the Jets prepared to take on the Sharks.

"We could really have established a lot of things for our team and for ourselves and we give up a goal eight seconds in. That's what was really demoralizing."

And it wasn't the first time the Jets have started well but failed to finish.

"We have to prepare ourselves to give just as big a push emotionally in the third period," said Noel. "For me that's one of the things we hoped we learned off of that."

Noel has also let it be known lately when he isn't happy with how individuals are contributing -- benching star forward Evander Kane for a good chunk of the Boston game, or publicly scolding Eric Fehr.

Noel says he prefers to deal with players one-on-one rather than in the media.

"You guys are very good at provoking emotions," he told reporters Thursday, when asked to explain his remarks if they weren't intentional. …

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