Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Jets Coach Claude Noel Vows to Shake Up Lines Again in Search of Wins

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Jets Coach Claude Noel Vows to Shake Up Lines Again in Search of Wins

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Jets coach shaking up lines to spur scoring

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WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets will be shuffling the deck again as they look to find a combination of forwards who can put the puck in the net and help keep it out of their own as well.

Coach Claude Noel hasn't been shy about moving players around, even shifting them from their usual spots at centre or wing, as he looks for matchups that work.

The Jets (4-5-1) are in Ottawa to play the Senators (6-3-2) Saturday.

A third-period collapse that let the Toronto Maple Leafs leave Winnipeg with a 3-2 win was the latest headshaker for Noel, as he grasps for something to kick his offence into gear.

"To say I'm disappointed would be an understatement," a visibly disgusted Noel said after the loss.

"I've got the one line that's minus all over the place and so you've got to make changes. You just can't sit back and watch this, you've got to (start) juggling this thing around."

It's still relatively early but, with the loss, the Jets slipped below .500 and out of playoff contention for now in their sophomore season.

After a promising start, they've lost four out of the last five, consistently lose the faceoff battle and their power-play performance has flipped from above average to anaemic.

It probably says something that one of the few players Noel had praise for after the game was 24-year-old defenceman Zach Redmond, brought up from the AHL to fill holes caused by injuries.

Redmond scored his first goal and third point in the last two games and spent more than 24 minutes on the ice, a measure perhaps of the confidence he has won in just four games.

"He's just getting better, he's getting stronger all the time, one of our better players for a young player," says the coach.

The Jets defence overall has been strong offensively, with Tobias Enstrom the leading scorer at 13 points. He's riding a career-best, eight-game point streak as the top-scoring defenceman in the NHL.

Dustin Byfuglien, who hasn't even played the last four games, is still fifth on the Jets' scoring list with seven points.

So far, however, whatever combo Noel has tried with his forwards has failed to produce consistent results. …

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