Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jets Finally Return Home after Long Road Swing to Face Division Rival St. Louis

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jets Finally Return Home after Long Road Swing to Face Division Rival St. Louis

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Jets know they have to play better than .500

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WINNIPEG - They haven't played a home game since No. 23 but life on the road hasn't been all bad for the Winnipeg Jets.

The Jets were 4-2 away from the MTS Centre, but as head coach Claude Noel would say, nobody is dislocating their shoulders patting themselves on the back. And with good reason as Winnipeg (14-13-4, 32 points) is sixth in the seven-team Central Division and stands 18th in the NHL's overall standings.

Forward Blake Wheeler, who had two goals and three assists on the six-game road swing, says the Jets have plenty of incentive to improve.

"That should be the motivation, we haven't accomplished anything," he said Monday after practice.

"We're far away from achieving anything and that should be motivation enough. You said it right there."

Winnipeg has reached the NHL playoffs just once in franchise history, dating back to its inception as the Atlanta Thrashers in '99 before relocating to Manitoba in 2011.

And Noel's future in Winnipeg just might depend on how the Jets finish. While Noel doesn't sound all that concerned about sitting 18th overall, he does say the Jets need a new benchmark for success.

"I think .500 has been the grade for us and we have to have to get a little bit over that," he said. "We know what we have to do.

"I don't think we have to be reminded of that. We could help ourselves a great deal this week because we're dealing with divisional opponents and they're four point games. If we could grab two clean points per game, that would really help us."

Winnipeg's first home game since a 3-2 shootout loss to Minnesota will come Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues. Then the Jets will face the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday before playing the Dallas Stars on Saturday. …

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