WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets open their home schedule Friday against the Nashville Predators needing to re-establish dominance at MTS Centre.
Friday marks the start of a five-game homestand for the Jets, who have been outscored 7-1 in losing their past two games after they opened the season with a 6-2 win at the Arizona Coyotes on Oct. 9.
Jets coach Paul Maurice offered a simple message for his players prior to the home-opener.
"Enjoy it," he said. "Get fired up. Use the crowd, for sure."
Home ice served the Jets well during the 2011-12 season, their first in Winnipeg, when they had a 23-13-5 record. But the Jets have a 31-27-7 home record the past two seasons, and their 18 home wins last season were the third-fewest in the NHL.
"Over the past couple of years we [have expected] more out of ourselves, and I think the fans expect more out of us," Jets center Bryan Little said. "I think there has been more pressure from the people of Winnipeg, but we put that on ourselves too. We know that the way we have been playing is not good enough. We're trying to take the next step."