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Confident Jets prepare for Tuesday's Central Division tilt in Nashville

"I don't sense any arrogance in the group or that somehow it was easy... we have room to improve." -Maurice

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

NASHVILLE - With four straight wins on the road, the Winnipeg Jets (12-8-1) are a confident group as the prepare to take on the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

However, head coach Paul Maurice sensed that confidence comes with a feeling that there are still ways to get better.

"I don't sense any arrogance in the group or that somehow it was easy. Tampa had lots of opportunities on our goaltender and we have room to improve," said Maurice.

"I liked our Florida game. The Tampa one is hard to assess because they are a very good and dangerous team. We wouldn't have loved what we gave up in that game. Our goaltender was really good and sometimes that is road hockey."

Video: PRACTICE | Blake Wheeler

The two wins the Jets earned on this trip - wins over the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning - have improved the Jets record on the road to 7-3-0.

It has also helped ease the challenge of having three longer road trips in the first couple of months.

"It's the best part of being on the road, they spend more time together. They get to know each other. We had a fair amount of turnover this summer," said Maurice.

"We've had three extended road trips and we'll come home for a game and get another one in. I don't mind that early as long as you can survive it and play well."

In order to keep those good feelings going, the Jets will have to get past a Central Division rival looking to bounce back from a tough night on home ice.

The Predators (9-7-3) lost 7-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

"As long as I've been here we've had some good battles with them. They're going to bring their A-game because of it. It's going to be a fun one," said Jack Roslovic.

"Obviously taking care of business on the road out of conference is important for our points and it's a good set up to division games. The guys are confident, the guys are feeling good and I think we're ready to go."

Video: PRACTICE | Jack Roslovic

The loss dropped Nashville's record to 6-3-2 at Bridgestone Arena, where the Jets held a 40-minute skate on Monday after an off day on Sunday.

All the players that helped the Jets to Sunday's 4-3 win over Tampa Bay were on the ice and the line rushes were unchanged:








The trio of Nikolaj Ehlers, Blake Wheeler, and Roslovic has combined for four goals and four assists over the last five games.

"I think we've done a really good job. Initially when you make that switch your focus is on the defensive end of the ice," said Wheeler. "I'm moving to a new position and playing with a couple young players, it's a lot of responsibility for all of us. You focus on that end and I think we've been using our speed to come back defensively as much as we've been using it offensively."

The one focus of the skate was getting back up to speed after the day away from the ice on Sunday.

"When you change time zones and take a day off the ice, you'd like to capture some of the recovery that you have in that day off," said Maurice. "Then we have to get back to as fast as we can. All those drills were get the legs going and get pucks to the net."

In keeping with the theme of confidence and to spice up the end of practice, Maurice had the players do a version of curling, where select players had to try to hit certain spots on the ice by shooting the puck from a distance.

Losing teams had to keep skating until there was only one left.

"They didn't get any heads up on what that was," Maurice said with a grin. "There are about four or five of those different ones you can do."

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