NASHVILLE, Tennessee - After a gruelling 10 days on the road, the Winnipeg Jets were hit with more adversity before the puck dropped on the sixth and final stop in Nashville.
Paul Stastny was injured in warm-up and was unavailable for the game, and before the first period was over, the Jets had also lost goaltender Michael Hutchinson to an upper-body injury.
Nashville jumped on the Jets, building a 3-0 lead in the opening 8:49, and handed the Jets a 3-1 loss to close out the road trip.
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But while the Jets overall record dropped to 41-19-10 loss, captain Blake Wheeler was proud of his team.
"Name a team in the league that's down half their D- corps, and three of their four centres, and two goaltenders," Wheeler said post-game about an injury list that is now nine names long.
"There are nights you make excuses to make yourself feel better, and there are nights when the reality of the situation is that you're playing against a loaded deck. Our guys fought, man."