WINNIPEG - Great effort, unfortunate result.
This seems to be a theme for the Winnipeg Jets who have assembled a 1-1-1 record following a three-game home stand since returning from the bye week.
Winnipeg ended the run at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday with a well played, hard fought battle - losing 2-1 in overtime to the Nashville Predators and now sit three points back of the final wild card spot in the West. Obviously three out of a possible six points isn't what the group wanted, but feel they have reason to be confidant in their play over the last few games.
"This has been a tough stretch coming off the break, I mean we play the two of the top teams in the league," said Kyle Connor who had four shots last night.
"We're playing good hockey too, it's right there. We out chanced the other team the last three games we've had and they're pretty good teams (Boston, St. Louis and Nashville). That's a sense of where we're at, we're playing good hockey. We just have to stick with it and keep up the confidence."
Video: PRACTICE | Kyle Connor
From a defensive point of view, the Jets have cut down the high danger chances. The website Natural Stat Trick has the Jets surrendering only 17 since the break. Unfortunately, the attention to detail at the defensive end has not been rewarded with goals at the other end.
"I think it's just a matter of time. I think we have to stay with it and our big guys are getting their chances as well," said Logan Shaw.
"Our goalies are playing the right way and if they stay with it and we keep playing the way we are playing right now; I think it's going to keep going in the right direction."
Video: PRACTICE | Logan Shaw
The Jets held a 30 minute practice at Bell MTS Place on Wednesday before departing to St. Louis ahead of Thursday's game with the Blues.
Here are the line rushes:
Paul Maurice said that there will be at least one change to the lineup on Thursday night in St. Louis as Nathan Beaulieu will draw back in on the blueline. Beaulieu has missed the last 14 games since suffering another injury from a blocked shot.
"He joins us last year and I guess we would describe him as a gamer. He's coming off his third broken bone from blocked shots. He's dropped the gloves with guys that might be out of his weight class at times. He is a gamer for sure," said Maurice.
"At this time of year there's real value in that compete level. There's just scratching and clawing in front of your net and bang pucks out. He's fired up."
Video: PRACTICE | Paul Maurice
Andrei Chibisov was recalled by the Jets Wednesday morning and took part in practice. The Russian will travel to Missouri with the club. Chibisov has seven goals and 24 points in his first season of pro hockey in North America - playing 46 games with the Manitoba Moose. He will not play against the Blues but Maurice has liked his development.
"Of available players down there he had played very well and while I don't necessarily have a lineup change up front based on his work, his size and his hands I might want to see him here," said Maurice.
"We may rotate players up and down, that may happen here because we still have some time on Matty Perreault before he comes back. So we're going to have the 12 (forwards) here plus one for a while."