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Jets Still In The Playoff Hunt

from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Things have gone sour in Jetville of late, what with the superb run in December now spoiled by a poor start—five losses in six games—to 2012. And, it’s true, getting out of this funk ASAP could ultimately determine whether the Jets stay in the Eastern Conference hunt or crash and burn.

But if you’re looking for anything more here from this bunch—a quick fix, a miracle transformation or some sort of brilliant inspiration from Noel—you may be disappointed.

And so it was early Saturday evening when Noel, fresh from watching his team lose 2-1 to the New Jersey Devils, took to the podium for his post-game address to the media.

“This isn’t the time to start beating up on this team, that’s not going to happen. Not from my standpoint,” said Noel. “You’re going to have to play with the same kind of will… it’s not like you’re going to reinvent the way you play and all of a sudden you’re going to create more goals.

“We’re going to prepare the same way, we’re going to battle through this thing, this thing will get resolved. We just want to get it done sooner than later. This is the time for us to really rally around each other. This isn’t the time to start fragmenting all over the place. We’ll rally around it, we’ll get it going and we’ll get back to work.

“We’re not far off, we’re right there.”

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Matt Fry's avatar

Is the title an unintentional play on words?  Because it works for me. wink

Either way, they’re only five points out of a playoff spot/ out of the SE division lead.  There’s always a chance.  Getting Bfuglien back I think would go a huge way to getting out of this bad spot.  Not necessarily because of his defense but he eats up big minutes and teams always have to worry about him jumping up into the play (even if he is a bit of a defensive liability).

Posted by Matt Fry from Winnipeg on 01/16/12 at 02:26 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

Maybe the Jest will play the Chefs in the playoffs.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 01/16/12 at 02:45 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

Surely you jest.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 01/16/12 at 02:48 PM ET

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