Jets set for Blue Jackets (with updated D pairings)

- November 12th, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The next step in trying to stop the habit of losing for the Winnipeg Jets comes Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, a franchise that has its own issues with attempting to break the habit.

The Jets (5-8-3) are looking to snap a four-game losing skid, while the Blue Jackets are 2-12-1, which is the worst start since the Ottawa Senators in 1992.

Jets head coach Claude Noel was in a snarly mood on Friday after the Jets lost 5-2 to the Florida Panthers and the players are feeling the same frustration.

Becoming numb to losing simply isn’t an option for the Jets.

“I think it’s kind of been a problem with this team over the last 11 or 12 years, however long they’ve been in the league,” said Jets centre Bryan Little. “They’ve kind of gotten used to losing and (Jets coaches and management) are making it clear that it’s not acceptable.

“Claude made a statement after last year that this is a new team, a new city, different circumstances. There’s more pressure on us and (losing) is not acceptable. You don’t want to get used to losing. We want to try and win every game and a game like (Thursday against the Panthers), we can’t have those.”

Noel was bursting with energy after the morning skate and said the key to establishing a winning culture is elementary.

“The culture thing is not that difficult if you have good people and we have good people that care,” said Noel. “They’re not used to winning and when you want to become a winning organization, it takes time. It takes time to change some things. Work ethic, the standard you set, the way you conduct yourself. We have some youth. We have to get some things changing. We’re trying to get some things changing, through the leadership group, through the coaches, everybody.

“It’s an investment you need to make and we’re making that investment. But it doesn’t happen overnight. I can deal with the patience part of it. But you have to work. Everything has to happen through work. You work in practice, you work off the ice, on the ice and you prepare yourself. That’s where we’re slipping in some areas. We’ve got to be way better in those details.”

Here’s how we expect the two teams to start Saturday’s game, which can be seen on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and heard on TSN 1290.

Based on the pre-game skate, it looks like Noel is going to see if pairing Dustin Byfuglien with Mark Stuart brings some positive results.

That leaves Zach Bogosian with Johnny Oduya and Mark Flood with Paul Postma.

Jets Gameday lines

Evander Kane-Nik Antropov-Alex Burmistrov
Andrew Ladd-Bryan Little-Blake Wheeler
Tanner Glass-Jim Slater-Kyle Wellwood
Kenndal McArdle-Tim Stapleton-Chris Thorburn

Defence pairings
Mark Stuart-Dustin Byfuglien
Johnny Oduya-Zach Bogosian
Mark Flood-Paul Postma

Goalies
Ondrej Pavelec (Chris Mason)

Blue Jackets Gameday lines
R.J. Umberger-Jeff Carter-Rick Nash
Antoine Vermette-Samuel Pahlsson-Derek Dorsett
Vinny Prospal-Mark Letestu-Ryan Johansen
Matt Calvert-Derek MacKenzie-Jared Boll

Defence pairings
Grant Clintsome-James Wisniewski
Fedor Tyutin-Nikita Nikitin
Marc Methot-John Moore

Goalies
Steve Mason (Allen York)

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1 comment

  1. John says:

    I would like to read and hear about the “Jet” positives- [A very motivational thing]
    It makes me feel better about the team. As well as the players-
    They know their faults before you do.
    Be a Homer for a change -at least a better one and critcize the other teams in the league.
    Not that you do not write positves -
    Just saying!!!
    And that being said!!!!

    John K
    North of The 49th.

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