The Jets had a practice!

- April 8th, 2013

Yes, believe it or not, the Jets were able to have a practice this morning. That is news because in this condensed season there hasn’t been much time to work on things.

Maybe that’s why head coach Claude Noel was in such a good mood when he met with the media today. The last time the Jets had two days off between home games was back in mid-February. Other than that it’s been travel days or optional practices or game-day skates.

A few tidbits from today’s practice and the chats with the players in the dressing room afterwards …

• The Jets spent much of the practice working on line rushes. There was also some special teams work. Not much different than a usual practice. The coaches were no doubt happy to have the time.

• I watched Jacob Trouba for a while, and he looks like he has the ability to fit in right away. He moves really well and isn’t fooled too often by a forward’s moves. It looked like he’s quite agile on his skates, if you know what I mean.

• Trouba met with the media, and he already has that part down pat. There was a big pile of cameras and microphones in his face, and he had no problem joking around. He was very comfortable.

• Trouba is staying with billets while in Winnipeg, and his parents just left town yesterday. He was jokingly asked if he will have a curfew at the house, and he noted it shouldn’t be too much of a problem because he doesn’t have a car.

• Remember at the beginning of this season when the Jets said they were going to focus on team defence a little more? I talked to Mark Stuart and Claude Noel about that, and neither says it’s good enough yet. I’ll have that story online later today and in Tuesday’s paper.

• I also chatted with Kyle Wellwood, whose younger brother Eric had his right leg slashed by his own skate in an AHL game last night. Kyle hasn’t talked to Eric, but he was told by Eric’s team’s trainer that he’s doing well and has already had surgery to repair an artery that was cut. Is it just me, or have there been way more skate cuts this year?

• We can’t forget about the big picture, of course. The Jets are now two points behind the Washington Capitals atop the Southeast Division, and they are two points behind the Islanders and Rangers for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. All three of those teams have at least one game in hand on the Jets, too. The Buffalo Sabres are in town tomorrow night, and the Jets probably have to win six of their final eight to get into the playoffs. So tomorrow isn’t a must-win, but it’s close.

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