Friday, 6 January 2012

Jets Road Woes Continue

The Winnipeg Jets had the best month in franchise history in December going 10-3-1 and getting themselves as high as 6th in the Eastern Conference. Many fans believe that this team is being helped by the MTS Centre crowd, which has now been regarded by almost all sports media as the loudest building in the league.

The problem with the Jets push to make the playoffs is that they are one of the leagues best home teams but one of the worst road teams. Simply winning games at MTS Centre will not get this team into the playoffs. They need to start proving that they are a legitimate contender in the East and the only way to do that is to start winning road games.

After the New Years win against the Maple Leafs, The Jets were blown out 7-3 in Montreal and then were shut out 4-0 last night by the Maple Leafs in Toronto. There is no reason to start hitting the panic button just yet, but if they lose a few more road games there soon could be. One also must remember that Dustin Byfuglien is out with an injury and Pavelec did have an off game against Montreal.

Ondrej Pavelec Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Winnipeg Jets blocks a shot by Brian Gionta #21 of the Montreal Canadiens in NHL action at the MTS Centre on October 9, 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The game is Winnipeg's first NHL regular season game in 15 years.

The Jets are in Buffalo to take on the Sabres on Saturday night. The Sabres currently sit three points behind the Jets in the East.  This is a must win for the Jets as they don't want to continue their slide in a very tight East Division.