Jets need to protect their house
Ken Wiebe, QMI Agency
|Andrew Ladd (left) and the rest of the Jets are hoping to defend their home turf with 14 of their next 18 games at MTS Centre.
WINNIPEG - Home sweet home?
After playing 12 of the first 17 games on the road, that’s what the Winnipeg Jets are hoping for as they attempt to snap a five-game losing skid on Monday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
A look at the schedule shows 14 of the next 18 games will be played at the MTS Centre.
Since the Jets are only 2-3 on home ice so far, they recognize it’s time to make life a little tougher on their opponents.
“The energy (in the building) is in the top five in the league, we just have to use it to our advantage and build off that and keep (the opponent) thinking it’s going to be a long night,” said Jets forward Chris Thorburn.
“At times, there are spurts where we’ve been dominant but it’s not consistent enough.”
The Jets are trying to feed off their fans, but haven’t turned the strong vibes into positive results so far.
“You can feel the energy — as soon as you get a couple of good bumps, a goal or a penalty kill, the building livens up,” Jets forward Tanner Glass said earlier this week. “It’s about playing well and the fans will follow.
“It reminds me of playing in Montreal. When you play there, you hear every ooh and ah, positive or negative. It’s a knowledgeable fan base and we need to play well in front of them.”
With a record of 5-9-3, getting on a roll at home could help turn the tables.
“It goes back to the way we need to play; we need to play a fast-paced game,” said Jets captain Andrew Ladd. “Being at home, you have to use that energy to your advantage and a lot of times that means getting up and playing with that extra jump.”
Results at MTS Centre
— Nov. 9 vs. Florida Panthers, 5-2 loss
— Oct. 24 vs. New York Rangers, 2-1 loss
— Oct. 22 vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 5-3 win
— Oct. 17 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 2-1 win
— Oct. 9 vs. Montreal Canadiens, 5-1 loss
Goals for: 11
Goals against: 16