Jets' rough luck on the road
|Winnipeg Jets left winger Evander Kane (r) is dumped by Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin during NHL hockey in Winnipeg Friday, December 23, 2011. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency)
The Winnipeg Jets are having some rough luck on the road.
On their last trip out of town, they went into Detroit with the Wings having won eight in a row at Joe Louis Arena.
On Tuesday night, the Jets will take visit Colorado with the Avalanche having won eight in a row at Pepsi Center.
“It’s the way it goes,” defenceman Mark Stuart said. “This team is playing well. So we just have to find a way to get a win. We weren’t happy with our effort before Christmas, and we got a couple days off to relax and we’re ready to go back to work against a good team.”
The Jets (16-14-5) have lost seven of their last eight on the road, and their mission is to improve their mark away from home in an effort to climb in the Eastern Conference standing.
“It seems like we’re meeting a lot of good teams recently, but that’s just the way the league is,” winger Chris Thorburn said. “There’s not a gimme game in this league, and this is a prime example of it.”
In addition to their hot streak at home, the Avs have won five in a row overall after a 4-2 win over the host Minnesota Wild on Monday night. They are ranked 11th in the Western Conference with a 19-17-1 record.
“We should feel good at home. This is our building, our fans, and we should be pretty comfortable playing here,” said Avs netminder Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who still get the start against the Jets. “The winning streak is one thing, but it’s not something that’s that important in the grand scheme of things.”
Giguere figures the Avs are playing with much more purpose.
“We play with a lot more desperation,” he said. “Our power play, our penalty kill are doing a better job, blocking shots and stuff like that. What I really like as of late, we’ve been playing very well defensively, not giving up a lot of scoring chances.”
Avs coach Joe Sacco said forward Cody McLeod, the pride of Binscarth, isn’t expected to face any supplementary discipline for his check from behind on Minnesota’s Jared Spurgeon on Monday.
The Avs didn’t make McLeod available to the media on Tuesday morning.
Ondrej Pavelec is expected to get the start in net for the Jets.