'No easy games' for Jets
Still winless in second of back-to-back games
|Jets winger Andrew Ladd (left) is checked by Rangers defenceman Steve Eminger during NHL action in Winnipeg last October. (Brian Donogh/QMI Agency/Files)
NEW YORK - The Winnipeg Jets will face a stiff challenge on Tuesday night when they play their last game before the NHL all-star break.
The Jets will battle the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are tied with the Boston Bruins for the conference lead, while the Jets are 10th with a 22-21-6 record.
The Jets will have five days off after Tuesday night’s game, in which they will be looking to end a two-game losing streak.
Winnipeg is 0-7 when playing the second game on back-to-back nights, and it lost 2-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night in Raleigh, N.C. Combine that with New York’s stellar play this season, and the Jets will be in tough.
“There are no easy games, let’s be real, whether you’re playing the Rangers or anybody,” head coach Claude Noel said. “The road, it presents a challenge for us, and there are no easy games. Managing your energy and short shifts are going to be some real keys in that game.
“It’ll be interesting to if we’ve got any energy, but that’s something we’re going to have to battle through. It’s a big game for us, as they all are.”
The Jets are 7-13-4 on the road this season, while the Rangers are 14-5-2 at home.