January 30, 2013
Everything sunny for Winnipeg Jets
By KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency
MONTREAL - As far as slam dunks go, they don't get much easier for the Winnipeg Jets than Thursday night's clash in Sunrise, Fla., against the Florida Panthers.
Not since the Jets returned to Winnipeg last season have they faced a team that is struggling as much as the Panthers (1-5-0) are right now.
They can't score.
They can't defend.
They can't stop pucks.
They're banged up.
Other than that, everything is sunny in south Florida.
The Jets, on the other hand, are off to a tidy 3-2-1 start, which is much better than the prognosticators predicted. Despite the reasonable record, head coach Claude Noel was still in an owl mood the morning after his team's 4-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Tuesday night.
His angst actually goes back to Sunday night's 5-4 overtime victory at home over the New York Islanders. He's seeing things that bother him, and he wants them eliminated. Pronto.