Jets defence hasn't improved much

Winnipeg Jets' defenceman Mark Stuart was at a loss Monday to describe why the commitment to better...

Winnipeg Jets' defenceman Mark Stuart was at a loss Monday to describe why the commitment to better team defence hasn't paid off. (Winnipeg Sun file photo)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:48 PM ET

WINNIPEG - The plan going into the season was to play better team defence.

So far, the plan isn’t working.

Last season, the Winnipeg Jets finished 26th in the NHL when it came to fewest goals against. This season, they are giving up exactly the same number of goals per game (2.95), and they were tied for 22nd in the league going into Monday night’s action.

Making matters even worse for the Jets is they are scoring half a goal less per game than they did last season. As a result, their goal differential is an ugly minus-22. If you’re wondering why the Jets are currently out of the playoff picture, that is the basic reason why.

They have eight games remaining to make the first 40 irrelevant when it comes to those stats, and it starts on Tuesday night at home against the suddenly surging Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres are two points back of the Jets in the Eastern Conference and have a game in hand.


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