Some Jets step it up while others take step back

Jets captain Andrew Ladd is the one player head coach Paul Maurice should rely on heavily down the...

Jets captain Andrew Ladd is the one player head coach Paul Maurice should rely on heavily down the stretch. (Brian Donogh/QMI Agency/Files)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:47 AM ET

WINNIPEG - It's crunch time for the Winnipeg Jets, but usually this is the time of year when they crumble.

Year after year the Jets organization, including when it was known as the Atlanta Thrashers, has made decent pushes for the playoffs, only to come up short time and time again. The last time they got to the post-season was in 2007, and that ended with a four-game sweep at the hands of the New York Rangers.

If there's good news for the Jets and their fans this year it's that they avoided their usual January swoon, thanks in large part to the firing of head coach Claude Noel and the hiring of Paul Maurice to take his place on Jan. 12.

Usually by this time of year the Jets or Thrashers have fallen too far out of playoff positioning to have enough games left to make up for their slump. Thanks to the guidance of Maurice, the Jets will be only two points out of a playoff spot with 22 games to go when the Western Conference schedule fires up again on Wednesday night after the Olympic break.


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