Jets have plenty to play for even if they miss playoffs

Jets centre Patrice Cormier (28) attempts to steal the puck from Blues defenceman Alex Pietrangelo...

Jets centre Patrice Cormier (28) attempts to steal the puck from Blues defenceman Alex Pietrangelo (27) during third period action in St. Louis on Monday, March 17, 2014. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:45 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Losses like the one the Winnipeg Jets endured on Monday to the St. Louis Blues can often have a demoralizing effect.

Finding a way to tie the game against a team that is known for locking leads down, only to lose after giving up a power-play goal after an over-exuberant offensive-zone slashing penalty and a bad bounce after a blocked shot was a crushing blow for a team that gave everything they had against one of the Stanley Cup favourites.

Turning the page is easier said than done, especially for a group that saw their already-slim playoff chances slip to an almost incalculable number, falling six points out in the Western Conference wild-card chase with only 12 games to go and facing a daunting five-game road trip after playing home games against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday and the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

But the Jets have no choice.


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