Are Winnipeg Jets chasing the sun or a playoff spot?

Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane and the Jets have played better under new coach Paul Maurice but...

Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane and the Jets have played better under new coach Paul Maurice but they are still in the same situation as previous years, on the outside looking in.

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:27 PM ET

The Winnipeg Jets packed up their sticks and pads along with what little playoff hope they have left and flew to Dallas, Sunday.

Their last multi-game road trip of the regular season, five games in nine days, will veer from Texas through daunting NHL hot spots San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim, before winding up in Phoenix.

Still six points from the playoff line, the Jets may as well be chasing the sun.

But that doesn’t mean this team can’t answer a few burning questions.

For me, one in particular hangs in the air: will this trip simply be a head-start on the summer tans, or is this perplexing group going to use all that sunshine to show the hockey world, and its own devoted fans, how much it’s grown?

Upon first glance, it appears not much has changed in three years.

An all-too-familiar script played out again this season, including so-so results on home ice and too many squandered points against teams lower in the standings.

Of course, some


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