The Winnipeg Jets had a tough road ahead of them starting a three-game road trip with trying to beat the New York Rangers while the Rangers were in the midst of rallying around their head coach, John Torterella. They lost by a score of 4-2 squandering a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission.
This loss and their recent inconsistent play do not bode well for the team staying intact with the approaching trade deadline this coming Wednesday. There are seven players who will become unrestricted free agents by the end of the season. With the team’s current league standing at 18-17-2, it may not make much of a difference how many changes they do or do not make, but these upcoming games are important for the Jets as defenseman Ron Hainsey told the Winnipeg Free Press:
“The first two (games this week), obviously, Rangers, Islanders, we’d like to put a little more space between us,” Jets defenceman Ron Hainsey said Sunday. “Because those are teams right on the line as well. Two wins would leave us 10 games to go after that and would go a mighty long way in putting ourselves in a bit better position than we currently are in.”