Winnipeg Jets Falling Apart at Wrong Time

By Andy Schmidt
Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

The Winnipeg Jets were looking like a team for the longest time this season that would make the playoffs and bring some excitement back to the city. The Jets lost their fifth straight game on Thursday night and have now fallen straight from the No. 3 seed all the way out of the playoffs entirely. Winnipeg is still tied for first place in the Southeast Division even with their 18-19-2 record, but loses the tiebreaker to the Washington Capitals. The Jets are falling apart at the wrong time.

This Winnipeg team can’t score enough and can’t stop teams from scoring to be successful. The Jets have scored just six goals over this five-game losing streak along with not scoring on their last 16 power play chances. There are just nine games left in the regular season for the Jets but seven of those are at home including the next six games. That group of games features only two teams that have any real hopes of making the playoffs now.

Winnipeg has depended too much on one player all season and it is coming back to bite them at this point of the year. The Jets will have their home cooking for the next two weeks so there are no excuses about travel at this point. Winnipeg needs to go out and win five of these six games. The races are just too tight to have any games where the team doesn’t play 100 percent. The fans will be ready for the Jets but will the players respond the way they need to in order to make the playoffs?

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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