The Winnipeg Jets continued their plummet this week by losing to the Montreal Canadiens by three goals on Thursday and now visit the surging Philadelphia Flyers Saturday. The Jets are losers of five straight and seven of their last 10, allowing the Washington Capitals — winners of two straight and seven of their last 10 — to complete their climb to the top of the Southeast Division.
Winnipeg and Washington each have 38 points, but the Caps own the tiebreaker thanks to a 3-1 season series lead with just one matchup left on schedule between the two on April 23.
“It’s not like we don’t know what’s going on,” Jets coach Claude Noel said, via The Sports Network. “I don’t think you can expect to lose five straight games and expect that things aren’t going to change. It’s not like players don’t know what’s going on. We know that if we continue down this road it isn’t good. That’s why there’s urgency. We’re running out of games. We know that.”
While Winnipeg must make the long haul from Canada to Philly for the 3 pm ET contest, it presents about as good a chance as any to snap out of their funk with the Flyers’ injury list including forwards Danny Briere, Max Talbot and Zac Rinaldo along with defensemen Braydon Coburn, Andrej Meszaros and Nick Grossmann.
On the flip side, however, the Flyers are 5-3-2 in their last 10 and have skyrocketed from the Eastern Conference basement up to 11th place, or just one point behind the Jets, who are currently in 10th place.