Winnipeg Jets: Where Do the Jets Go from the Loss to the Montreal Canadiens?

Anthony Capocci@CapocciJETSContributor IFebruary 5, 2012

The Jets struggles continued in Montreal.
The Jets struggles continued in Montreal.Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images

The Winnipeg Jets' playoff aspirations have gone down the drain.

The Jets lost this afternoon in a lackluster effort against the Montreal Canadiens by the score 3-0.

The team is unable to find any type of offense without Evander Kane in the lineup.

The six-game road trip had an end result of only four regulation goals. Fans of Winnipeg are now wondering where the offense went.

The Jets aren't a deep team to begin with, so it should come as no surprise that they aren't finding the back of the net. However, this is a new low for bad production. They just aren't scoring goals.

The offense is just non-existent, with little to no urgency or execution. And most of the offensive-zone pressure consists of perimeter board play with an end result of a turnover.

The Jets have found themselves one step closer to last place in the Eastern Conference. One step closer to Nail Yakupov or another highly touted forward like Filip Forsberg.

With their recent play, it might not be a bad idea to take a lottery pick. If Kane doesn't return soon, I can't see how this ends on a positive note anyway.

Kane is expected to start skating by next week, but a return is unlikely.

MONTREAL, CANADA - FEBRUARY 5:  Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Winnipeg Jets stops the puck on an attempt by Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on February 5, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Richard
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Obviously, Kane can't be relied on to do everything, and no one else has taken the initiative to step up in his absence. Everyone has to be held accountable.

Eric Fehr was a healthy scratch, and rightfully so—about time Claude Noel learned that Fehr's career is in jeopardy. Next up...Antti Miettinen.

IceCaps call-up and rookie forward Spencer Mahacek played in lieu of Fehr.

If the Jets continue to quickly fade away from the playoffs, I'd expect to see more call-ups. It's almost time to get the young guns in St. Johns some extended ice time at the NHL level to see what we have.

Ondrej Pavelec can look himself in the mirror after every outing; he's stood tall throughout the goal drought. It's a shame that his teammates aren't getting it done for him.

So where do the Jets go from here?

With a huge homestand ahead, the Jets are going to have to win virtually every game for any chance at a now-long shot of a playoff run.

If they so much as lose one or two games, it would be better off served for the team to tank.

Then again, with the way they're playing, they may not even need to intentionally tank.


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