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Jets use down time to prep for last six regular games

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WINNIPEG — It was a better work day today for the Winnipeg Jets as they try to ramp back up from a break of five days between games.

The Jets were on the ice at the MTS Centre this morning for about an hour, a second straight day of full practice.

"It should bring energy but just because you rest up, sometimes you get a little out of sorts in different areas," Jets coach Claude Noel said this morning. "You don’t know how it’s going to go.

"I thought we had a way better, a good practice today, better than yesterday’s practice. Our focus was way better.

"We had energy. Guys are loose... plus it’s good that it snowed. Reminded us we’re still in the hockey season."

The Jets, currently ninth with 44 points, have three home games this week as they keep their eye on teams above them in the NHL’s Eastern Conference standings.

The New York Rangers, eighth, are two points ahead with a game in hand. The seventh-seeded Islanders, visitors here Saturday, are three ahead, while sixth-seeded Ottawa is four ahead with a game in hand.

The Southeast Division-leading Washington Capitals have 48 points in the same number of games as Winnipeg.

The Jets meet the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday at the MTS Centre (7 p.m., TSNJets, TSN1290) and the Carolina Panthers are here Thursday.

Winnipeg has six games remaining in the 48-game regular season.

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

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