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Game preview

NEW YORK — There will be nothing easy for the Winnipeg Jets tonight when they confront one of their biggest shortcomings of the season.

Against the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers (6 p.m. CT, TSN Jets, TSN 1290), the Jets will be looking for their first win of the season when playing on the second night of back-to-back games.

Winnipeg is 0-7 so far, with six of the failures having come on the road.

And it includes a 3-0 defeat here at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 6.

The lost second days are the entire difference to .500 in the Jets’ poor road record, 7-13-4.

One thing you might be able to say for the Jets is that they’re overdue.

It’s certainly true for forward Antti Miettinen, who has now played 16 games since being claimed off the waiver wire in December and has yet to score.

Monday in Raleigh, N.C., Miettinen had likely the best chance so far to snap his drought but stumbled and couldn’t get his stick on the puck at the edge of the crease with an open net staring at him in the second period.

It’s a goal the Jets could have used in a 2-1 setback.

“I went to the net after that faceoff and I lost the puck there for a second,” said the Finnish forward, who has just three assists in 16 games this season. “I was behind the goalie and I think I fell on the goalie’s pads or the D’s stick there. I just couldn’t reach it.”

Miettinen rolled his eyes with the obvious question about his lack of production.

“It’s kind of going over the top now but you’ve just got to battle through it, try the best you can every day to turn it around,” he said. “I’m too inconsistent and confidence and frustration are too much of a factor (for me) right now. I’ve just got to forget about it and focus on one shift at a time, go easy because the frustration’s kind of taking over now.”

He said there will be nothing easy for all of the Jets tonight.

“That’s a tough building, a good team there, so we’ll have to be prepared to go right away when the puck drops,” he said.

One bit of good news the Jets hope will continue is the return to form of winger Kyle Wellwood.

His Monday goal, the only shot to beat Cam Ward in Raleigh, extended his points streak to five games, with one goal and six assists.

After tonight’s game, the Jets are off for a week over the NHL all-star week. Their schedule resumes next Tuesday in Philadelphia.

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

History

Updated on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 5:44 PM CST: Updates game preview.

6:19 PM: Updates with first goal

6:55 PM: Updates with first period over

7:24 PM: Updates with Rangers' second goal

7:44 PM: Updates with second period over

8:02 PM: Adds photo

8:32 PM: Updates with game over

10:29 PM: Final game story

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