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Flyers' Sean Couturier scores on a Jets power play Friday. The Jets are not only in the bottom three on the power play, they lead the league in short-handed goals against.

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Flyers' Sean Couturier scores on a Jets power play Friday. The Jets are not only in the bottom three on the power play, they lead the league in short-handed goals against.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- Recognizing the unsuccessful can't afford to be stubborn, Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel said Sunday all commitments are off when it comes to who plays the power play.

Noel used nearly half the team's practice at the New York Rangers training facility in the northern New York suburbs for work with the man advantage, and that included everyone from the first line to fourth-liners James Wright, Eric Tangradi and Anthony Peluso.

 

'I think a lot of it right now is confidence. We've got to try to get a little swagger back in our power play'

-- Jets captain Andrew Ladd

The coach used defenceman Dustin Byfuglien in front of the Philadelphia net in a couple of late-game advantage situations on Friday.

Byfuglien returned to his normal spot on the point Sunday as the 12-12-4 Jets look for new solutions heading to tonight's game at Madison Square Garden versus the Rangers.

"We're trying to find personnel more than anything," Noel said. "We've got our 23 players but I don't think there's a lock on who can be on the power play.

"We need execution, puck recovery, winning battles, we need production and we're not getting it. So there could be all kinds of personnel, kind of like an audition. Who wants things? I'll just judge by who's playing well in the game. If guys are going good in the game, maybe they go."

The Jets have no power-play goals on this road trip so far -- but have won two of the three games -- and are in a four-game drought, sending the advantage efficiency down to 11.5 per cent and in the NHL's bottom three.

The Jets were last overall in power-play percentage last season.

"I think you control what you can control, in terms of work ethic and simplifying," said captain Andrew Ladd. "But I think a lot of it right now is confidence. We've got to try to get a little swagger back in our power play. Confidence comes from shooting the puck more and not second-guessing yourself, which can hurt you at times, too."

Ladd also made one valid observation, that sometimes a team's power play can be running plays well but can't score, or runs into a hot goalie.

"We could use a bounce, too," he added.

Jets defenceman Toby Enstrom suggested the constant attention given the power play might be counterproductive.

"The numbers don't lie," he admitted. "I just think we can't overthink everything. We have plays for the power play and we just have to try to keep it simple and get pucks to the net, try to get some easy goals and just get it rolling.

"We have to try to not overthink and talk about it every day for practice and stuff. Like I said, I think we have all the material to have a good power play. It's a big part of the game so we just have to try to get that going."

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 2, 2013 C3

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