Something to build on? Jets cap tumultuous week with OT loss to Kings

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This has been an eventful few days for the Winnipeg Jets.

They lost to Montreal on Wednesday, leading to a profanity-laden post-game presser from head coach Paul Maurice as he described the play of his team. Two days later, on the road, Winnipeg had a horrific start against the Arizona Coyotes and eventually lost, resulting in a players’ meeting afterward.

All this while the Jets sit out of a playoff position in the Western Conference. They lost again on Saturday, a 3-2 overtime defeat to the L.A. Kings that dropped Winnipeg four points back in the Wild Card race.

Despite the loss, Maurice lauded his team’s performance once it got over a slow start.

“Sometime on back-to-backs, it takes a little while and then after that, I thought we played a helluva game. Really liked a lot of what we did and look to build,” he said.

Still, it’s been a difficult week for the Jets and they didn’t respond well in the wake of Maurice’s comments when they faced the Coyotes. That’s certainly a formula that could lead to speculation about Maurice’s future with the club.

However, there was this from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet on Saturday:

“I’m told he’s not in trouble. And he’s got a contract for next year. I wouldn’t be surprised if they talk about an extension in the summer.”

The Jets play the San Jose Sharks on Monday, before returning to Winnipeg for a four-game home stand.

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