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Jets could be selling talent soon

Ondrej Pavelec has been solid in goal for the Jets, with a save percentage of .908. Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports

It was a game the Winnipeg Jets couldn’t be happy about losing. You get the New Jersey Devils into a shootout, normally you have to like your chances.

Winnipeg lost to New Jersey on Thursday night in the shootout, although it wasn’t the worst effort in the world. It was the kind of solid road game teams like the Jets have to play, and they’re even getting solid goaltending from Ondrej Pavelec. They’ve started this four-game trip East strong, earning three points in four games, but now comes the big test.

This weekend, Winnipeg gets back-to-back games against the New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks -- two experienced teams with Stanley Cup aspirations this year.

The Jets are currently in last place in the Central, which says as much about the division as it does the Jets. They have nine points entering the biggest test of their season, and how they come out of it could help determine where GM Kevin Cheveldayoff goes from here.

Often criticized for his patience in the Jets' rebuilding process, Cheveldayoff was one of the first general managers to start working the phones during the season, reaching out to colleagues on potential trade talks last week.

The problem for him or any other GM looking to make early-season tweaks is that the trade market is quiet.