By: Adam Wazny | Monday, February 18
A fan wears a white mask during the game against the Boston Bruins' on Feb. 17. More masks could be donned by fans if the team continues it's scary ways. (Trevor Hagan/Canadian Press)
This would be the moment in a horror movie where the protagonist, sans working flashlight, slowly opens the door to the cellar and starts to make his or her way down the creaky stairs into the impending doom.
Cue the ominous music.
Feel the tension mount with each cautious step into the darkness.
If this Winnipeg Jets season was a horror movie -- and despite some frightening play at times we're not quite ready to make that absolute classification -- the club would be our fearless subject headed towards its salvation or possible gruesome fate.
Uh-oh, the music stopped. What was that? Is someone down here...?
Welcome to the scariest point of the 2013 season, Jets fans, the part where your club (5-8-1) plays nine of its next 11 games on the road. Winnipeg, on the short end of a 3-2 decision to the Boston Bruins at MTS Centre Sunday evening, starts this terrifying stretch of schedule in Buffalo Tuesday night, en route to Carolina (Thursday), Philadelphia (Saturday), New Jersey (Sunday) and finally a visit to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Rangers (Tuesday, Feb. 26).
The Jets are back home for two quick games (versus New Jersey and Washington), before heading off into the great unknown for a second time, a four-game jaunt with dates against Florida (two games), Tampa Bay and the Devils once again.
Put this daunting to-do list up against the current slide -- the Jets have lost four of their last five games, including four straight inside the friendly confines of downtown Winnipeg -- and see why some can't bear to watch. On top of that, if you already haven't covered your eyes in fear, consider the following: