The mixologist was back at it again Friday, as promised.
Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel had three different lines on the ice at the Bell Sensplex for practice once the team arrived in the snow-blown nation's capital.
The coach was disappointed after Thursday's home 3-2 loss to Toronto and vowed there would be some changes for today's matinee at Scotiabank Place against the Ottawa Senators (1 p.m., CBC, TSN 1290).
This time, that meant Bryan Little was back between Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler; Olli Jokinen centred a new line with Evander Kane and Nik Antropov; and Alex Burmistrov was between Alexei Ponikarovsky and Kyle Wellwood.
The fourth line with centre Jim Slater and wingers James Wright and Chris Thorburn remained the same brew for now.
"I'm just trying to get some people going a little bit," a tight-lipped Noel said Friday. "We're stuck a little bit, not creating a lot of offence.
"Right now we're just trying to move some things around and see what will go. Whether they are that way tomorrow will be determined tomorrow."
Putting the Little-Ladd-Wheeler trio back together is like comfortable stuff for the Jets.
"Possibly," Noel said. "It's just trying to sort through this stuff, figure out what's working and what's not.
"For a period of time the lines were going and now they're not. There's just not a lot of time to prepare. You've just got to try to get things going the best you can. Sometimes there's some chemistry and excitement that comes from being back together and we're trying to create some of those things."
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