Shut up and play.

Those were the words a frustrated Olli Jokinen used when talking about the early-season struggles the Winnipeg Jets have endured during a three-game losing streak that saw them drop to 2-3 going into Sunday’s game with the New Jersey Devils.

On Saturday afternoon during a small media scrum Jokinen vented about the way the Jets are playing.

“The only thing you should worry about going into games is playing within the system and knowing where to go” said Jokinen. “You think St. Louis and these teams don’t know their system? Of course they know their system. There shouldn’t be one guy in this room that shouldn’t know the system and it should be automatic.

“It’s not like you should have to over-think. It’s not like football where there are millions of plays.”

In the wake of Friday’s 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars depending on which side of the dressing room you were listening to there were equal parts of trying to build on the positive from the final period and change mixed in with the prevalent theme that talking about what the Jets need to do isn’t nearly as important as going out and doing it.

That resurfaced Saturday.

“It’s been five games where our first period hasn’t been good” said Jokinen. “At the end of the day it’s winning the battles. If you think you’re working hard you’ve got to work harder and try to do the little things right. At the end of the day we can talk here all day. To me it’s pretty cheap.