It would seem the magic pixie dust Paul Maurice has sprinkled generously on the Winnipeg Jets does have some limitations.

The Jets fell 4-3 to the Nashville Predators Tuesday night at the MTS Centre and, along the way, clanged a couple off posts, missed some glorious opportunities and had some of the good fortune they've enjoyed since the new boss slipped behind the bench go the other way.

The result: the Jets are back to .500 at 25-25-5 -- and 6-2 under Maurice -- after a sloppy but hard-fought contest to a Central Division rival. The loss vaulted the Predators, now 24-23-8, one point ahead of the Jets into 11th spot in the Western Conference.

"I think we had a good understanding of how (the game) was going to look and it looked exactly how we thought it would at the start and right through," said Maurice. "It's such a hard, grinding game. It was a battle level right through.

"Listen, that group... you could see it in their faces coming to the bench: they gave everything they absolutely had. There was nothing easy. That game, we spent a lot here, as they should have, in the last week and they gave absolutely everything they had."