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from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
On a day that saw the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets conduct team and individual meetings, Noel gave an honest assessment of where things stand with his team.
“The problem right now is that we’re trying to put skill ahead of work — we’ve got it backwards,” said Noel, whose club rounds out a six-game homestand against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday at MTS Centre. “I know you’re going to try and decipher all of the things, but that’s the root of the problem. Work first, skill second. The thing that I find is that we care, we’ve just got things in the wrong order and we’ve got to get them in the right order.
“That’s my job and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
Noel has already sent a message to several players by making by making them a healthy scratch but on far too many nights through nine games, the Jets just haven’t had enough guys going at the same time.
Given the fact this roster isn’t overflowing with superstars, that’s a big problem.
from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
It was less than a week ago when Evander Kane went public with a plea for more "FU" in the Winnipeg Jets' game -- the not-so-subtle suggestion he and his teammates needed to play with a little more edge, a little more anger and a little more desperation.
What they served up in Sunday night's 3-1 stinker to the Nashville Predators in front of a sold out-but-bored-stiff MTS Centre crowd could best be described as way more P-U than FU.
Yes, as the old saying goes, Claude Noel & Co. won't need to watch the game tape to smell this one.
"We have to face reality: the way we play, we can't be a success," said goaltender Ondrej Pavelec. "We have to find a way to start winning games. The way we play, all season long pretty much, it's not a way we can be successful. We have to change something and we have to change something now.
"We have said so many times that if we want to win we have to play the whole 60 minutes. It's been the same story all season long."
If you missed the injury, you can watch it here...
CBC caught some raw footage of the njury, which you can watch below...
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Inch by inch, game by game, Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian are making the Winnipeg Jets their team.
They bring more will and effort to games on a consistent basis than the rest of their teammates. They are willing to lead. Now if only the rest would follow.
If all the Jets had the jam of Kane and Bogosian, this team would win far more games. Until they do, more disappointment such as Tuesday night's 3-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens will follow.
Too many of the Jets were unwilling to engage early and before the first period was barely half over it was 2-0 Montreal. The lead held and was more than enough for Carey Price to add another shutout to his resumé.
Apologists will suggest the Jets had a strong game, but for the first 10 minutes. Ridiculous. What does it matter if a team is strong once the game is virtually decided?
The Jets can't continue to post half-games or three-quarter games.
from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
The Winnipeg Jets are officially on a skid, kicking off a six-game homestand with another brutal first period and getting a well-deserved, 4-1 spanking at the hands of the Dallas Stars as a result.
That’s three straight losses after a pair of season-opening wins, and while that may be a good poker hand, it’s a loser’s deal in sports.///
(Evander) Kane’s theory on what’s troubling the Jets since opening the season with two wins: too much thinking.
“We’re focusing maybe a little bit too much on what everybody’s saying, and what the X’s and O’s are,” he said. “We just need to go out and play hockey. We’re hesitant... caught flat-footed. And you’re not doing anything when you’re in between.
“It’s better to make a mistake trying to do something than be tentative. We just need to relax a little bit, but at the same time, if that makes sense, be a lot more intense.”
It's not always the goale who is responsible for the bad goal of the night.
Zach Bogosian with a terrible turnover and before Ondrej Pavelec could blink, Corey Perry buries the 'thank you' goal.
from the Winnipeg Free Press,
The Finnish Flash hinted this morning this game might be a little easier for him than his "first" return in December 2011, when adoring Winnipeg fans celebrated him, booed his teammates and cheered the Jets on to a victory that night.
"I had a chance to come two years ago and that was unbelievable," Selanne said after this morning’s skate downtown. "I don’t really expect anything like that tonight, but it’s fun to be here.
"I almost hoped I wouldn’t have to come back here because that was an absolutely perfect night. We lost, but it was something I was always going to remember.
"This place is so nice, the fans unbelievable. I’m very happy I have a chance to come back one more time."
via the CP at TSN,
Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis was taken to the hospital after feeling "unwell" during Saturday night's game, according to a team spokesman.
Nonis was feeling sick during the second period and saw team physicians at Air Canada Centre.
"As a precaution, (Nonis) was asked to go to the hospital for further testing," a Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment statement released Sunday read. "He has progressed very well overnight and is expected to be discharged today."
Here is the Steve Downie hit which caused the Roman Josi concussion.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
As far as first impressions go in this young NHL season, Jacob Trouba certainly opened some eyes.
The 19-year-old rookie blueliner from Michigan played a whopping 25:02 in his first NHL game on Tuesday night. Oh, and he had a goal and an assist with a plus-2 rating in Winnipeg’s season-opening win at Edmonton.
But what impressed me the most was the poise he played with.
"We certainly hope that that trend continues, and that’s what we saw in preseason," Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff told ESPN.com Friday. "And he got better every preseason game. He played high minutes in each of those games. The coaching staff tried to expose him in preseason to the other team’s best players to try and gauge where he was at. That was good. And obviously the first game, you don’t want to get too far ahead of yourself, but it was nice for all parties involved to see, for sure."
continue for more on the Jets, plus some Tim Thomas talk, Leafs, Senators and Canadiens too...
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
“It’s time for us to get in the playoffs and kind of show people what we can do and get to the big stage,” said Jets left-winger Evander Kane. “I’m a guy who likes to perform on the big stage and likes the big show. It’s time to get there and perform.”
The Jets’ stated goal was to make the playoffs in the first two seasons back in Winnipeg and they didn’t shy away from those lofty expectations.
Until you believe you can take the next step, it’s impossible to do so.
Yet belief is only part of the equation.
The Jets must make the daily commitment required to build a winning program, putting in the work and making a concerted effort to bringing one’s best each and every day.
Raising the standard is what elite teams do.
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