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Posted: 10/8/2013 1:11 PM | Comments: 0
Having been a perfect three for three in being slow out of the gate early in this new NHL season, the Winnipeg Jets turned their attention today to some of the matters that could help them get going sooner.
Winnipeg has been outshot a collective 48-20 in the first period by the Edmonton Oilers, L.A. Kings and Anaheim Ducks, yet sport a 2-1 record after the first three games.
"If I knew that, we would fix it," Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec said after today’s practice at the MTS Iceplex. "I think you have to be focused right away, ready to play the game, be in the game, just be ready for that first faceoff.
"A hockey game is 60 minutes. We know we have to be ready. It’s just a few games. The last two games. I’m sure we’re going to be better. It’s not going to be like that every game but it is something we have to work on."
Pavelec said nobody is burying their head in the sand on this element so far.
"Everybody knows what to do," he said. "Everybody’s been in the league for a little bit. We know what it takes."
The team’s next chance to do better is Thursday night in St. Paul, Minn., against the Minnesota Wild.
Jets coach Claude Noel had some focus going today on areas of defensive responsibility in light of the underwhelming first periods so far.
"We all have to be responsible for that, not only the players," Noel said. "It’s a reflection of the room but not only that, a reflection of the preparation of the room and the coaches preparing the room and the head coach preparing the room. All of us. We all have to be accountable to that. It’ll change. We’ll get it squared around because it’s not going to go like this."
Right-winger Chris Thorburn missed today’s practice due to an injury but the team wouldn’t say what it was.
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