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RALEIGH, N.C. -- If you're an NHL scorer making $6 million a season, goose eggs won't fit very well on your season's chart.
But Winnipeg Jets' left-winger Evander Kane thinks he and his team would prevail more times than not if they had a do over of the opportunities they saw in Tuesday night's 3-0 loss in Montreal.
"Geez, if you give me those chances tomorrow night, I'd be pretty happy," Kane said heading into tonight's game at PNC Arena against the Carolina Hurricanes.
"I don't think there's too much to change to what we have to do as a team.
"You can say, 'bear down,' but we hit some posts and crossbars. There was some good defensive play by them as well but if we continue to do those same things, if we get half those opportunities, we're going to win most nights."
Kane has just one goal in his first eight games of the season, well off the pace he'd like to, and is being paid to, be on.
But you can say this about the power forward: he didn't hold back in the defeat to the Habs. Kane had three shots on goal in the game, had another eight shots blocked and was credited with two missed shots. No player in the game took more cracks at the net.
Among Kane's best chances Tuesday were a breakaway in the first period, a post in the third and a close-in attempt at a wide-open net in the final two minutes that was tipped over the glass.
"You watch the video of the game and we had a lot of chances, more than enough offence to put three, four, five, six away," he said after Wednesday's 40-minute practice. "The bounces just didn't go our way last night. We're still positive and it's good when you're getting chances and sooner or later we're going to have those pucks going in for us."
Kane said the big picture for the Jets, who are 8-6-2 in 16 games, is positive.
"It's probably just a phase throughout the year," he said about lack of goal scoring. "We're playing pretty well defensively. We're not giving up a whole lot of goals, either, which is why we've been winning a lot of games. So I think we have to look at that as a positive. We're just kind of realizing what makes our team successful.
"We're not going to win every game. We realize that. We obviously went through a nice little stretch there where we didn't lose in regulation (6-0-2) and we lost the other night so we have to hit the restart button and start another streak of games we can put together. I've said it before -- that's what good teams do. You lose one, then you put another five, six, seven games of consistent points together. For us, that has to be our mindset and we're looking forward to the rest of this road trip."
The Jets face the 'Canes tonight and then finish off a five-game road trip with back-to-back starts in Nashville and Minnesota on Saturday and Sunday.