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straight losses to the Avalanche January 10, 2019 10:39 PM

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WINNIPEG - For centre Olli Jokinen, one loss does not a confidence-shaking setback make despite the Winnipeg Jets falling back into the Central Division cellar following a 4-3 loss to Nashville Predators on Tuesday night. Cheap Nike Free Canada .Its not going to be our last game we lose, were not going to win every game, Jokinen said Wednesday, joining most of his teammates taking the day off to rest or work out in preparation to face the Vancouver Canucks on Friday.I think as a team were moving in the right direction and we just try to get our energy levels up and try to get a win Friday, he added.The Jets coaches and a handful of players were on the ice Wednesday but things will get more serious Thursday as the squad gears up for another important game against a Western Conference rival.Although theyve gone 4-5-1 in their last 10 games and lost 4-2 to Edmonton on Monday, the Canucks (27-18-9 before playing Chicago on Wednesday) are at least currently where the Jets want to be — holding down the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.The Jets stand 12th, eight points behind the Canucks before Wednesdays action. They have plenty of distance to cover and not much time to do it as they head into the Olympic break. After Fridays game they play four more road contests before the Olympics, then return Feb. 27 at the MTS Centre.But with the hiring of new coach Paul Maurice, the Jets have already done some surprising things in a relatively short period of time. They earned road wins over both the league-leading Anaheim Ducks and defending Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks have won six-of-eight games with Maurice behind the bench.And neither Jokinen nor Maurice viewed Tuesdays loss as a step backwards from the kind of defensive zone game hes trying to teach.This defensive zone concept, its not like you write it on the board you get it and you go and theres your defence for the rest of your life, its a work in progress, Maurice said. There wasnt a letdown (Tuesday night).They werent running out of position, getting away from what they were trying to do to break a game open.Maurice said players are starting to see things and there are fewer questions coming back. Hes pleased with the compete level of one of the NHLs youngest teams.The biggest thing hes instilled in us is play for each other in every game, said centre Mark Scheifele.That approach seems to be working for the 20-year-old Scheifele, who had a goal and an assist against Nashville and is third in scoring among NHL rookies.Four Jets are heading to the Olympics: goalie Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Frolik for their native Czech Republic, Jokinen for Finland and Blake Wheeler, currently tied for Winnipegs scoring lead, for the U.S.The others will have a long layoff and while Maurice says hes had experience with Olympic breaks, with a young team like the Jets it might be different.The last time I went through an Olympic break that I remember, we ended up going to the final (2001-02 with Carolina) and came out fast and quick, Maurice said. We had a bunch of guys . . . that were older, fit men who used that break to rest but came back roaring.Maurice said veterans like former Carolina Hurricanes captain Rod BrindAmour and Martin Gelinas had the experience to know how to use the break.The concern is there will be a bunch of these guys that havent gone through an Olympic break, he said. Theres not much we can do in terms of structuring anything that is mandatory for our players.Maurice isnt worrying about the four Jets heading to Sochi, Russia.Theyre going to go and play at a really, really high level and theyre going to get better from it, he said. Id prefer to have more guys going than not.Meanwhile, Maurice said left-winger Evander Kanes hand was cleaned up by doctors after he was sidelined again by an infection that caused it to swell up.Everything finished the way we hoped, he said.Kane cut his hand in a fight with Tampa Bays Eric Brewer on Jan. 7 and initially missed four games. He returned Jan. 21 to register a goal and three assists in the next four games but isnt expected back until after the Olympic break. Nike Free Canada Sale . The 30-year-old Texas native was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 20th round of the 2001 amateur draft. Duke spent six years in Pittsburgh and also had stints with Arizona, Washington and Cincinnati. Nike Free Canada Online . Jamies number grades given are out of five, with five being the best mark. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins (5) – He had a brilliant game; it was a huge response for his average games before.Suddenly depleted in net, the Colorado Avalanche try to avoid a third straight loss on Saturday night as they conclude a four-game road trip against the Montreal Canadiens. You can listen to the action starting at 7pm et/4pm pm on TSN Radio 690 Montreal. The road has not been kind to the Avalanches netminders. They placed starter Semyon Varlamov on injured reserve Thursday due to a groin injury and then saw backup Reto Berra leave just 2:46 into that nights game against the Ottawa Senators. Calvin Pickard, earlier recalled from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League, made 23 saves on 27 shots faced in his NHL debut as Colorado lost 5-3. He will get the start tonight for Colorado. Alex Tanguay, John Mitchell and Gabriel Landeskog all scored first-period goals for the Avalanche, but the Senators scored three times in the third period to spoil Pickards debut. Pick made some big saves when we needed them and its too bad we couldnt get the win for him, said Avs forward Matt Duchene. It marked the second straight game that Colorado blew a third-period lead as they were up by a goal on Tuesday at Toronto before losing 3-2 in overtime. The Avalanche were forced to recall Sami Aittokallio from Lake Erie and hell likely backup Pickard tonight as Colorado concludes a stretch of five of six on the road to open the season. Montreal, meanwwhile, opened the campaign with a 3-1-0 road trip and then won its home opener 6-4 over rival Boston on Thursday. Nike Free Clearance Canada. It was the first meeting between the clubs since the Canadiens eliminated the Bruins in seven games during last seasons Eastern Conference semifinals. Brendan Gallagher and P.A. Parenteau both scored twice, while Max Pacioretty had a goal and two assists. One shot just hit me, but playing with these guys, its just easy, Gallagher said. Jiri Sekac added his first career goal, David Desharnais and Alexei Emelin had two assists each and Carey Price made 25 saves in the win. The Habs, who continue a four-game homestand, snapped a string of four straight losses to the Avalanche with a 6-3 win at home in the most recent encounter on March 18 of last season. 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