Winnipeg Jets aim to stop big shots by shoring up defence

Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel wants his team to cut down on the number of shots it's allowing....

Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel wants his team to cut down on the number of shots it's allowing. (Marianne Helm/Getty Images/AFP)

TED WYMAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:36 PM ET

It would seem the glaring shot differential that has jumped off Winnipeg Jets scoresheets like a giant red flag through the first three games is not that difficult to correct.

At least, if you ask Jets veteran defenceman Mark Stuart.

“It starts in our D-zone and we need to break the puck out cleaner,” Stuart said. “If we get out of our zone cleaner, we’re not going to spend as much time in there and we’re not going to give up as many shots. It’s a matter of that, it’s a matter of getting their cycle stopped right away, closing on people and having guys in position where we can move the puck up and get out of the zone.”

Simple, right?

So why have the Jets had so much trouble putting it into practice?

Through three games, two of which were wins, the Jets have been outshot 108-78. In the first period alone, they’ve been outshot 48-20. Few people would argue that, with those numbers, the Jets are fortunate to be 2-1, thanks in no small part to the performance.


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