Jets back on ice, work on defensive systems

Jets new head coach Paul Maurice says the team has a big hill to climb during the remainder of the...

Jets new head coach Paul Maurice says the team has a big hill to climb during the remainder of the 2013-14 NHL regular season. (BROOK JONES/QMI Agency)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:40 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Class is back in session for the Winnipeg Jets.

After enjoying a lengthy Olympic break, the Jets were back on the ice Wednesday afternoon at MTS Iceplex, and head coach Paul Maurice got right into the installation of phase two of his systems.

“There are three main defensive systems (when you play) five-on-five: your D-zone, your neutral zone and how you forecheck without the puck. We started almost solely on the D-zone and we’ll start looking at our neutral zone and our forecheck over the next few days here. Our sole focus is to try and find ways to be more aggressive with it,” said Maurice. “The first thing we need to do is to make sure that everybody knows exactly what they’re supposed to do. That’s really what’s going to happen here. Once everybody knows their routes, they can just run them faster. We are going to change some things they’ve been doing.


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