By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
Evander Kane figures that the Winnipeg Jets (3-4-0) need a change of attitude if they are going to turn around their slow start to the season. The team will get that chance tonight in a tough divisional battle with the St. Louis Blues (5-1-0).
“We got to come out with a lot more effort, a lot more emotion and a bit of a F-U attitude towards every team we play, not just St. Louis.” said Kane. “It seems that a lot of teams are coming out with that attitude against us and we need to have that same mentality.
“In a sense it has to be from everyone on the bench and for us, if you can see everyone on the bench doing that — the players, everybody else — it gets the emotion up and it gets people pissed off and sometimes getting pissed off isn’t a bad thing.”
Kane agrees that teams want to test his club and doesn’t see why other teams would respect the Jets on the heels of some of their poor performances this season.
“To be honest, if you look at last game, why would you respect us when you come out and give up 2 goals in the first six-seven minutes?” Kane said. “We got to have that same lack of respect in some ways towards other teams but at the same time be aware that they are going to try and come out and pound us in our own building.
“We can’t have that happen, we have to do the opposite and pound them right back to where they came from.”
Zach Bogosian echoed the same sentiment brought forth by Kane on Friday morning.
“We can make it hard on teams if we are physical and stuff like that,” said Bogosian. “We have to make sure we kind of come out and play with a little more attitude and edge. Any time you play with emotion or you kind of play that style, it is going to help us out.”
Claude Noel said that the key to change the attitude for his team would be to play a full 60 minutes.
“I think for 60 minutes we have to play a lot harder, it’s our building,” said Noel. “I think we have to set the pace and tempo of the game, especially in this building and get the fans involved in the game. The results usually follow if you are engaged for 60 minutes.
“We have to be prepared to play, we need a good 60 minute game. What we need more than anything, we need to prove to ourselves we play, when we play the right way and we play 60 minutes, we are in the game and we are competing in the game.”
Meanwhile, Kane — who went down earlier this week in practice with a lower-body injury — said it is the coach’s decision whether or not he plays tonight, but if it were up to him, he would be in the line-up.
“That is Claude’s decision if he wants to put me in the line-up,” said Kane. “I will be ready to go if my name gets called. As long as I can stand up out there I will play.”
Noel said after practice that he expects Kane to be in the line-up, but did say he would see how he does in the warm-up before making the final call.
Puck drops at 7 p.m. at the MTS Centre tonight.
Tonight’s Lines for the Jets:
Peluso and Cormier looks to be the scratches.