Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Captain's Corner - Practice, off week, readying for Pittsburgh

Each week, Metro Jets captain Mike Corder will chime in on the previous weekend, the weekend ahead and the current situation of the team.

-- On practice last week with no games last weekend.

Practices last week were not as intense as usual to start the week. A week ago Monday, we had more of a shooting/small games practice, mainly due to the fact that we had some guys out with injuries. A week ago Wednesday, we had an optional shoot and skate with the goalies. It was run by our goalie coach Randy Wilson. A week ago Thursday, we had the practice that we would have had on Monday if we didn't have so many injuries. Overall, practice was a bit lighter at the beginning of last week, but we started really cranking it up by the end of the week.

-- On practice changing this week to prepare for Pittsburgh this weekend.

Starting with the skate last Thursday, you could really see and feel the focus and desire from the guys to come out strong against Pittsburgh and get all four points this coming weekend at home. That feeling and intensity carried over to practice this past Monday and we will continue that Wednesday and Thursday. We know what it takes to win and we can win. After our last game against St. Louis, we are really starting to play hockey.

-- On expectations for this weekend against Pittsburgh.

We are fighting to get back to .500, move up in the standings and start a new win streak. Getting all four points is the expectation. I also expect that we will not let up in the games, even for one shift. I expect us to limit their scoring chances. I expect us to throw everything we have at Pittsburgh and then to throw more. Coach (Jason) Cirone expects a lot from the team, the team expects a lot from itself and I expect a lot from the team, but even more from myself.

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