Although the majority of training camps for National Hockey League (NHL) teams kicked off in early January, the Arizona Coyotes players have been training together for several weeks now.
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That’s what defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson revealed on Monday.
“We’ve been skating together for five or six weeks. We had pretty much all the guys in town. I feel like we look good and we feel good. I’m really proud that the guys chose to be here (before training camp) and put in the effort, even though we didn’t need to be here. ”
The Yotes players have made this decision because they recognize the challenges of a shortened season.
“We don’t have a lot of time,” said defenseman Jason Demers. We have to be efficient quickly. Reality will hit us very quickly. We must therefore be sure to be ready. ”
Make the series
The Coyotes skaters all have the same message that their goal is to make the Stanley Cup playoffs.
“The goal is always to make the playoffs,” said Jakob Chychrun. We want to go far. That is the goal here and it will be for a long time to come. We are eager to take up the challenge. ”
The “Yotes” are however far from being the favorites of the experts to participate in the playoffs. A situation that does not bother Ekman-Larsson at all.
“We’re pretty used to it,” said the Arizona roster. There are not a lot of people who believe in us. But we feel like we have a really good group of guys and a lot of good hockey players in our locker room. So we are confident with the group that we have. ”
The Coyotes will kick off their 2020-2021 campaign on Thursday, January 14, with a visit from the San Jose Sharks.