A look at the stats from the 2-1 shootout loss to St. Louis.
A look at the stats from the 4-2 win over Dallas.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba – After leaving the game following his fight with Daniel Winnik in Winnipeg’s 4-3 overtime loss to Toronto on Saturday, Ben Chiarot was at MTS Iceplex on Monday. Just not the way the Jets coaches, players, and fans would have liked.
Chiarot was sporting a cast on his left hand, and had that arm in a sling.
“He’s going to be out for a long period of time, closer to April,” Head Coach Paul Maurice said. “He did have surgery yesterday and had it repaired.
“Around the six week mark, we’ll use the word ‘is typical.’ But he’s not coming back until the doc says that thing is right.”
The defenceman was placed on injured reserve, and now, the Jets focus on moving forward, while Chiarot eyes a return to the line-up in early April. Forward Blake Wheeler also didn’t skate today, but Maurice lists him as “possible” for tomorrow’s game.
A look at the stats from the 4-3 overtime loss to Toronto.
AT THE MORNING SKATE
TORONTO, Ontario -- Dustin Byfuglien had red tape on his socks during today’s pre-game skate, but that was the only red he wore, as the 29-year-old donned a blue forward jersey, along blue socks this morning.
Coach Paul Maurice has moved Byfuglien from forward to defence and back again as the Winnipeg Jets (30-20-10) try to deal with injuries to the forward group.
“He’s really, really good at both,” Maurice said ahead of tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. “He’s been very good at point production from the blue line. He just gives us a different look. He’s a big power forward and he’s a big power defenceman at either spot. We’re a little deep on our blue line right now than up front with some injuries so he’s going to play up front for us.”
A look at the stats from the 5-1 loss to Washington.
AT THE MORNING SKATE
WASHINGTON, DC -- Tonight will be game number 60 for the Winnipeg Jets, but it will be the first time they face off with the Washington Capitals since the season began.
The Jets and Capitals are not strangers though. The two teams played in the South East division before the realignment prior to the 2013-2014 campaign.
Though there may not be many mysteries between the two teams, tonight’s line up might be a bit of a guessing game. The loss of Mathieu Perreault for most, if not all, of the remaining regular season games has created a bit of a line-up shuffle.
“It was something in the 1st period, early on, and it started getting worse as the game went on,” Stafford said of his injury. “I got caught up in a couple bad positions, and in the 2nd period I fell kind of awkward. Then in the 3rd period I had a face off where it wasn’t feeling that great. After a few days of evaluation here, and I give credit to the training staff here, I’m feeling really good.”
Head Coach Paul Maurice confirmed Stafford’s status for tonight’s game only a few minutes later: “(Stafford) is back in.”
WINNIPEG -- It didn’t take long to notice something was different when the Winnipeg Jets took to the ice at MTS Iceplex this morning.
Dustin Byfuglien and Paul Postma were wearing forward jerseys instead of the red threads they’re used to. Goaltender Michael Hutchinson wasn’t on the ice (maintenance), and neither were Mathieu Perreault or Drew Stafford.
It didn’t take Head Coach Paul Maurice long to run through an update with the media following the one hour practice.
“(Mathieu) Perreault has a significant lower body injury. We would be hopeful that he would return by the end of he regular season. If he does, it won’t be much sooner than that,” Maurice said. “Drew is day to day, he’ll take the morning skate tomorrow. If he feels good, he’ll play… (Postma), I needed a forward up there. We’ve called up Carl Klingberg and he’ll join us in Washington.”
Perreault’s lower-body injury comes after the forward had tied his career high for goals in a season (18). Losing a key player near the end of the season may also be a bit of déjà vu for the Jets, who lost Mark Scheifele with 19 games to go in last year’s regular season. Maurice said the team would miss Perreault’s presence on far more than just the power play and 5-on-5 situations.
“What I think he brings more than anything, is the style of play for not being a big man,” Maurice said. “I don’t know if there’s another forward who gets on the puck the way he does on the forecheck. He’s not running guys through the boards, but he does it our way, differently, because he’s not 6’4”. But he gets on that puck as well as any forward that we have, and he gets in on the forecheck, and he creates a lot with his intensity.”
A look at the stats from the 5-4 shootout win over Edmonton.
AT THE MORNING SKATE
DETROIT, Michigan – Growing up in Kitchener, Ontario, Mark Scheifele idolized Steve Yzerman. Now, at 21, the Winnipeg Jets forward will play in the very rink his favourite player’s number 19 hangs: Joe Louis Arena.
“It’s only my second time here (as a professional),” Scheifele said after today’s morning skate. “It’s still pretty exciting, and it’s always fun to play in a place like this.”
Scheifele will have his family in attendance tonight when the Jets (28-19-10) look to even the season series with the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit picked up a 4-3 win at MTS Centre in November, and even though Jets defenceman Mark Stuart says that game almost feels like an eternity ago, there are things the Jets can take from it.
“These guys are really quick, and they’ve got good sticks,” Stuart said. “They’re so good with the puck. As defencemen we need to have good sticks as well and be quick down low, and take away their time and space.”
Detroit has created some space for themselves in the Atlantic Division. Their record of 31-13-9 puts them eight points up on Boston, who sits fourth in the Atlantic and holds the final wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. The Red Wings currently hold down the third divisional playoff spot.
The one word echoed in the Winnipeg dressing room when talking about the Red Wings was skill. But the Jets are confident in their style of game, and how it matches up against Detroit.