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Jets Journal: Off to Toronto

The Jets head to Ontario for back to back games against the Leafs and Senators

Tuesday, 18.10.2011 / 1:37 PM / Jets Journal
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
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Jets Journal: Off to Toronto
The Jets head to Ontario for back to back games against the Leafs and Senators
LEAVING ON A JET PLANE

The Winnipeg Jets packed their bags and hit the road for their second two-game road trip of the season. The first stop is in Toronto for a date with the Maple Leafs Wednesday night at 6:30 pm CST. (TSN, RIS(HD), TSN-JETS)

The team came to the rink well rested after a hard fought and much deserved win Monday night over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Ron Hainsey was not present at practice today as he is nursing an upper body injury that he suffered in the second period against the Penguins. Derek Meech will get the call to play in his first regular season game as a Winnipeg Jet on Wednesday to help out on the blueline.

“It’s exciting, my first regular season as a Jet," said Meech. "I’m looking forward to going into Toronto with a good effort. The guys came out and played really well last night. We did a lot of good things throughout the game and we want to carry that over to Toronto. They have a very strong team there and they’re playing well so we’re going to have to bring our “A” game for sure.”

Jets head coach Claude Noel spoke to media after the skate and feels that Meech’s experience and hockey smarts will be a great addition to the lineup against Toronto.

“Derek has shown that he is a good player,” said Noel. “He has experience in the league, skating is a strength, he’s a smart player and I think he’s going to have good energy. He’s dying to play so he’ll get an opportunity and we’re going to be patient with him, as we are with all of them. I’m looking forward to seeing him in the lineup.”

Sitting on the sidelines, although difficult for a player, gives a different perspective on the game. Meech was able to watch the game from a bird’s-eye view and see the small things that the team was able to improve on Monday night.

“We’re playing together as a unit a lot better,” Meech feels. “Guys were in the right spots and it was easier to find guys in the open ice. We’re getting it deep a lot more often and eliminating turnovers. We just need to continue to improve and get better at that.”

KANE BACK ON THE ICE

Evander Kane was on the ice for the Jets full practice at the MTS Centre Tuesday morning after missing Monday night’s game against the Penguins. He was out of the lineup with a lower body injury that he suffered last Saturday against the Phoenix Coyotes.

“It feels a lot better today,” said Kane. “I’ve made some progress so we’ll see how it goes tomorrow. I’m hoping to be in the lineup tomorrow night.

“I don’t like sitting out regardless of what it is. It was definitely tough to not play but it was great for the guys to get a win.”

Looking forward to Toronto, Kane, as well as the rest of the dressing room, understands that the Leafs are playing strong hockey right now and it won’t be a cake-walk to pick up two points.

“They are a team that really likes to skate," said Kane. "They have a lot of speedy guys and they’re playing well right now. It’s going to be a tough test for us.”

“They’ve had a great start and played some great hockey,” said Ondrej Pavelec. “They have a lot of guys who can score goals. It’s another tough game for us and it’s going to be a great test. We have to play our game and if we want to make the playoffs, we’re going to have to start winning on the road.”


Author: Kristi Hennessy- winnipegjets.com

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
2 ANA 65 41 17 7 193 178 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
12 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 64 22 30 14 52
B. Little 64 24 27 11 51
B. Wheeler 62 17 29 14 46
D. Byfuglien 64 15 27 8 42
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 64 10 26 3 36
M. Frolik 64 13 20 4 33
D. Stafford 58 11 17 -19 28
J. Tlusty 54 13 11 -18 24
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 19 7 5 .919 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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