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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
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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01