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Jets Journal: Home for Hurricanes

The Jets are back home as they get ready to face Carolina on Saturday

Friday, 21.10.2011 / 3:32 PM / Jets Journal
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content

The Winnipeg Jets have returned home today from their two-game road trip to Toronto and Ottawa where they picked up just one point in a shootout loss, of a possible four points.

Head coach Claude Noel hosted an optional skate Friday morning at the MTS Iceplex in which most players chose to attend.

The players who were not present on the ice were the following:

Alex Burmistrov, Evander Kane, Nik Antropov, Andrew Ladd, Ron Hainsey, Tobias Enstrom, Dustin Byfuglien and Ondrej Pavelec. Andrew Ladd and Rob Hainsey were the only players who did not skate today due to injury. Hainsey, who has been out since October 19th with an upper body injury is still not ready to come back to practice and most likely will not be available back in the lineup for at least a week or more.

Ladd, who took a puck to the nose last night required a total of six stitches in his nose and was with the doctor today making sure that everything is alright for him to play.

"He looks a lot worse today," said Noel on Ladd. "We're just going to get him checked out and make sure he's ok. We'll wait to see what the report gives us and go from there."

As for him being available for Saturday's game against the Hurricanes?

"Depends if he can breathe. You can always put a shield on him. Players always want to play so their going to give you the utmost to get in the lineup so I'm not quite sure, we'll have to assess that from the experts."


Fehr has been injured before the season even began battling with a shoulder injury. Fehr has been skating by himself for awhile now but today, he threw on the red jersey and red socks to participate in his first (optional) team skate.

Coach Noel said he is most likely a couple weeks away or more yet but happy to see him on the ice with the group and making progress.

"He's a ways away yet," Noel said. "He's not cleared for contact yet so he's just practicing with us. It's a week or two or might be longer than that. He has to be cleared for physical contact and then it's ten days so we have to get him out here and see how it goes."

For Fehr, it was more a matter of just breaking up the routine of skating alone and finding out how close or far away he is from joining the roster.

"I just wanted to get an opportunity to play with the guys in a practice and see where I measure up with them right now," said Fehr after his skate.

"I'm used to skating with nobody on the ice, it's a little bit different when there's a bunch of them. Definitely rusty, but it felt great to get that first one out of the way. I'll still be skating by myself a lot but I wanted to break up the monotony of skating by myself all the time and shoot a couple pucks on a goalie for a change."

Fehr as had six games to watch how the Jets are playing so far this season. He sees the positives and the negatives of the team and just hopes that they can find a way to eliminate the mistakes that they are making that are costing them points.

"We've shown spurts of a team that's going to win a lot of games and we've shown spurts of a team that is costing us games," he said. "As long as we get things ironed out in the next couple of games, we'll be alright.

"We have to keep it a little bit more simple. Just get pucks deep and start to work the other teams' defence. We have big quick forwards and that's going to be something we need to use."


Alex Burmistrov enjoyed his 20th birthday on the team charter on the way home from Ottawa last night. In mid-flight at midnight, the flight attendants walked a big chocolate cake with candles and party hats down the airplane isle to his seat to give him a warm happy birthday.

Players, coaches and management gave their young player and teammate pats on the back and shared some laughs over cake, cookies and milk to celebrate in his special day.

"It was nice to have the players and coaching staff congratulate me on the plane last night." said Burmistrov.

Author: Kristi Hennessy-




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


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
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01