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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
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Jets Journal: Home for Hurricanes
The Jets return home to face the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night at the MTS Centre.

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 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46


B. Little 63 24 26 9 50
A. Ladd 63 20 30 12 50
B. Wheeler 61 16 28 12 44
D. Byfuglien 63 15 26 6 41
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 63 10 25 4 35
M. Frolik 63 13 19 3 32
D. Stafford 57 10 17 -18 27
J. Tlusty 53 13 10 -17 23
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
M. Hutchinson 18 7 5 .920 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
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