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Jets Journal: Home for Hurricanes

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

Friday, 10.21.2011 / 2:32 PM CT / 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 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54


A. Ladd 76 24 37 12 61
B. Wheeler 74 25 34 24 59
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
M. Scheifele 76 14 32 9 46
D. Byfuglien 67 18 27 6 45
D. Stafford 70 16 25 -15 41
M. Frolik 76 17 23 4 40
M. Perreault 57 18 18 3 36
J. Tlusty 66 14 15 -19 29
T. Myers 66 7 19 -9 26
O. Pavelec 19 15 7 .917 2.39
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
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