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Jets Journal: Back to Health

The Jets may have a few missing pieces back in the lineup on Thursday.

Wednesday, 02.1.2012 / 1:17 PM CT / Jets Journal
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
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Jets Journal: Back to Health
The Jets may have a few missing pieces back in the lineup on Thursday.

After a well deserved, hard-fought 2-1 shootout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night, the Jets boarded their charter to head to Tampa Bay, Florida. The team got in in the wee hours on Wednesday morning and hit the pillow for a good night's rest.

After enjoying the beautiful morning in Tampa Bay, with temperatures reaching over 25 degrees, the team joined at the Tampa Bay Forum for an afternoon skate. Every player was accounted for, with the exception of Zach Bogosian, who, as Coach Noel confirmed was sitting out today for regular maintenance.

Dustin Byfuglien and Alexander Burmistrov were both skating with the team for the third consecutive day and again were not wearing non-contact jerseys. They both told media that they feel great and are good to go if they get the nod in tomorrow's matchup against the Lightning.

"It'll be a tomorrow decision but he looked good today," Coach Claude Noel said of Byfuglien. "I think he's on IR so we have to do some things. I haven't spoken with Chevy or the management yet but he looks pretty good. I haven't spoken to him about it yet but he's been coming along and we're hoping he's a player."

Byfuglien has missed 16 games to injury so, as expected, he is more than eager to get back on the ice to help his team on this road trip, as is the rest of the team. With that said, returning from any lengthy injury can be risky as fatigue and re-injuring are both possibilities.

"You have to be intelligent with how things go," Noel continued. "Buff hasn't practiced much or played with us for the last four or five weeks. There are a lot of things he can help us to do but, how much can he play? He hasn't practiced that much so is he a 24 minute player? I'd be hard-pressed to say he's going to play that."

Byfuglien said he has no concern about his injury or playing in three games in four nights, if he gets the green light. The waiting game is close to over.

"I'm sick of sitting out and watching," said Byfuglien. "it's not the most fun thing to be doing but you've got to take care of yourself so you're ready to go. We've been playing some pretty good hockey right now, it's just the little things we need to focus on and we'll be alright."

Burmistrov has missed the last two games after being hit into the boards in Carolina on January 23rd He continued to play after the hit as he played 18:29 that game. He addressed the trainers and coaching staff with possible concussion symptoms so the team did not take any chances. Burmistrov said that he has taken the concussion test and has passed, meaning he should be getting the go-ahead for Thursday.

Author: Kristi Hennessy

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
O. Pavelec 19 15 7 .917 2.39
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
 
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