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Jets Journal: Back to Health

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

Wednesday, 01.02.2012 / 2:17 PM / 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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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 49 17 23 10 40
B. Little 49 18 20 10 38
B. Wheeler 49 13 23 11 36
D. Byfuglien 49 12 20 9 32
M. Perreault 46 15 14 2 29
M. Frolik 49 10 16 6 26
M. Scheifele 49 7 19 4 26
E. Kane 34 10 12 6 22
A. Lowry 48 6 9 3 15
J. Trouba 33 5 9 5 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 14 4 2 .935 1.90
O. Pavelec 12 11 6 .911 2.52
 
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