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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 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 VAN 64 36 24 4 184 176 76
7 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
13 ARI 65 21 37 7 142 220 49
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 65 22 30 13 52
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
B. Wheeler 63 17 29 13 46
D. Byfuglien 65 15 27 6 42
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 65 10 26 2 36
M. Frolik 65 14 20 5 34
D. Stafford 59 11 17 -20 28
J. Tlusty 55 13 11 -19 24
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 19 8 5 .918 2.34
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.57
 
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