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Posted On Saturday, 01.03.2015 / 2:00 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Maple Leafs at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The long road for the Toronto Maple Leafs ends Saturday when they visit the Winnipeg Jets.

The game will close a season-high seven-game road trip for the Maple Leafs, who lost 3-1 at the Minnesota Wild on Friday. The loss was Toronto's sixth in its past eight games (2-6-0).

After returning home to Air Canada Centre for two games next week, the Maple Leafs will begin a stretch of nine of their next 11 games on the road.

With an arrival in Winnipeg early Saturday, Toronto held a lightly attended optional morning skate. At 3.23 goals per game, the Maple Leafs enter play Saturday with the highest-scoring offense in the NHL, but they will be without center Nazem Kadri and left wing Joffrey Lupul. Each player is out with a lower-body injury. Center Peter Holland has an upper-body injury and will not play Saturday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.31.2014 / 2:56 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Islanders at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The New York Islanders begin a season-long seven-game road trip Wednesday when they visit the Winnipeg Jets.

The game will begin a stretch of eight of nine games on the road for the Islanders, whose 24 wins tie them with the Montreal Canadiens for the most in the Eastern Conference.

Neither team held a morning skate Wednesday, and it is not clear whether Islanders right wing Michael Grabner will be available for the game. Grabner has missed all but five games this season because of a lower-body injury, and he has not played since Dec. 13. Grabner participated in the morning skate Monday before the Islanders’ 4-3 overtime win against the Washington Capitals.

The Jets have long-term injury problems of their own. Defensemen Zach Bogosian, Toby Enstrom and Mark Stuart each are out with lower-body injuries. Defenseman Jacob Trouba is out with an upper body injury. Left wing Evander Kane is out with a lower-body injury sustained in the first game of a home-and-home series with the Minnesota Wild on Dec. 27.

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Posted On Monday, 12.29.2014 / 2:58 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Wild at Jets

WINNIPEG -- Goaltender Michael Hutchinson will be in and left wing Evander Kane will be out for the Winnipeg Jets when they finish a home-and-home series with the Minnesota Wild at MTS Centre on Monday.

Kane will be out until early February with a lower-body injury he sustained in a 4-3 overtime win at Minnesota on Saturday, Jets coach Paul Maurice announced after the morning skate. Kane has six goals and nine assists in 26 games after missing eight games in October with a knee injury.

Maurice will move left wing Chris Thorburn to Kane's spot on the third line with center Adam Lowry and right wing Matt Halischuk. TJ Galiardi will replace Thorburn at left wing on the fourth line. The Jets also recalled left wing Patrice Cormier from the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League on Sunday, but he will not dress.

Hutchinson will start for the third consecutive game and the fourth time in the past five games.

"[Hutchinson's] play has been stellar for an awfully long time," Maurice said, adding Hutchinson having faced Minnesota on Saturday also factored into his decision.

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Posted On Sunday, 12.21.2014 / 2:50 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Flyers at Jets

WINNIPEG -- Veteran goaltender Rob Zepp will make his NHL debut at age 33 for the Philadelphia Flyers when they visit the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.

A fourth-round pick by Carolina Hurricanes in the 2001 NHL Draft, Zepp signed with Philadelphia last summer after spending the past six seasons with Eisbaeren Berlin of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Before this season, Zepp had not played in North America since the 2004-05 season.

The Flyers recalled Zepp on Friday from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League after Steve Mason sustained an upper-body injury at practice. Mason will be re-evaluated Monday.

Zepp went 8-5-4 in 17 games with Lehigh Valley this season with a 2.70 goals-against average and.918 save percentage.

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Posted On Friday, 12.19.2014 / 6:50 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Bruins at Jets

WINNIPEG -- Veteran NHL defenseman Jay Harrison will be in the lineup for the Winnipeg Jets when they host the Boston Bruins on Friday.

After losing their top four defensemen to long-term injuries in the past three weeks, the Jets acquired the 32-year-old from the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday in a trade for a sixth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft that originally belonged to the Ottawa Senators.

Harrison joins a blue line that is missing Zach Bogosian, Toby Enstrom and Mark Stuart each to a lower-body injury, and Jacob Trouba (upper body).

Harrison arrived after the morning skate and will play the left side of a pairing with Grant Clitsome. In 20 games with Carolina this season, Harrison had a goal and three assists.

"I hope to provide some stability on the back [end]," Harrison said. "A puck-moving, physical defenseman, as well as some leadership to get us over the hump [until] we get some of those regular guys back and to continue to move forward and to maintain the success that has been part of this team this season."

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Posted On Tuesday, 12.16.2014 / 2:58 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Sabres at Jets

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets will be missing another key piece of their defense when they play the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.

The Jets announced after the morning skate Tuesday that second-year defenseman Jacob Trouba will be out until February with an unspecified upper-body injury. Jets coach Paul Maurice called Trouba's injury "a pre-existing condition that most players deal with."

Trouba did not practice Monday, something that Maurice said at the time was a maintenance day. Maurice also said that Trouba was "probable" for the game Tuesday.

Winnipeg's defense is also missing Zach Bogosian and Toby Enstrom with lower-body injuries.

However, the Jets will have one defenseman back in their lineup. Grant Clitsome, who has not played since Nov. 28 because of an unspecified injury, will dress Tuesday.

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Posted On Saturday, 12.13.2014 / 1:47 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Ducks at Jets

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets will have left wing Evander Kane back in their lineup when they host the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.

Kane served a two-game suspension this week for his hit from behind on Anaheim defenseman Clayton Stoner at MTS Centre on Dec. 7. The suspension was the first of Kane’s career.

Kane, who has four goals this season, will skate with center Adam Lowry and right wing Matt Halischuk against the Ducks, who won their sixth consecutive game 4-2 against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

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Posted On Friday, 12.05.2014 / 1:51 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Avalanche at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets will have a new look on defense when they host the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

Coach Paul Maurice disclosed three significant injuries to the Winnipeg defense corps after practice Thursday that included the team's top pairing.

Defenseman Zach Bogosian (lower body) will be out 4-6 weeks and was placed on injured reserve. It is thought that Bogosian injured his foot blocking a shot in the Jets' 3-2 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

Toby Enstrom, Bogosian's partner on the Jets' top pairing, already had missed the past four games with a lower-body injury before Maurice announced that he will be out until the end of December.

Defenseman Grant Clitsome (undisclosed) also did not dress for the game Wednesday and will be out for a minimum of two weeks, according to Maurice.

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Posted On Wednesday, 12.03.2014 / 2:29 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Oilers at Jets

WINNIPEG -- The Edmonton Oilers will attempt to grab their first win in 11 games Wednesday when they visit the Winnipeg Jets.

The Oilers have not won since Nov. 9, going 0-7-3 in that span. Coach Dallas Eakins unveiled a new look to the lineup for Wednesday in an attempt to shake up his dressing room.

Right wing Tyler Pitlick, who played his first NHL game of the season Monday in a 5-2 home loss against the Arizona Coyotes, will move to Edmonton's top line, with left wing Taylor Hall and center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

"[Pitlick] brought a lot of what we need right now," Eakins said after the Edmonton morning skate. "We've been asking our forwards to play a grittier game, a get-to-the-net game, and we've restructured the lines a little bit [and] we think will help us in a number of different ways."

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Posted On Sunday, 11.23.2014 / 4:33 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blues at Jets

WINNIPEG – The St. Louis Blues will have an unlikely addition to their injury list when they finish their four-game road trip against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.

Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will miss the game with a lower-body injury sustained in a 3-2 road win against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Bouwmeester did not skate in the pregame warm-up at MTS Centre and his streak of 737 consecutive games played will end.

Bouwmeester had not missed a game since the 2003-04 season when he was with the Florida Panthers.

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