WINNIPEG -- The 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend could not have arrived at a better time for the Winnipeg Jets.
The Jets host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday before they begin their break, which ends Jan. 27. The game Wednesday follows a stretch of seven games in 11 days for the Jets, who have battled an assortment of injuries to their defense corps since late-November.
Winnipeg will have defenseman Jacob Trouba back in the lineup against Columbus after they activated him from injured reserve Wednesday. Trouba has not played since Dec. 13, missing 16 games because of an upper-body injury.
However the Jets will sit out defenseman Mark Stuart, who has an undisclosed injury, until after the break. Stuart played six games after returning to the Winnipeg lineup from a lower-body injury sustained Dec. 16.
With Stuart out, Trouba will pair with defenseman Jay Harrison.