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Posted On Wednesday, 01.21.2015 / 3:17 PM

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

At the Rink: Blue Jackets at Jets

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.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.18.2015 / 1:42 PM

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

At the Rink: Coyotes at Jets

WINNIPEG – A long stretch of games for the Winnipeg Jets that concludes Sunday against the Arizona Coyotes should allow them to catch their breath this week.

For a team finishing a stretch of seven games in 11 days, the news regarding injured left wing Mathieu Perreault might also let the Jets exhale a collective sigh of relief. The Jets have won three consecutive games and four of their past five, and Perreault has been a major factor.

Perreault was injured by a cross-check to his left arm from Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo at the end of the second period of the Jets' 4-2 win on Friday. Perreault has 13 goals in his past 21 games and is fourth on the Jets in scoring with 15 goals and 14 assists.

After the morning skate Sunday, Jets coach Paul Maurice announced that Perreault will miss the game against Arizona. Maurice also does not have any expectation that Perreault will play Wednesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

However, Maurice is hopeful that Perreault will feel better after the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 25. The Jets' first game after the All-Star break is Jan. 27 at the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.13.2015 / 3:15 PM

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

At the Rink: Panthers at Jets

WINNIPEG – The Florida Panthers look to make a strong road trip even more successful when they visit the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

The Panthers are 4-1-0 on their six-game trip. Their three-game winning streak is their longest of the season.

"There is no second-guessing among players," Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell said of first-year coach Gerard Gallant and the success that the Panthers have had lately. "We know how we need to play, how hard and what he wants us to play like."

Gallant will have center Aleksander Barkov back in the lineup Tuesday. Barkov has missed the past two games because of the flu. Center Brandon Pirri will come out of the Florida lineup.

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Posted On Monday, 01.05.2015 / 3:13 PM

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

At the Rink: Sharks at Jets

WINNIPEG -- San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan laid out some firm expectations for his team when it faces the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.

Coming off a 7-2 home loss against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, the Sharks are 1-3-1 in their past five games. The slump has followed a stretch in which San Jose went 9-1-0.

"I want to see a better start, [and] I want to see a higher commitment level to the team game and then to the individual game," McLellan said after the morning skate Monday. "Our special teams have to get better. When you go down the list, there is a lot to tick off."

The game Monday begins a three-game trip through the Central Division for the Sharks, who will be without center Joe Thornton. San Jose placed Thornton on injured reserve Sunday with an upper-body injury after he did not dress Saturday.

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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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