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Kulikov out long-term due to back surgery

Maurice says next update on the defenceman will come in eight weeks

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - Another long-term injury has hit the Winnipeg Jets roster.

Dmitry Kulikov will have surgery on his back, and will be re-evaluated after eight weeks.

Head coach Paul Maurice said it is a reoccurrence of the injury that limited him to 47 games with the Buffalo Sabres last season.

"We waited for the inflammation to go down, there were a couple of different ways to do it," said Maurice. "But everybody agreed in the end, I don't know if it's the fastest, but certainly the best for the player long-term is to get it done and get it fixed."

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Jets injury report

The Jets have lost 238 man games due to injury or illness so far this season

by Staff @NHLJets /

Updated March 17, 2018

Total Man Games Lost: 238

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Jets score five unanswered goals to beat Blackhawks

Stastny, Trouba return to action to help Jets snap three-game winless skid

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - An early dose of adversity to begin a six-game home stand didn't rattle the confidence of the Winnipeg Jets.

Brandon Saad put the Chicago Blackhawks up 1-0 just 11 seconds into the opening period, but all that did was motivate the Jets.

They responded with five unanswered goals before the end of the first period, and finished with a 6-2 win, snapping a three-game winless skid that included an overtime loss.

Video: POSTGAME | Jets 6, Blackhawks 2 - F

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Tonight on JetsTV Live | Mar. 15

Coverage starts at 6 pm CT across all digital platforms

by JetsTV Staff @NHLJets /

The Winnipeg Jets have returned home, and that means the JetsTV Live Pre-Game Show returns to all digital platforms as the Jets begin a six-game home stand tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Tune in at 6 pm CT, as Host and Insider Jamie Thomas recaps the road trip and sets the stage for the third meeting of the season between the two Central Division clubs.

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GAME DAY | Jets begin six-game home stand tonight vs. Blackhawks

7:00pm CT - TV: TSN3; Radio: TSN 1290

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

Be sure to catch the JetsTV Live Pre-Game Show with Jamie Thomas, Mitchell Clinton & more beginning at 6:00pm CT right here on and the Jets mobile app, as well as YouTube and Facebook Live.

WINNIPEG - Sitting at 231 man games lost to injury heading into game 71 of the regular season, reinforcements are on the way for the Winnipeg Jets.

With the Chicago Blackhawks in town to begin a six-game home stand, the Jets will have Paul Stastny back in the line-up after he missed Tuesday's loss to Nashville.

There is also a possibility that defenceman Jacob Trouba could return, after missing 20 games with a lower-body injury.

"It's all signed off on by everybody. It was an ankle sprain, so he's done the tweaks that you go through when you come back. He's had those, he survived them," said head coach Paul Maurice.

"There's no reason why he wouldn't play. I just wanted him to get through the morning skate and see how he is. I'll make that decision at game time tonight."

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Jets recall Comrie from Manitoba

Comrie has played in 31 games for the Moose this season and has a 17-11-3 record

by Winnipeg Jets PR @WpgJetsPR / Press Release

Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Jets announced today that they have recalled goaltender Eric Comrie from the Manitoba Moose.

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Injury-depleted Jets fall to Predators in road trip finale

Stastny injured in warm-up, Hutchinson leaves game with upper-body injury

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

NASHVILLE, Tennessee - After a gruelling 10 days on the road, the Winnipeg Jets were hit with more adversity before the puck dropped on the sixth and final stop in Nashville.

Paul Stastny was injured in warm-up and was unavailable for the game, and before the first period was over, the Jets had also lost goaltender Michael Hutchinson to an upper-body injury.

Nashville jumped on the Jets, building a 3-0 lead in the opening 8:49, and handed the Jets a 3-1 loss to close out the road trip.

Video: POSTGAME | JetsTV Road Report

But while the Jets overall record dropped to 41-19-10 loss, captain Blake Wheeler was proud of his team.

"Name a team in the league that's down half their D- corps, and three of their four centres, and two goaltenders," Wheeler said post-game about an injury list that is now nine names long.

"There are nights you make excuses to make yourself feel better, and there are nights when the reality of the situation is that you're playing against a loaded deck. Our guys fought, man."

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GAME DAY: Jets look to finish trip on a high note in the Music City

7:00pm CT - TV: TSN3; Radio: TSN 1290

by Staff @NHLJets /

With this being the second half of a back-to-back situation, the Jets will not be holding a morning skate prior to the 7:00pm CT puck drop in Nashville. The one lineup change that is confirmed at this point is that centre Matt Hendricks will not play, as he left Monday's overtime loss to the Washington Capitals early in the third period and did not return with an undisclosed injury.

Michael Hutchinson is expected to get the start in goal after Connor Hellebuyck had a busy but brilliant, 40-save effort in Monday's OT setback. Hutchinson is 2-0 on the year with the Jets, with a 2.00 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage.

Video: PREGAME | JetsTV Road Report


Tonight's Game

The Winnipeg Jets conclude a season-high six-game road trip tonight against the Nashville Predators in what is their second game in as many nights...The Jets dropped to 3-1-1 on the trip after a 3-2 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals last night...After tonight, the Jets return to Winnipeg to begin a six-game homestand at Bell MTS Place, beginning Thursday night against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Jets vs. Predators Notes

- Winnipeg has points in four of their last six games against Nashville (3-2-1).
- The last five meetings between the Predators have been decided by two goals or less.
- The winning team has scored at least five goals in five of the last seven games between these two teams.
- The Jets and Predators have combined for 29 goals in the first three meetings this season.
- Winnipeg is 3-for-8 (37.8%) on the power play in their last three trips to Nashville.

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Ehlers, Laine score, but Jets fall in overtime to Washington

Hellebuyck makes 40 saves, Laine extends point streak to 12

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the words of Connor Hellebuyck, "every point is earned."

The Winnipeg Jets earned every bit of the single point they left Washington's Capital One Arena with, as for the second straight game, they faced a third period deficit.

This time though, the Jets found the equalizer, before Evgeny Kuznetsov scored on a breakaway in overtime to hand Winnipeg a 3-2 loss.

Video: POSTGAME | JetsTV Road Report

"They were better than us in the first half, we were better than them in the second half," said Blake Wheeler.

"We were just all over the puck. They weren't able to make any clean passes, they were bobbling pucks. We had plenty of chances to win this game.

"The general feeling is disappointment. We felt we probably should have got two (points) there… It was there for us, just weren't able to do it."

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Good news/bad news: Jets' injury situation comes into focus

Scheifele returns to practice; Lowry, Trouba shed non-contact jerseys

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick /

UPDATE - MAR. 13, 12:30PM CT: Matt Hendricks left Monday's game with an indisclosed injury and will not play on against the Predators.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - For now, the Winnipeg Jets' injury list isn't getting any shorter, but for the first time in a while, there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel for many of the team's walking wounded.

Head Coach Paul Maurice provided a thorough update on the Jets' injury situation prior to Monday's game against the Capitals:

Mark Scheifele (upper body) returned to the ice for the first time, albeit in a yellow, non-contact sweater after leaving last Tuesday's game against the New York Rangers. Scheifele, who played only 12 games after returning from a 16-game absence early in the new year, has 21 goals and 51 points this season.

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