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Jets prepare to close home stand without Enstrom

Defenceman diagnosed with concussion after Sestito hit

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 /

Head coach Paul Maurice had the update on Toby Enstrom after practice today, and while there were no facial fractures following the hit from Pittsburgh's Tom Sestito like the team first feared, the prognosis still isn't good.

"He's got a concussion. He's out indefinitely," Maurice said. "We don't know what the time frame is for him."

Sestito was suspended four games by the NHL's Department of Player Safety yesterday. Captain Blake Wheeler said Enstrom will be missed on the Jets blue line.

"He's one guy that does a great job breaking the puck out," said Wheeler. "He's a nightmare for forecheckers. He seems to be able to slide by guys and move the puck into those big holes. He's going to be missed. He's a heck of a player for us."

Video: PRACTICE | Blake Wheeler

Enstrom wasn't the only player missing from the 45-minute practice at MTS Centre today. Josh Morrissey and Chris Thorburn were also absent, after both blocked shots in the 7-4 loss to the Penguins on Wednesday.

The outlook on those two is more positive however, as Maurice says Morrissey "should be good for tomorrow" against Calgary. Thorburn is just off that, with Maurice listing the veteran forward as questionable.

Saturday's game against the Flames will wrap up a six-game home stand. Winnipeg is 2-3-0 during that stretch so far, and are looking to bounce back from losses to the San Jose Sharks and the Penguins earlier this week.

"I liked our game against San Jose. We played well. Their coach thought we did too. I liked half of our game against Pittsburgh," Maurice said. "What Pittsburgh did wasn't based on skill level in my mind - some of it is because they come up with so many of the puck battles, their hand skills are good - but it's speed and a real competitive game that they played. We get to that level. We're just not as consistent with it as Pittsburgh and San Jose."

Video: PRACTICE | Paul Maurice

The Jets had been consistent on the power play heading to the contest against Pittsburgh, having recorded at least a goal on the man advantage in four of the last five games.

But after going 0-for-5 with eight shots against the Penguins, the power play units were hard at work trying to get back what made them successful.

"I think we're kind of standing around too much. So we're trying to create a little bit more movement. That's what we worked on," said Mathieu Perreault. "You have to grab more ice to get the puck. Instead of the one-timer, when we're all standing around waiting for a shot, you have to move to get open.

"I was talking to the (penalty killers). It gets harder on them because they have to move a lot more. They get tired. It's one thing we're going to try and do."

Video: PRACTICE | Mathieu Perreault

The power play will be a key piece tomorrow night against a Flames team that has won eight in a row. During that stretch, the Flames penalty kill is at 73.7 per cent.

While the Flames hold down the top wildcard spot, the Jets are in pursuit of the St. Louis Blues in the second wildcard spot, five points up on Winnipeg.

"It's a great opportunity. They come in playing some really good hockey," said Wheeler. "They've been playing really well. It's going to be a nice challenge for us to hopefully head out on the road on a good note."

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