The one-step-forward, one-step-backward scenario continues to play itself out on the Winnipeg Jets
’ injury front.
The Jets (22-20-5) confirmed that defenseman Zach Bogosian
would return for their game tonight against the Florida Panthers
at MTS Centre. Bogosian missed five games after exiting the Jets’ Jan. 10 contest at Boston with a lower-body injury.
However, the Jets received a major loss to their top forward line with the news that left wing Evander Kane
has a concussion. Kane leads the Jets with 18 goals, and his prognosis remains to be seen for the immediate future. Eric Fehr
will slide into Kane’s slot on the Jets’ top line.
Center Tim Stapleton
will miss the game tonight with an undisclosed injury as well. The Jets also recalled center Patrice Cormier
from their American Hockey League affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps, and he should play tonight.
The Jets are already without defenseman Dustin Byfuglien
, and his return date remains unknown. The Jets assigned defenseman Derek Meech
, who has missed most of the season with a knee injury, to St. John’s this morning.
will face the Panthers in net tonight.
Here are the projected lines and pairings for Winnipeg:
– Bryan Little
– Blake Wheeler
– Nik Antropov
– Kyle Wellwood
– Jim Slater
– Chris Thorburn
– Patrice Cormier
– Antti Miettinen
– Ron Hainsey
– Zach Bogosian
– Randy Jones