WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- A 3-2 overtime win Tuesday night for the Winnipeg Jets eased the flow of breakdowns that plagued them on a three-game road trip last week.
Now the Jets (4-4-1) have a Thursday night date with the Toronto Maple Leafs at MTS Centre to try to mitigate further some of the damage from the 0-3-0 sojourn. With a road visit to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday followed by home meetings with the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins, the Jets need to start collecting points.
The Jets will not be receiving any injury relief against Toronto, however. Zach Bogosian nudged closer to an eventual return from offseason wrist surgery and participated in his first morning skate of the season with the Jets. However, Jets coach Claude Noel said afterward that Bogosian remains "a ways away" from making his season debut. Dustin Byfuglien also participated in the Jets' morning skate, but he will miss his fourth consecutive game with an undisclosed injury.
Winnipeg returned 19-year-old center Mark Scheifele to the Ontario Hockey League's Barrie Colts on Wednesday to reduce the logjam among the forward corps.
Noel will start goaltender Ondrej Pavelec for the ninth time in the Jets' first 10 games.
Here are the possible line combinations for the Jets:
Evander Kane – Olli Jokinen – Blake Wheeler
Andrew Ladd – Alexander Burmistrov – Bryan Little
Alexei Ponikarovsky – Nikolai Antropov – Kyle Wellwood
James Wright – Jim Slater – Chris Thorburn
Tobias Enstrom – Ron Hainsey
Mark Stuart – Zach Redmond
Grant Clitsome – Paul Postma
Injured: Zach Bogosian, Dustin Byfuglien, Antti Miettinen
Scratched: Anthony Peluso