Ladd ready for Hurricanes

Jets forward Andrew Ladd is sporting a pair of shiners and hoping the swelling around his eyes goes...

Jets forward Andrew Ladd is sporting a pair of shiners and hoping the swelling around his eyes goes down after taking a puck to the face. (Jason Halstead/QMI Agency)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:39 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Andrew Ladd is looking a little worse for wear after taking an errant puck to the nose on Thursday, but the Winnipeg Jets captain will be in the lineup as they face the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night at MTS Centre.

Ladd is sporting a pair of shiners and hoping the swelling around his eyes goes down, but reports that his vision is fine and hes simply going to wear a visor and battle through the injury.

Its definitely not a good look, said Ladd, who wore a visor at the IIHF World Hockey Championship last spring. Itll be a little adjustment but Im sure it wont take long to get used to.

I got (the puck) right off the nose, I knew it wasnt my eye. Its a weird feeling when you get hit in the face. You go numb, I saw the blood and you go off the ice. The vision is fine. As long as I can still play, Im happy.

Ladd has been applauded for his courage in coming back after getting six stitches, but hes also taking a little abuse from his teammates.

Look at him right now, said Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien. Its just part of the game, pretty much. You can sit out and be a baby about it or you can come back and show the boys that youre willing to play no matter what.

All kidding aside, Jets head coach Claude Noel is searching for improvement after his club limped out to a 1-4-1 start.

We cant keep going down this path where you get one goal and give up four, that formula doesnt work, said Noel. We have to be a lot better, theres no question. To me, theres no excuses. Its time to start winning here.

Were better than what were showing. Were underachieving. Were playing hard and were just not winning games. Were finding ways to not produce. Its not because were not trying.

The Hurricanes are 3-2-2 this season and coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues on Friday night in Missouri.

The Jets will insert Ben Maxwell, who has been dealing with a back injury, and put him between Evander Kane and rookie Mark Scheifele, who will play right wing.

Ive been waiting a little while for this and its a bit frustrating that injury put a bit of a delay on my season. Im excited to get going, said Maxwell, who will replace Tim Stapleton. Its part of the game, Ive been injured in the past and I know how to deal with it.

Im going to play my game, not doing anything different and Im going to go for it.

The Jets are expected to make one other lineup change, inserting Randy Jones for Winnipegger Derek Meech.

Ondrej Pavelec gets the call in goal for the Jets, while the Hurricanes are expected to counter with Brian Boucher.

In order for Maxwell to be activated, defenceman Ron Hainsey has been placed on injured reserve.

Puck drop is 6:05 p.m. local tonight (CBC, TSN 1290).


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