Lineup questions remain for Jets
KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency
|Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien, forward Nik Antropov and forward Andrew Ladd get direction from coach Claude Noel. (JASON HALSTEAD/QMI Agency)
Claude Noel is no closer to knowing who will be available for the Winnipeg Jets as they get set to face the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.
The Jets have won five consecutive home games and five of six overall to improve to 14-12-4 overall.
Forward Alex Burmistrov (undisclosed) and defencemen Randy Jones (upper-body) and Dustin Byfuglien (maintenance) all skipped practice on Wednesday.
On the positive front, forwards Nik Antropov and Eric Fehr and defenceman Ron Hainsey were all participants after dealing with a variety of ailments of late and should be options for Thursday's game with their Southeast Division rival.
Defenceman Toby Enstrom (collarbone) also took part in practice but he’s unlikely to suit up until later this month, according to Noel.
Newly acquired forward Antti Miettinen is expected to arrive in Winnipeg from Finland later today, but Noel said he won’t be in the lineup before Saturday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.
“Our roster changes so much day-to-day that you don’t know who you’ve got, so you just kind of make due with where people are,” said Noel. “There’s no sense pre-planning or anything. I’ll just wait and see.”
The Jets are still waiting to hear whether defenceman Zach Bogosian will have a hearing to discuss the potential for supplemental discipline for his hit on Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard on Tuesday.
“What do you guys want to talk about?” said Bogosian. “I have not seen the hit yet. I’m not really sure how it looks on replay. I remember on the play, I was kind of cut off behind the net. From there, obviously it’s unfortunate and I hope the guy is OK. It wasn’t my intention to put him into the boards like that. I haven’t been contacted by anybody yet. I’m just focused on (facing) Washington. That (hit) is something that’s in the past. For right now, I’m not going to think about it too much.”
“I haven’t really concerned myself with it, it’s out of my hands,” added Noel. “The league will look at it and do what they do. I never woke up this morning thinking ‘I wonder if he’s suspended or anything.’ I haven’t heard anything and I don’t know what’s happening.”
Earlier in the day, the Jets found out defenceman Arturs Kulda has cleared waivers and he was assigned to the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League.
Kulda had no points in nine games with the Jets, but did a nice job filling in on the back end in light of all the injuries.