Bench too warm for Jets' Fehr
Struggling winger hoping to earn spot back
KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency
Eric Fehr went on the recent two-game road trip with the Jets but didn’t get to play against his former team, the Washington Capitals, because he was a healthy scratch for the second time this season.
He also watched Saturday’s 8-5 loss to the Penguins, but that could be a good thing because head coach Claude Noel is looking at making some lineup changes after that debacle.
“I haven’t talked to coach lately,” Fehr said. “If I get put in the lineup I gotta play hard, and if I’m not in the lineup I gotta continue to work hard to get back in.
“It’s not the way I drew the season out, but this is what I have to deal with right now and just gotta continue to work hard and show them that I’m ready. When I get called on I gotta perform.”
Second-line centre Nik Antropov has registered just one shot in his last seven games, and head coach Claude Noel appeared to be put on the spot when asked how the veteran has been playing lately.
“It’s been … do you want me to give him a rating? I’m not going to do it publicly,” Noel said. “He’s been OK.”
Noel switched up his lines during Monday’s practice at MTS Centre, including taking Antropov off the second line in favour of Alex Burmistrov, but the head coach wasn’t certain if he would make any changes for Tuesday night’s game against the Islanders.
Antropov leads the Jets with a goal, two assists and a plus-four rating in two games against the Isles this season.
AND WE QUOTE
“We’re at the point we have to string some wins together. That’s really where we’re at.” — Jets head coach Claude Noel.
IN THE HANGAR
It doesn’t appear Islanders defenceman and St. Malo native Travis Hamonic, who broke his nose earlier this month after taking a puck in the face, will be in the lineup on Tuesday night … Like Antropov, Jets defenceman Johnny Oduya also has a goal and two assists in two games against New York this season … CBC funnyman Rick Mercer strapped on the goalie pads to film a bit with the GST line after Monday’s practice.