Jets' Wheeler named NHL 2nd star

Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler took a puck to the throat last week, but he could be back in...

Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler took a puck to the throat last week, but he could be back in the lineup later this week against Buffalo.

Kirk Penton, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:44 PM ET

For the first time this season a member of the Winnipeg Jets has been named an NHL star of the week.

Right winger Blake Wheeler, who had one goal and seven assists in four games, was named the week's second star. He recorded the first four-point outing of his career on Sunday night when he set up four goals in Winnipeg's 5-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

Wheeler leads the Jets with 46 points, which is a career high. The 25-year-old Minnesota product was unavailable for comment on Monday, but Jets head coach Claude Noel praised the former Boston Bruin for his work.

"He deserves it. He's played well," Noel said. "He's had some big impact on games. He had a good night (Sunday) night with four assists. He deserved it. He's played well. It's nice to see that he gets some recognition."

The Jets, who have won three in a row, had an optional skate on Monday in preparation for Tuesday's home game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Defenceman Zach Bogosian (upper body) is unlikely to play in the contest, according to Noel.

"We're hoping for Thursday (against Tampa Bay)," Noel said.

Winnipeg is tied for eighth in the Eastern Conference with the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have two games in hand, and it is one point back of the Southeast Division-leading Florida Panthers, who have three more games remaining.

The NHL's first star of the week is Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller, while the third star is Ottawa's Jason Spezza.


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