Bogosian's back but Jets are in trouble
PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency
|Winnipeg Jets defenceman Zach Bogosian skates during hockey practice at the MTS Centre Jan. 2, 2012. (JASON HALSTEAD/QMI Agency)
WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets will have defenceman Zach Bogosian back in the lineup for tomorrow’s critical divisional game against Florida.
Bogosian practised with his wrist taped up this morning and head coach Claude Noel confirmed he’ll return after missing the last seven games.
“I’ve been itching since the day I sat out,” Bogosian, paired with Ron Hainsey in practice, said. “It feels good to be back in the mix with the guys, practising with them and having a partner, there. It’s feeling good.”
Newcomer Grant Clitsome also practised, his first with the team after the Jets claimed him off waivers from Columbus.
A defenceman, Clitsome is not expected to jump right into the lineup.
“It’s a whole adjustment process,” he said. “Claude just told me, ‘Come in, get to the know the guys, get comfortable in your surroundings and kind of ease your way in.’ It’s the same group of guys that have been together all season. They’re in the middle of a playoff push. I just want to come in and help out if I can.”
The Jets face a virtual must-win if they want to catch the Panthers for first place in the NHL’s Southeast Division.
Florida is four points up, with three games in hand.
Winnipeg could also see its hopes of finishing in the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference fade with a loss.
Washington is one point up, with two games in hand.