April 5, 2012
One last win for Jets on road?
By KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Every player who is present, healthy and accounted for will be in the lineup for the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.
The Jets will make one lineup change when they battle the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum in their final road game of the season. Ron Hainsey has a foot injury and is day-to-day, head coach Claude Noel said after the morning skate.
Mark Flood, who has played just three of the last 33 games, will draw into the lineup in Hainsey’s place. Randy Jones, who has been a healthy scratch the last four games, has gone home for personal reasons.
Winnipeg is 2-0-1 on its four-game road trip that concludes tonight. The Jets will be looking to pick up at least a point in four consecutive road games for the first time this season. They conclude the season at home on Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Jets are 14-21-5 overall away from home this season, giving them 33 points. If they don’t beat the Islanders, the franchise will finish with their lowest road point total since 2001-02, when they had 23.
“We want to improve that record,” winger Chris Thorburn said. “We knew that was a flaw of ours all year for whatever reason. We want to keep winning games. We’ve got two left here, so we want to finish the season strong. Hopefully we can finish it with two wins.”
If Winnipeg can beat the Islanders, it would match the 35 points the Atlanta Thrashers gathered during the 2007-08 campaign.
Chris Mason will get the start between the pipes for the Jets, while the Islanders will counter with Al Montoya.
Islanders defenceman Steve Staios will play his 1,000th game tonight.