TORONTO – Blake Wheeler was still puzzled Tuesday morning by the NHL’s disciplinary process.
The Winnipeg Jets captain understood why the league dealt teammate Jacob Trouba a two-game suspension for his hit to the head of Senators winger Mark Stone, but he couldn’t fathom how Evgeni Malkin escaped punishment for a similar (if still different) check to the head a few days earlier.
NEW YORK — Winnipeg Jets right-wing Patrik Laine, Toronto Maple Leafs centre Nazem Kadri and Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid are the NHL’s three stars of the week.
Laine led the NHL with five goals and eight points in four games to propel the Jets to a seven-point week. His big week included his third career hat trick, including the winning goal, in a 5-2 triumph over Dallas on Tuesday.
WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets will be dealing with distractions as they embark on a four-game road trip that has the potential to make or break their season.
Winnipeg halted a four-game losing skid with Tuesday’s 5-2 win over Dallas, a victory highlighted by rookie winger Patrik Laine’s third hat trick of the season. Entering Wednesday’s games, the Jets (26-29-4) were four points out of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
WINNIPEG – Bruce Boudreau wanted to experiment and try a new line for the Minnesota Wild. You could say it was a big success for the veteran coach.
The line of centre Charlie Coyle and wingers Jason Pominville and Nino Niederreiter accounted for all of the Wild’s goals in Tuesday’s 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Pominville and Niederreiter scored twice, while Pominville added a pair of assists and Coyle picked up a career-high three assists. Niederreiter’s second goal was an empty-netter.
WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets received mixed news on the injury front Tuesday as forward Drew Stafford was cleared to return while defenceman Tyler Myers will miss at least six more weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a core muscle injury.
Stafford, who missed six games with a lower-body injury, skated at morning practice and was expected to be in the lineup for Tuesday’s home game against the Minnesota Wild.
WINNIPEG – Bryan Little wasn’t sure how effective he was going to be after losing months to injury, but the veteran centre’s scoring and leadership are going a long way for the Winnipeg Jets these days.
Little has collected 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists) in 29 NHL games since missing 23 contests because of a knee injury he suffered in the team’s season-opener. He also sat out the final 25 games of last season with a fractured vertebra in his back, and absence has made his heart grow fonder for the game he loves to play.