Saturday, October 22, 2011
MTS Centre 6:00 PM CT
TV: TSN-Jets, FS-Carolinas(HD)
Radio: TSN 1290 (Winnipeg), 99.9 FM (Carolina)
Two days after a less than stellar performance at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, the Winnipeg Jets return home for their first of two home games before their first long road trip of the season.
These two games will help the Jets get their feet under them and remind them of who they are playing for this season as they will play in front of two sold out crowds of 15,004 at the MTS Centre.
The Jets were on the ice at MTS Iceplex Friday morning for an optional skate which saw many players skate, including injured forward Eric Fehr, who skated with his teammates for the first time this season.
However, Fehr donned a red jersey and red socks due to the fact he is not cleared for contact practice yet, still rehabbing a shoulder injury sustained last season in Washington.
There is a possibility that Andrew Ladd may be a game time decision after he cut open his nose in Ottawa on Thursday night. The Jets captain required six stitches and according to the Winnipeg Free Press and the Jets official website it may depend on if the captain can breathe come Saturday night. (Winnipeg Free Press, 10/22/2011)
Another scenario that is quickly playing itself out in the early season is the status of seventh overall pick Mark Scheifele, who has only his one goal - scored on Wednesday at Air Canada Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs - in six games.
These next three games may be his last as there are rumours the decision has already been made to send him back to the OHL and his Barrie Colts.
Jets leading scorer Alexander Burmistrov celebrated his 20th birthday on Friday on the charter flight back to Winnipeg. So far, Burmistrov is the best Jet forward this season with five points (one goal, four assists) in six games.
Puck drop is slated for 6:00 PM at MTS Centre.
The game is available on TSN-Jets in Canada and Fox Sports-Carolinas in the US.
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