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Kane questionable tonight

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. -- Winnipeg Jets left-winger Evander Kane was off the ice for a second straight day Sunday but the team seemed unwilling to rule him out completely for tonight's game at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers.

Kane left Friday's game in Philadelphia with a lower-body injury after being checked by Flyers defenceman Braydon Coburn.

He did not skate in Central Park with the team on Saturday.

Jets coach Claude Noel labelled Kane "questionable."

"We'll see how he's feeling tomorrow, but questionable," the coach said.

Kane missed two games in a row earlier this season with injury. One of them was in Chicago Nov. 6, when he caused a furor by declaring himself fit after the morning skate that day, only to be scratched. He then insisted he was healthy when the team said he was injured.

If Kane can't go tonight, it's possible Chris Thorburn could move into his slot on the wing with centre Olli Jokinen and right-winger Devin Setoguchi.

The Jets also recalled centre John Albert, 24, from their St. John's AHL affiliate on Sunday. Albert is in his third season with the IceCaps and has three goals and eight points so far this season.

 

Infirmary updates

THERE has been no change in status recently for the other three injured members of the Jets.

Defenceman Paul Postma is out indefinitely with a blood clot in his leg.

Centre Jim Slater is out indefinitely after sports hernia surgery.

Defenceman Zach Bogosian, missing because of a groin pull, is week-to-week.

"I'll let you know when they get in sight," Noel said Sunday.

 

MSG reno finally finished

MADISON Square Garden's $1-billion renovation is finally complete.

The Jets have played here in the previous two seasons while the work was underway but will see the finished product tonight.

"It's probably the most unique building that we play in," said captain Andrew Ladd of the facility where the ice surface is on the fifth floor. "It's a different atmosphere and always fun to play in the big city.

"So I think everybody gets up to play in New York. It's a fun spot to play in and I always like to play in the Garden. They play really hard there but that brings the best out of you, too."

Jets defenceman Mark Stuart likes it, too.

"It's changed a little bit," Stuart said. "They've remodelled the dressing rooms. It's one of those buildings that's got a lot history. It's a little bit darker in there, which is a little weird, but the lighting's different. Montreal's kind of like that, where the crowd is really dark and the only lights are on the ice. Same with here.

"But I like playing here. I've played here enough to get used to it."

 

Pavs no stranger to Garden

THE Garden can be an intimidating place for visitors, but that's old news to Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec.

He had the same situation on Friday and, despite being scored on during the first minute, almost single-handedly kept his team in the game they eventually lost 2-1.

"It's not easy to play the game if they score in the first minute," Pavelec said. "But the game is 60 minutes... you just focus on the next shot and try to make the save. I've seen so many times you let in two goals in the first two minutes, well, you still have 58 minutes to win the game. For me, it's about forgetting right away.

"The Garden? It's always fun; the fans are really good."

 

tim.campbell@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 2, 2013 C3

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