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Jets' goalie situation hits turbulence

Hutchinson sent down then recalled almost immediately

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LOS ANGELES -- The Jets have recalled goalie Michael Hutchinson less than 24 hours after sending him back to St. John's of the AHL.

Hutchinson never even made it to the airport.

Also recalled from St. John's were defenceman Zach Redmond and Ben Chiarot.

It appears one of the Jets' two netminders -- Ondrej Pavelec or Al Montoya -- might not be available for tonight's game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Pavelec missed six games with a lower body injury but went back into the net on Saturday, lasting just 20 minutes as he allowed three goals on 16 shots.

The Jets took Sunday off and there was no player or management availability. The Jets responded to an email requesting further information on the reason for Hutchinson's recall by saying head coach Paul Maurice would clarify the situation today at the team's morning skate in Anaheim.

The 22-year-old Chiarot has played in 63 games with the IceCaps this season, scoring five goals and 17 points. Chiarot has played in one career NHL game with the Jets against the Chicago Blackhawks earlier this season.

Hutchinson, 24, has played in 22 games with the IceCaps compiling a 15-5-1 record, 2.33 goals-against average and 0.923 save percentage this season.

Redmond, 25, has played in three games for Winnipeg this season while seeing action in 37 games for the IceCaps, scoring six goals and 21 points.

Redmond has played in 11 career NHL games.

WHEELING NO PROBLEM: Jets winger Blake Wheeler scored late in Saturday's game to give him 26 goals on the season, a career high. Wheeler now has 63 points on the season, one short of his career best from 2011-12. The member of the U.S. Olympic team has three goals and nine assists in his last eight games.

MORE POWER: Wheeler's goal came on the power play. The Jets have four goals with the man advantage in their last three games. Winnipeg ranks 24th in the league with a 15.6 per cent rating.

LOTS OF HURTS: Winnipeg's injured list now includes Grant Clitsome (D), Mark Scheifele (C), James Wright (F), Chris Thorburn (F) and Zach Bogosian (D).

gary.lawless@freepress.mb.ca Twitter: @garylawless

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 31, 2014 C2

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