WINNIPEG Jets left-winger Alexander Burmistrov is now on the radar of the NHL's department of player safety.

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WINNIPEG Jets left-winger Alexander Burmistrov is now on the radar of the NHL's department of player safety.

Burmistrov was fined US$4,166.67 Monday for his elbow on Minnesota Wild defenceman Jared Spurgeon on Sunday at the MTS Centre.

Burmistrov received an elbowing penalty on the play.

It's the second time this season Burmistrov has crossed the line on a head check. In the team's season-opener in Boston, Burmistrov was penalized for a hit that contacted the head of Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron.

The money will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.


Perreault a believer

MATHIEU Perreault admitted Monday he once wondered if things were going to work out with rookie Nikolaj Ehlers on his line.

"He's been impressive," said Perreault, who's off to a productive start with seven points.

Both Ehlers and centre Mark Scheifele have three goals and six points to this point.

"I played with him last year at training camp. He just came in, a young guy, and I wasn't too sure about his game. I just felt he was all over the place and I just couldn't handle playing with him.

"I started training camp this year and a little bit, too, to start he was still kind of running around and I couldn't get my mind off, like, 'Do I like playing with this guy or not?'

"Now the season's started and I've been playing with him from Day 1 pretty much and I'm starting to figure out his game. He just gets going, he's so fast, and like every time I get the puck, I get my head up and he's open."

Perreault said the line is meshing to his liking and his linemates are probably the best he's had in his career.


Holding the lines

THAT line has made its contributions, in part, because it's been together since Game 1 of the season.

Jets coach Paul Maurice, apart from moving Anthony Peluso in for one game, has not changed his forward combinations.

"It's health," the coach said. "The one line that was a really good line (Sunday) was (Bryan) Little's, start to finish regardless of the game. Their game never changed. It's three veteran players on that line.

"Each of the next three lines have two young players. So they need some time to play together. We're still early on. I'll move around more when we get a better feel for what we have.

"And then we are a little bit protective of some of the younger players in the roles they're in. They're getting good minutes but before we move them into top six and change the matchup of people they're playing against, they just need some time in the league."


Rookie wants to improve

EHLERS had his third goal of the season Sunday, the product of a speedy rush, prompting more questions about the dynamic rookie.

"You want a player to have high expectations," Maurice said. "I think he's done a good job of tempering that with respect to the league. So we make sure that we want him to feel comfortable to use his skill set and then we need him to grow and mature in the other parts of the game.

"He's got an interest in it and he wants to get better at the other parts of his game. He's got some room to improve, as do we as a team on the defensive side of the game.

"And we try not to talk too much about him in the media."