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NEW YORK — The Winnipeg Jets dug themselves out of the snow and hit the ice Wednesday, one day after their game with the New Jersey Devils was postponed because of a storm and a day before tonight’s game against the New York Islanders.
The Jets were without centre Mark Scheifele and winger Shawn Matthias at practice Wednesday. Head coach Paul Maurice described Scheifele as under the weather but said he’s expected to play in Brooklyn.
Matthias, who got into a fight in Monday night’s game in Nashville against the Predators, is questionable with an undisclosed injury.
The Jets used the Devils’ practice facility in Newark, N.J., for their practice, which came on what was supposed to be a day off for the team in New York.
The Jets scheduled the practice after the team got that day off instead of Tuesday as winter storm Stella pounded the New York area and led the NHL to reschedule the Jets-Devils contest to March 28.
Jets forward Marko Dano, who was levelled twice during the Nashville game and had to be helped from the ice the second time, practised Wednesday and is expected to play.
Defenceman Jacob Trouba — who was injured in a fight Saturday against the Calgary Flames’ Sam Bennett and did not play in Nashville — practised, but his status for tonight is uncertain.
The Jets head into Brooklyn having lost four games in a row, although they earned a point Monday in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators. The Jets trail the St. Louis Blues by 10 points for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference. St. Louis also has two games in hand on the Jets.
Paul Wiecek was born and raised in Winnipeg’s North End and delivered the Free Press -- 53 papers, Machray Avenue, between Main and Salter Streets -- long before he was first hired as a Free Press reporter in 1989.