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DETROIT --The Winnipeg Jets held a practice at the venerable Joe Louis Arena Friday and head coach Paul Maurice kept a number of his players out, including newcomer Tyler Myers.
Myers blocked a shot late in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators, but Maurice said he'd be fine for tonight's date with the Red Wings.
"Everybody is good," said the coach.
The Red Wings have won nine of their last 11 and head coach Mike Babcock says he'll use veteran Jimmy Howard in goal.
The Jets were sour after Thursday's loss, which saw them put 33 shots on the Nashville net but only come up with one goal. The mood was light on Friday and included goalie Michael Hutchinson throwing some of winger T.J. Galiardi's gear in the shower after practice when Galiardo sprayed the rookie during the workout.
In the wake of last week's clothes in the shower incident in Vancouver which kicked off the Evander Kane, affair, Friday's hijinx shows this team still has its sense of humour.
HOMECOMING: For defenceman Jacob Trouba, getting to play an NHL game at Joe Louis is another step in his journey as a pro.
"I grew up about a half hour from here, so there will be lots of friends and family at the game," said Trouba. "I didn't get to play here last year so I'm looking forward to it."
Trouba said he only made it to a handful of games in Detroit over the years.
"My family was more of a baseball family, so we came in for Tigers games more the Red Wings games," said Trouba, who played college at the University of Michigan and grew up in Rochester, Mich. "But growing up we played all of our state championship games here. So this well be pretty cool."
CASH IS KING: Another wrinkle from this week's trade which saw Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian and Jason Kasdorf traded to Buffalo for Myers, forward Drew Stafford and a collection of prospects and picks is the money the Jets will save.
Beginning next season, the Jets are no longer committed to the $46 million they would have owed Kane and Bogosian for the rest of their contracts. Stafford is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 while Myers is owed $15.5 million over the next four years.
That frees up $30.5 million the Jets can use in their efforts to re-sign Michael Frolik as well as trying to extend captain Andrew Ladd and defenceman Dustin Byfuglien if they choose.