February 19, 2019

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Latest Boxscore: Ottawa: 4 - Winnipeg: 3 (FINAL (OT))

Record: 36 – 19 – 4

The Jets returned to practice on Thursday. Well, not everyone actually.

Forward Andrew Copp (concussion) and defencemen Josh Morrissey (lower body) and Joe Morrow (lower body) did not suit up. However, veteran defenceman Dustin Byfuglien (concussion) and Dmitry Kulikov (upper body) did participate without limitations Thursday morning and look set to return to action when the Jets host the St. Louis Blues tonight.

Morrow has been ruled out for tonight and head coach Paul Maurice said a decision on Byfuglien, Morrissey, Kulikov and Copp will come closer to game time.

Mike Sawatzky was at the team's practice on Thursday and reports the team's resolve seems to increase when faced with injuries to key personnel. Captain Blake Wheeler says the current edition of the team has a battle-tested edge it hasn't had before.

Also today, MIke McIntyre and Jason Bell have their latest installment of Dump & Chase and McIntyre offers his take on the projected move of the WHL team in Kootenay to Winnipeg — he doesn't like it.

— Sports Editor Steve Lyons

Our coverage

  • The Jets could have Dustin Byfuglien back in the lineup for Friday's game.

    The Jets could have Dustin Byfuglien back in the lineup for Friday's game.

    Back in the saddle: Byfuglien, Morrissey and Kulikov could return to action on the Jets' blue line against the Blues, Friday
  • DUMP & CHASE: Of teddy bear tosses and Seattle Sasquatches
  • Kulikov close: Jets blue-liner sheds non-contact jersey as he gets closer to returning to game action
  • How much is too much?: Is Winnipeg hockey market too saturated for relocating WHL team to be successful?
  • The Ice cometh?: Official word expected Monday on WHL team moving to south Winnipeg, building arena

What we're reading

  • Are the Buffalo Sabres for real this time?

    Are the Buffalo Sabres for real this time?

    Andrew Berkshire: Are the Buffalo Sabres a real playoff threat or a mirage? (Sportsnet)
  • Off the bench: McDavid on pace to obliterate record for even-strength ice time (TSN)
  • No defence: Recent Norris Trophy odds failed to include Thomas Chabot, leaving Ottawa Senators fans baffled and angry. But the truth is that Chabot likely has no chance at winning the award, even if he remains the top-scoring defenceman (The Hockey News)

In case you missed it

  • Winnipeg Jets' Patrik Laine.

    Winnipeg Jets' Patrik Laine.

    All systems go: Battle-scarred Jets fly successful mission to league's eastern front
  • Ahead by a century: Jets' gifted sniper crossed the 100-goal Laine Thursday; the Free Press has gathered some of what he and others have had to say since goal No. 1 in 2016

Video review

  • Winnipeg Jets' Dmitry Kulikov.

    Winnipeg Jets' Dmitry Kulikov.

    Anxious to get back: Defenceman Dmitry Kulikov chats about returning to the ice and the recovery process
  • From the podium: Head coach Paul Maurice addresses the media following team's practice on Thursday

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