Paul Maurice

Report: No hearing scheduled for Kucherov


It appears Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov will not be facing supplemental discipline for his hit on Winnipeg Jets’ defenseman Toby Enstrom on Saturday night.

According to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, there is no hearing scheduled for Kucherov.

Kucherov was assessed a five minute major for boarding and a game misconduct during the third period of Saturday’s 2-1 Jets victory.

You can see the hit here:

Jacob Trouba jumped in and received a minor penalty for roughing and misconduct on the play.

“He gets to do that,” said Jets’ coach Paul Maurice of Trouba. “We put our gloves back on and drop the puck. There’s nothing else left. I don’t think that’s a decision. I don’t think anybody sees that and then thinks through the next 30 seconds to two minutes. It’s just on.

“Tough pill to swallow, [Toby] goes down and [Trouba] gets 12 minutes worth of penalties.”

Enstrom returned late in the game.

“It’s huge, not just to get him back on the ice in the game and preserve the win, but to know that he’s not going to be out for the next 3-4 weeks with a hit from behind like that,” said Maurice. “That could’ve just as easily been a defenseman done for the season.”

Postma returns, Myers out as Jets visit Lightning

With defenseman Tyler Myers expected to miss his first game due to an upper body injury, Paul Postma is will return to the Winnipeg Jets’ lineup against the Tampa May Lightning.

Myers was injured in Thursday’s loss to the Florida Panthers.

Jets’ coach Paul Maurice said the club expects to know more about Myers’ injury by Tuesday when he is checked out in Winnipeg.

“Some injuries take a few days before they settle down and before you can get a real good handle on where he’ll be going forward,” said Maurice per the Winnipeg Sun’s Ken Wiebe.

Postma has been a healthy scratch in 27 consecutive games dating back to Jan. 8.

“Obviously it’s a tough one to go through, not only physically but mentally,” said Postma of being a scratch. “Getting that opportunity to be back in the lineup is awesome and I’m excited to be part of it.

“A big part of this game is confidence. Some days you have it, some you don’t. I have to have confidence in myself, know I’m here for a reason.”

The 26-year-old has two goals and six points to go along with a plus-2 rating while averaging 13:55 in ice time in 41 games this season.

He is expected to begin Saturday’s game paired with Mark Stuart.

Keaton Ellerby, who was recalled from the AHL on Friday, is expected to be a healthy scratch.

Winnipeg is 3-4-2 in its last nine and lost the only other meeting with Tampa Bay 4-2 on Oct. 24.

The recent slide has the Jets one point back of L.A. for the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.

Jets could have Stuart and Enstrom back vs. Kings

There finally appears to be some positive news on the injury front for Winnipeg.

Mark Stuart and Tobias Enstrom could be back in the lineup on Saturday when the Jets visit the L.A. Kings.

Both defensemen practiced without non-contact jerseys on Friday.

“They’re getting stronger every day,” said Jets’ coach Paul Maurice. “I’m comfortable from a fitness point of view, but we’ll talk more with the trainers. Again, they’re still at that stage where they have to come back the next day and feel as good or stronger than they did the day before.”

Stuart, who has been out of the lineup since mid-December with a lower body injury, has nine points and a plus-6 rating while averaging 19:54 in ice time in 32 games this season.

“I felt good,” Stuart said after Friday’s practice. “I’ve got to prove to [the coaching staff] that I’m ready and we’ll go from there. It’s not about how long you go – it’s about how hard you’re going and how focused you are during practice. We put together a pretty good skate out there today.”

Enstrom, who has been out of the Jets’ lineup since Nov. 23, has nine points and a minus-1 rating in 22 games this season.

There could be good news up front for the Jets as well.

Evander Kane also practiced without a non-contact jersey on Friday. The 23-year-old has been out of the lineup since late December with a foot injury.

“He’s full contact. Once a guy gets to full contact, you’re saying he’s had enough healing that you can have at him,” Maurice said. “At the same time, he’s fresh off that injury. The doctors will have to tell us he’s had enough healing and that any residual pain, he can deal with – and then we have to feel that he’s had enough practice time to be an effective player.”

Kane has six goals and 15 points in 26 games this season.

Video: Evander Kane with a high hit on Jackman


Winnipeg Jets’ forward Evander Kane caught St. Louis Blues’ defenseman Barret Jackman with a high hit late in the second period and received a minor penalty for roughing.

Jackman dropped his gloves in an attempt to fight Kane and did not receive a penalty.

Winnipeg Jets’ coach Paul Maurice was none too pleased with the call.

Avs seek back-to-back victories

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The Colorado Avalanche will look to win back-to-back games for the first time this season when they visit the Winnipeg Jets.

Colorado (2-4-2) is coming off a 7-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks Friday night. Winnipeg (2-5-0) meanwhile is 1-3-0 on home ice this season and have just one win in their last six.

Colorado had just 12 goals-for in their first seven games prior to the win over Vancouver.

“As an offensive team, you need to see pucks go in to get your confidence,” said Avalanche forward Matt Duchene. “We’ve had games where we probably could have scored that many goals and we didn’t. It’s frustrating (knowing that), and really nice to see all those go in.

“I know that everyone’s going to have a little more jump in their step. It bleeds into the next game.”

Colorado was 3-0-2 against the Jets last season with the final four games ending in overtime or a shootout.

Winnipeg has also struggled offensively averaging less than two goals per game while allowing nearly three.

Centre Bryan Little leads the Jets with four goals. Blake Wheeler has five goals and 10 assists in a seven-game point streak against Colorado.

The Jets recalled center Patrice Cormier from its’ American Hockey League affiliate on Saturday. Cormier had two goals in four games for the St. John’s IceCaps.

“Clearly there’s some good offense that’s being had by our team that’s not being converted into goals,” coach Paul Maurice told “There’s some guys up front who are really high-end skill level.

“We need that first aggressive push and then we need our people working real hard back to get it done.”

Semyon Varlamov (1-2-1) gets the Start for the Avalanche while Ondrej Pavelec (2-4-0) is the likely starter for the Jets.