Jets could get big boost with return of Little

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The Winnipeg Jets ended a five-game losing streak Sunday, but the fact Connor Hellebuyck had to make 42 saves in the 3-0 shutout of the Predators wasn’t all that encouraging.

So here’s something that is encouraging — Byran Little practiced today and might be ready to play tomorrow when New Jersey pays a visit to MTS Centre.

“(I feel) good,” the veteran center said, per NHL.com. “To actually get in there, play on a line and get some bumping and a real practice under my belt… If it was up to me, yes (I would play tomorrow).”

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Little put up 42 points in 57 games last season, so his absence after getting hurt in the first game of the season was bound to be felt. If he plays, the 29-year-old is likely to center Blake Wheeler and Drew Stafford, filling a spot that was previously held by youngster Nic Petan.

Mark Scheifele will continue to center the top line with wingers Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers. That trio has not been scoring quite so freely lately, though Scheifele is still an impressive third overall in points (24), while Scheifele and Laine are tied for third in goals (12).