Myers paired with Enstrom as Jets visit Preds


Tonight in Nashville, Tyler Myers is expected to begin his Winnipeg Jets career on a defensive pairing with veteran puck-mover Tobias Enstrom.

Myers, traded yesterday from Buffalo, is unlikely to log the 25 or so minutes he typically did with the Sabres. That won’t be necessary with two other capable pairings in Winnipeg, Dustin Byfuglien with Ben Chiarot and Mark Stuart with Jacob Trouba.

In Buffalo, Myers skated mostly with Josh Gorges. Not only did those two play big minutes and face the toughest competition on a nightly basis, over 40 percent of the faceoffs they were on the ice for took place in the defensive zone.

That’s no formula for good offensive numbers, and Myers was proof, with just four goals and nine assists in 47 games.

Not that he hasn’t struggled in recent seasons; Myers is no pure victim of circumstance. But Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff believes the 25-year-old’s career can be rejuvenated if provided a better chance to succeed, in a role that’s not beyond his capabilities.

“Tyler’s got a tremendous foundation,” said Cheveldayoff. “He’s big. He can shoot. He’s going to have an opportunity to play with a deeper defense corps. He can log a lot of minutes.

“Sometimes, in this game, fresh starts are really welcome for players that have lots of expectations heaped on them, and lots of hype as young players. Because it is a hard game to play as a young player and even harder as a young defenseman.”

As for winger Drew Stafford, the other roster player the Jets picked up in the Evander Kane trade, he’ll start on a line with Mark Scheifele and Mathieu Perreault, two talented forwards enjoying fine seasons.

Video: Saad scores OT winner as Blackhawks snap three game skid vs. the Jets

The Winnipeg Jets began the life without Evander Kane era by falling 2-1 in overtime against the Chicago Blackhawks Friday night.

Brandon Saad scored the overtime winner at 3:01 of the extra period.

With the win, the Blackhawks snapped a three-game losing streak against the Jets this season.

Winnipeg is now winless in six straight (0-4-2).

The game also marked Dan Carcillo’s first game back in the Blackhawks lineup after serving a six-game suspension for his cross check on Winnipeg Jets’ forward Mathieu Perreault on Jan. 16.

Just over a minute into the game, Carcillo and Chris Thorburn dropped the gloves.

Mark Scheifele had the lone goal for the Jets.

Patrick Kane scored his 26th of the season and added an assist in the win. Kane is now tied for the league lead in points (58) with Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek.

Corey Crawford improved to 20-12-2 with a 20 save performance.

Michael Hutchinson stopped 20 shots in the loss.

Following Saad’s overtime winner, a Jets’ fan tossed an Evander Kane shirsey on the ice.

Carcillo suspended six games for cross-checking Perreault


Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo has been suspended six games for cross-checking and injuring Winnipeg forward Mathieu Perreault on Friday evening in Chicago, the NHL announced today.

According to the league’s department of player safety, Carcillo’s “forceful” cross-check was “not a hockey play, in the sense that it [had] nothing to do with the puck” and was delivered after the play had been blown dead, at a time when Perreault had “no reason” to expect it and could not protect himself.

The NHL also cited the fact that Carcillo, a repeat offender under the CBA, has been fined or suspended 11 previous times during his nine-season NHL career.

Here’s the full video explanation:

Blackhawks’ Carcillo waives right to an in-person hearing


Chicago Blackhawks forward Dan Carcillo has waived his right to an in-person hearing and will have a phone hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Monday.

Carcillo missed Sunday’s game versus the Dallas Stars and is considered suspended until his hearing.

Since he was offered an in-person hearing, Carcillo can be suspended for more than five games.

Carcillo received a minor penalty for a cross-check on Jets’ forward Mathieu Perreault on Friday.

Here is the play in question:

Blackhawks’ Dan Carcillo out vs. Stars


The Chicago Blackhawks will be without the services of Dan Carcillo tonight when they play host to the Dallas Stars.

Carcillo is considered suspended until his in-person hearing.

Since he was offered an in-person hearing, Carcillo is due for a suspension of at least six games.

The 29-year-old has a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for his cross-check on Jets’ forward Mathieu Perreault on Friday.

Here is a look at the play in question:

Joakim Nordstrom replaces Carcillo in the Blackhawks’ lineup tonight.

Carcillo has had several run-ins with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

Last May he was suspended 10 games for abuse of an official – that suspension was reduced to six games after an appeal.

In October 2011, Carcillo was suspended two games for a hit on Hurricanes’ defenseman Joni Pitkanen.