Toby Enstrom

Enstrom (upper body) will travel with Jets during road trip


The Winnipeg Jets begin a trying three-game road trip on Monday, so Toby Enstrom is traveling with the team in hopes of returning from an upper-body injury.

The Winnipeg Sun points out that Enstrom, 30, is day-to-day with what may have been a shoulder issue suffered on Saturday.

With Dustin Byfuglien out three more games thanks to his suspension, the Jets’ possibly elite defense may be without two key cogs if Enstrom cannot play during this trip. Take a look at the Jets’ final four games:

Today: at Minnesota
Tuesday: at St. Louis
Thursday: at Colorado
Saturday: vs. Calgary

As you can see, Enstrom does not get a ton of time to heal up considering the upcoming back-to-back set. Paul Maurice told the Winnipeg Sun that the oft-injured blueliner came back strong from his last issue, though.

“(Enstrom) came back better than he left, so we’ll bring him and there’s a chance he’ll play on the road trip,” Maurice said on Sunday. “We gotta see how he is tomorrow before we make any decisions on tomorrow night’s game.”

In a fierce West bubble battle, the Jets can use all the help they can get.

Blackhawks’ Sharp: ‘We knew we had to get two points’


The Chicago Blackhawks avoided a third straight loss and moved back into the third seed in the Central Division with a 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

After talking about needing to match the Jets’ desperation heading into Sunday’s tilt, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews scored the game-winner with 30.8 seconds remaining.

“We knew we had to get two points whether it was tying it up and going to overtime,’ said Patrick Sharp. “Obviously what we did was much better, but we knew the importance with how things were going and how viable those points are at this time of the year. [The third] was a big period for us.”

The Blackhawks win drops the Minnesota Wild into the first wild card position. The Jets hold the second wild card seed.

Jets’ defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, who was throwing his weight around all game, had two goals in the loss. Blake Wheeler had a short-handed goal.

“It was nice to see us comeback and win a game from behind,” Sharp said. “We got a few lucky bounces there, but I thought we were much more patient in our game tonight. It felt a lot better all through the lineup.

“We scored some big goals and it was great to get the two points.”

Andrew Shaw, Brad Richards and Sharp had the other Blackhawks’ goals while Corey Crawford made 31 saves for this 31st win of the season.

Sharp was the benefactor of Jets’ defenseman Toby Enstrom getting tied up with the linesman on the game-tying goal at 6:27 of the third.

“I saw the puck in between him and the linesman and it was a stick length away,” said Sharp. “I knew he was kind of tied up and in a little bit of trouble. That’s an unfortunate play for them. Fortunate for us. I’ve hit my fair share of posts so its nice to get a good bounce.”

The goal was Sharp’s 14th of the season and second in seven games.

“You’re angry when it happens. There isn’t anything you can do about it,” said Jets’ coach Paul Maurice.

Ondrej Pavelec stopped 20 shots in the loss.

Winnipeg, who had won six of seven entering the game, has now lost two of three.

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.”