The Jets have sent Julian Melchiori to Manitoba (AHL).
Melchiori played 22:02 TOI in last night’s game in Toronto, but will return to Manitoba with the Jets’ bye week starting on Wednesday. Melchiori has two goals and four assists (six points) in 32 games with the Moose this season.
Hellebuyck allowed two goals on 34 shots in the Jets’ win in Ottawa on Sunday. He started both games of the Jets’ back-to-back and he won both while turning aside 51 of 54 shots (.944 SV%). He draws a tough matchup against a high-scoring Maple Leafs team, who have actually lost four of their last six.
The NHL has suspended Jacob Trouba for two games for his hit on Mark Stone.
Trouba had a high-hit on Stone on Sunday and will miss this Tuesday’s game vs. Toronto and next Tuesday’s game vs. the Wild as a result. Stone left the game with an injury and did not return. Julian Melchiori will fill in for Trouba, unless Toby Enstrom is suddenly ready to return.
Hellebuyck allowed four goals on 39 shots in the Jets’ loss in Pittsburgh on Thursday. It’s not easy to slow the Penguins down and Hellebuyck, like so many others, struggled. This afternoon he will look for revenge against Montreal. In his first start against the Canadiens this season, Hellebuyck was pulled after he allowed three goals on seven shots in the first 14 minutes.
Enstrom will miss 2-3 weeks with a lower-body injury.
Enstrom will miss his second straight game on Thursday and is likely to miss at least four more games according to his timetable. Luckily for the Jets, they have their bye week next week, so he won’t miss any games over that six-day stretch.
Hellebuyck allowed two goals on 36 shots in the Jets’ win over the Stars on Tuesday. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Jets and earned him another outing tonight in Pittsburgh. Hellebuyck has not faced the Penguins this season, but has gone 7-8-0 with a 3.20 GAA and .896 SV% on the road, so you might want to avoid him tonight.
Dano (lower-body) will travel on the upcoming road trip but is not expected to play.
Dano has been sidelined by a lower-body injury since December 29th, but is nearing a return to the Jets’ lineup. The 22-year-old had 10 points (3G / 7A) in 28 games before getting hurt and how much he practices on the road trip will indicate how close he is to returning.
Hellebuyck allowed three goals on 29 shots in the Jets’ loss to the Lightning on Saturday. He lost both games of their back-to-back while allowing three goals in each and posting a .905 SV%. Tonight he’ll face the Stars for the third time this season—he’s gone 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .957 SV% in the first two meetings.
Enstrom was forced from Saturday’s game vs. the Lightning and did not return after playing just 1:22 TOI. With Enstrom unavailable, Ben Chiarot moved up in Monday’s practice and Mark Stuart is expected to draw back into the lineup after being a healthy scratch on Saturday.