The Jets have traded Carl Klingberg to the Rangers for Lee Stempniak.
Stempniak has scored nine goals with nine assists (18 points) in 53 games with the Rangers this season. This could be just a cap-dump, but it is not a big one considering Stempniak’s cap-hit is just $900K. He should play a consistent bottom-6 role with Winnipeg.
Hutchinson allowed one goal on 29 shots, but it was not enough to seal the victory on Thursday vs. St. Louis. He went 4-1-3 with a 2.68 GAA and .898 SV% in February. This afternoon he will take on a Kings team he has struggled against—Hutchinson is 1-1-0 with a 4.82 GAA and .833 SV% vs. L.A.
The Jets have activated Blake Wheeler (lower-body) from IR; will play Sunday.
Wheeler has missed the last two games, but was expected to be back today. He was activated from IR and Carl Klingberg was returned to the AHL, which guarantees that Wheeler will be back Sunday vs. the Kings. He will surprisingly skate on the Jets third line with Adam Lowry and Chris Thorburn.
Wheeler (lower-body) is expected to play on Sunday.
Wheeler missed the last two games with a lower-body injury but he was back on the ice for Jets practice this morning and is expected to play tomorrow. Coach Paul Maurice said that Wheeler will play as long as he feels as good tomorrow as he did today.
Hutchinson allowed two goals on 28 shots in the Jets win over Dallas on Tuesday. Hutchinson will start for the fifth time in six games, having gone 3-0-1 despite positing an ugly 3.01 GAA and .875 SV%. Tonight he will start against a Blues team who have surprisingly lost three of his last four.
The Hurricanes have traded Jiri Tlusty to the Jets for a 2016 3rd round pick and a 2015 conditional 6th round pick.
Tlusty, 26, is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. He has played under Jets head coach Paul Maurice both when he was with the Maple Leafs and Hurricanes. Maurice is obviously familiar with Tlusty and like what he brings to the Jets. Winnipeg recently lost Mathieu Perreault for a long period of time, so a winger was needed. Tlusty has 13 goals and 10 assists (27 points) in 52 games this season.
Wheeler will miss his second straight game with a lower-body injury, but head coach Paul Maurice said the injury is not all that serious and he is hopeful that Wheeler will be back in the lineup on Sunday.
Hutchinson allowed four goals on 33 shots in the Jets 4-3 OT loss to the Maple Leafs on Saturday. Things really have not gone Hutchinson’s way since the All Star break—he has delivered a 3-3-2 record with a 3.46 GAA and .874 SV% over that stretch. Tonight he takes on the Stars, who he is 1-1-0 with a 3.57 GAA and .883 SV% against this year.
The Jets have recalled Eric O'Dell from St. John's (AHL).
O’Dell, 24, has scored 14 goals with 14 assists (28 points) in 37 games with St. John’s this season. In 30 games with the Jets last season, he registered seven points (3G / 4A). He has been recalled because Ben Chiarot was moved to IR this afternoon and they already have two extra defnseman on the roster.
Wheeler (undisclosed) is questionable for Tuesday's game.
Wheeler missed Monday’s practice and could be out for Tuesday’s game. He is currently listed as day-to-day, but monitor his status during tomorrow’s morning skate. If Wheeler plays, Dustin Byfuglien will play defence, if Wheeler doesn’t play then Big Buff will play forward.
Chiarot had surgery on his hand; expected to miss six weeks.
Chiarot will be out until early-April after undergoing hand surgery. With Chiarot out, Jay Harrison will draw into the lineup if Dustin Byfuglien doesn’t go back to defense. The final lineup decision will come in Tuesday’s morning skate.