While Tobias Enstrom is back in Winnipeg amidst the Jets longest road trip of the season, the Jets have gone to the bullpen to help their ailing defensive core.
With Ron Hainsey and Derek Meech already on the shelf for a while now, there is the potential that Mark Stuart will not suit up Thursday night in Long Island due to an undisclosed upper body injury.
Knowing Stuart’s defensive style – the shot blocking, hard nosed type – a game off would do his body good in recovering for the remainder of the Jets seven game road trip.
Having four of their top seven defenseman out of the lineup now, the Jets have their first AHL call ups from the rock in Newfoundland – Brett Festerling and Mark Flood.
Flood is the first ex-Manitoba Moose to return to Winnipeg in the NHL.
The former sixth round pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 2003 has played in eleven games for the Jets affiliate Ice Caps, collecting one goal and six assists, along with a +4 rating.
Festerling has also played in eleven games, with four points (one goal, three assists) with a +1 rating.
The Jets defensive core that may start in Long Island now stands with Dustin Byfuglien, Zach Bogosian, Johnny Oduya, Randy Jones, Festerling, and Flood.
Stuart is listed as day-to-day and is possibly a game time decision.
Head coach Claude Noel said that there is a possibility that Hainsey would be back by the weekend or after the weekend when asked about his veteran defenseman.
Enstrom will likely miss the remainder of the road trip, but Noel did disclose that his injury was not concussion related.
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