News: Enstrom scored a power-play goal in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Senators.
Impact: It was just Enstrom's seventh and his seventh power-play point of the season. Enstrom has mostly been a letdown for the Jets after supplying 15 points in 22 games last season, but even with the sharp decline in his scoring, he probably remains a better-than-average defenseman for fantasy purposes.
Al Montoya - #35 - Goaltender - 6'2" - 203lbs
News: Montoya stopped all 12 shots he faced in relief of Ondrej Pavelec in Saturday's loss to the Senators.
Impact: The Jets were already down by a 5-2 count when Montoya entered the game midway through the second period, virtually eliminating his chances of notching a comeback victory. The poor outing by Pavelec probably won't knock him off the No. 1 goalie pedestal in Winnipeg, but it could earn Montoya the starting nod in the team's next game Monday vs. the Avalanche.
Dustin Byfuglien - #33 - Defense - 6'5" - 265lbs
News: Byfuglien registered a goal and an assist in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Senators.
Impact: The two points snapped a three-game pointless skid for Byfuglien, who now has 14 goals and 32 assists over 65 games this season. Byfuglien's time on ice has fallen considerably since he moved to forward, but given that he's likely still eligible at defenseman in most formats, his point production remains more than acceptable for his owners.
News: Pavelec let in five goals on 20 shot attempts in Saturday's loss to the Senators before he was pulled midway through the second period.
Impact: Pavelec's improvement over the last month was a major reason behind the team's reemergence as a playoff contender following the firing of coach Claude Noel, but he seems to have fallen back into bad habits of late. He's given up at least three goals in three straight outings, all losses.
News: Pavelec is expected to make his fifth start in a row against the Senators on Saturday, according to a report by Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun.
Impact: Pavelec stopped 38 shots in Thursday's loss to the Los Angeles Kings. The Jets have stumbled in the last few contests but they're still one of the hottest teams in the league since Paul Maurice became coach. Feel free to start Pavelec while he's winning.
Olli Jokinen - #12 - Center - 6'2" - 210lbs
News: Jokinen scored the Jets' only goal in Thursday's loss to the Kings.
Impact: That's points in three straight for Jokinen, who's delivered 15 goals and 35 points this year, making him a useful player in deeper formats -- and likely at very minimal cost to his owners.
News: Pavelec stopped 38 of 41 shots in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Kings.
Impact: Pavelec was the game's first star in a contest that saw his team outshot by a 41-18 margin. Having started each of the Jets' last four games, the Czech netminder is likely due for a rest soon. While his season-long numbers -- 20-23-5, .905 save percentage, 2.90 -- aren't pretty, Pavelec still has a firm grasp on the No. 1 goalie job in Winnipeg.
News: Pavelec will be in the crease Thursday vs. the Kings, TSN's Rick Ralph reports.
Impact: Pavelec has come out of the break with three excellent showings thus far, surrendering a total of six goals on 103 shot attempts. His overall numbers (2.90 GAA, .904 save percentage) remain well below average, but fantasy owners can at least take heart of the fact that he has firm command of the No. 1 goalie job.
John Albert - #70 - Center - 5'11" - 190lbs
News: Albert was recalled from AHL St. John's on Thursday.
Impact: Albert has 17 goals and 16 assists over 51 contests for St. John's. He could serve as the team's fourth-line center Thursday against the Kings with James Wright and Mark Scheifele unavailable.
News: Thorburn has an upper-body injury.
Impact: Thorburn will be re-evaluated.
News: The Jets lost rookie Mark Scheifele to an MCL sprain on Tuesday.
Impact: Scheifele will be out for the time being.
News: Andrew Ladd scored two goals, his 16th and 17th of the season, but it was not enough as Winnipeg fell 3-2.
Impact: It was Ladd's second multi-goal game of the season, and his first since scoring a pair of goals against Anaheim on Oct. 6.
Mark Stuart - #5 - Defense - 6'2" - 213lbs
News: Stuart signed a four-year, $10.5 million extension with the Jets on Wednesday.
Impact: The 29-year-old doesn't exactly light it up offensively with only nine points in 50 games, but he's been a rock for the Jets on their half of the ice. He leads the team with 163 hits and 118 blocked shots and will now be counted on to bring that same brand of toughness for the next several seasons in Winnipeg.
News: Thorburn's upper body injury is not serious, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: Thorburn has registered two goals and nine assists in 53 games to date, and while it's good news that his injury is not serious, there's still no word on his status for Thursday's game against the Kings.
News: Scheifele has a sprained MCL and will miss the next 6-8 weeks, Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press reports.
Impact: The 20-year-old center has played well for the Jets this season, recording 13 goals and 21 assists in 63 games, and producing at a more steady clip following a sluggish start to the season.
News: There are fears that Scheifele suffered an MCL injury Tuesday that could keep him out 6-8 weeks, TSN.ca reports.
Impact: We'll await confirmation of the report -- one way or the other -- from the Jets, but losing the 20-year-old forward for any length of time would be a big blow to the team up front. To date, Scheifele has recorded 13 goals and 21 assists in 63 games in his first full season with the Jets.
News: The Jets have activated Halischuk (forearm) from IR in advance of Tuesday's game against the Islanders.
Impact: Halischuk, who checks back in with seven points in 30 games to date, is slated to work on the Jets' fourth line with Jim Slater and Chris Thorburn on Tuesday, the Winnipeg Sun reports.
News: Ladd scored both of the Jets' goals in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders on Tuesday.
Impact: Ladd's performance gives him four goals in his last four games. It looks like he's poised to do his part in getting the Jets into the playoffs as the end of the season draws near. Fantasy owners should be riding the hot hand right now, meaning Ladd belongs in most lineups.
News: Thorburn sustained an upper-body injury in Tuesday's loss to the Islanders.
Impact: Thorburn only saw 48 seconds of ice team before suffering the injury, and he'll be evaluated Wednesday by the team's medical staff. As of this moment, his status for Thursday's matchup against the Kings is up in the air.
News: Pavelec stopped 24 of 27 shots in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Islanders.
Impact: Pavelec has been racking up wins since Paul Maurice took over as head coach, but couldn't pull this one out. It would have been nice to get a win over a team that was missing John Tavares and Thomas Vanek, but fantasy owners should still start Pavelec as long as the Jets keep winning consistently.
News: Scheifele did not return to the bench for the third period Tuesday against the Islanders after suffering an apparent knee injury, the Winnipeg Sun's Ken Wiebe reports.
Impact: Scheifele took a hit from the Islanders' Calvin de Haan in the second period and has yet to return. He'll be evaluated after the game, and if he's forced to miss time, Olli Jokinen and Jim Slater would be potential candidates to take his place on the second line.
News: Pavelec is slated to start Tuesday's game against the Islanders, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: Pavelec, who will be making his third consecutive start for the Jets since the Olympic break, will square off against Anders Nilsson of the Islanders on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Pavelec has allowed three goals over his last two starts, both wins.
News: Coach Paul Maurice said that Wright is dealing with an ankle sprain and will be out indefinitely.
Impact: With just two points in 59 games, Wright isn't exactly an essential scorer for the Jets, so his absence will largely go unnoticed in the fantasy realm. Either Eric Tangradi or Anthony Peluso will gobble up most of his playing time.
News: Enstrom (lower body) practiced with the team on Tuesday morning, according to Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press.
Impact: Enstrom has not performed up to par this season as far as being a powerplay quarterback goes. Young gun Jacob Trouba has sort of taken over that role. At the very least, Toby is serviceable, but he's not the fantasy stud he used to be.
Devin Setoguchi - #40 - Right Wing - 6'0" - 205lbs
News: Setoguchi (knee) practiced with the team on Tuesday morning, according to Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press.
Impact: Setguchi has five points in his last seven games dating back before the Olympic games. It seems he's over his injury woes for now and back on a regular shift on a team that's one of the hottest in the league. Fantasy owners should take note.
Sun. Mar 2, 2014 | STATS
News: Pavelec finished with 39 saves to help Winnipeg pull out a 3-1 win over Nashville on Saturday.
Impact: Pavelec is 9-3-0 with a 2.23 goals-against average in his last 12 starts.
Sat. Mar 1, 2014 | STATS
News: Wright has a lower-body injury.
Impact: Wright's status going forward remains unclear.
News: Ladd scored the game-winning goal Saturday in a 3-1 victory over the Predators.
Impact: He now has 15 goals and 28 assists in 62 games this season. But his pace has quickened and he has 10 points, including four goals, in his last 10 games. He may be in for a late-season surge.
News: Pavelec was a beast between the pipes in a 3-1 win over Nashville on Saturday. He made 39 saves and is 4-1 in his last five starts.
Impact: Sometimes he's on and man, was he on Saturday night. He's been playing with more consistency since Paul Maurice took the coaching reins in the Peg -- not a surprise given Maurice's reputation as a player's coach. Use him well.
News: Wright left Saturday's game against the Predators with a lower-body injury, Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press reports.
Impact: The injury appeared to occur when Wright was tangled up with the Preds' Seth Jones late in the second period. He'll be reevaluted by the Jets' medical staff after the game.
News: Pavelec will be the starter in goal Saturday against the Predators, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: Pavelec is coming off a strong 34-save showing against the Coyotes on Thursday and will need to deliver another positive outing as the Jets continue their upward climb in the standings under new bench boss Paul Maurice. The Jets took a painful loss to the Predators the last time the two teams met on Jan. 28, as Pavelec allowed a game-winning goal to Mike Fisher.
Fri. Feb 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Pavelec made 34 saves Thursday in a win over Phoenix.
Impact: Pavelec is 8-3-0 with a 2.35 goals-against average since Jan. 13.
Fri. Feb 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pavelec stopped 34 shots through regulation and overtime, then three of four in the shootout to come away with a victory over Phoenix on Thursday night.
Impact: A nice game for Pavelec following an uninspiring Olympics in which he was lit up by Team USA as the Czechs were knocked out, but he remains too inconsistent for fantasy owners to rely upon his services regularly.
Evander Kane - #9 - Left Wing - 6'2" - 195lbs
News: Kane (hand) was officially activated from injured reserve Thursday.
Impact: This news merely confirms what has been expected for several days, as Kane has hit no snags in his recovery since returning to the ice for practice last week. Injuries and ineffectiveness have prevented Kane from taking the step forward many expected from him in his age-22 season, but he's still been reasonably productive with 15 goals and 14 assists in 42 games.
Jim Slater - #19 - Center - 6'0" - 200lbs
News: Slater (sports hernia) was activated from injured reserve Thursday.
Impact: Slater has been practicing with the team for the past week, and after coach Paul Maurice came away confident that the forward was 100 percent healthy following morning skate, he'll be back in the lineup for the first time since Oct. 18. He'll man the fourth-line center spot in his return.
Keaton Ellerby - #7 - Defense - 6'5" - 221lbs
News: Ellerby will likely be in the lineup Thursday against the Coyotes, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: Paul Postma appeared to be skating as the extra defenseman at morning skate, meaning he'll likely be a healthy scratch while Ellerby slots in on the third pairing with Adam Pardy. An illness prevented Ellerby from playing in the Jets' last game before the break, but he should be sufficiently healthy by this point. Ellerby has two goals and three assists over 36 games with the Jets.
News: Halischuk (forearm) will not return from IR for Thursday's game, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: Halischuk has received medical clearance to return to the lineup, but coach Paul Maurice isn't quite ready to take the plunge and use him in his lineup just yet. After he gets in a few more practices, expect Halischuk to be activated.
News: Pavelec will be in the crease Thursday against the Coyotes, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: Pavelec's performance with the Czech Republic in the Olympics could best be described as uneven, essentially mirroring what he's done for the Jets this season. The 26-year-old slumped into the Olympics with at least three goals allowed in four of his last five contests. With 11 other games on the board Thursday, it's probably advisable to avoid using Pavelec in leagues that start only one goalie.
Jim Slater - #19 - Center - 6'0" - 200lbs
News: Slater (sports hernia) has received full medical clearance to return to the lineup, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: The only issue standing in his way is a crowded roster that's similarly healthy and might not have any immediate openings. The Jets would have to demote a player to the minors to make room for Slater's return from IR, which might lead coach Paul Maurice to simply let the forward rest up for a few more games before making any roster decisions.
News: Halischuk (forearm) has received clearance to return to the lineup, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: The only issue standing in his way is a crowded roster that's similarly healthy and might not have any immediate openings. The Jets would have to demote a player to the minors to make room for Halischuk's return from IR, which might lead coach Paul Maurice to simply let the forward rest up for a few more games before making any roster decisions.
Devin Setoguchi - #40 - Right Wing - 6'0" - 205lbs
News: Setoguchi (knee) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, Ken Weibe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: This would seem to bode well for his chances of playing in Winnipeg's first game out of the break Thursday against Phoenix. Unless the Jets announce that the forward has suffered a setback during Wednesday's practice or Thursday's morning skate, fantasy owners shouldn't plan on having him miss any game action.
News: Enstrom (lower body) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: Assuming Enstrom is able to practice without incident again Wednesday and the Jets' morning skate a day later, he should be available for Thursday's game vs. Phoenix. After totaling 15 points in 22 games last season, Enstrom's 19 in 60 contests in 2013-14 look like a major disappointment by comparison.
Evander Kane - #9 - Left Wing - 6'2" - 195lbs
Tue. Feb 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kane (hand) will be available for Thursday's game against the Coyotes, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: Kane has been working out with the Jets since the team reconvened last week for practices, and it looks like doctors are comfortable with how he's progressed from the infection in his hand. He should reclaim a left wing spot on the second line immediately upon returning.
Blake Wheeler - #26 - Right Wing - 6'5" - 205lbs
Mon. Feb 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wheeler averaged only 4:54 of ice time during his six games with the United States in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Impact: Considering the devastating injuries that befell Olympic participants John Tavares, Mats Zuccarello and Aleksander Barkov, the Jets are probably happy that Wheeler didn't see the ice very often in Sochi. Although several skaters stood above him on a crowded American depth chart, the Jets will have no problem with plugging Wheeler back into a feature role the rest of the way. He leads the Jets with 22 goals on the season.