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Sport Jets recall Niku ahead of Game 5 with shorthanded defense corps

20:05  19 april  2018
20:05  19 april  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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The Winnipeg Jetsrecalled defenseman Sami Niku from the AHL's Manitoba Moose on Thursday with Game 5 against the Minnesota Wild looming Friday.

The Jets' blue line is awfully thin at the moment. Josh Morrissey is suspended for Game 5, Tyler Myers was injured in Game 3 and missed Game 4, Toby Enstrom hasn't been cleared to play yet, and Dmitry Kulikov isn't expected back for at least another month.

If Myers and Enstrom are unable to go Friday, the Jets could be forced to ice the following defensive pairings:

LDRD
Joe MorrowDustin Byfuglien
Ben ChiarotJacob Trouba
Sami NikuTucker Poolman

The 21-year-old Niku showed promise with the Moose this season, scoring 16 goals with 54 points in 76 games. However, the former seventh-round pick has just one game of NHL experience under his belt.

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