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Harrison out with upper-body injury

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The Canes will be without defenseman Jay Harrison tonight against the Winnipeg Jets, coach Paul Maurice said.

Maurice said Harrison has an upper-body injury and is day-to-day. Harrison, who has been partnered with rookie Justin Faulk, leads the team's D-men with nine points and is averaging more than 20 minutes in ice time after playing 29 minutes against Montreal on Wednesday.

Derek Joslin, a healthy scratch the past four games, will replace Harrison in the lineup tonight. Joslin has played just four games this season. Joni Pitkanen, who has missed the past seven games with a foot injury, skated with the team again today and may be ready for Sunday's game in Ottawa.

Harrison was at practice Thursday but Maurice said Harrison reported the injury after practice.

The Jets (8-9-4) are 3-0-1 in their last four, losing 4-3 in overtime in Washington on Wednesday. The three wins, all in Winnipeg, came against Tampa Bay, Washington and Philadelphia. The Jets scored three power-play goals against the Flyers in a 6-4 victory.

"Confidence is everything in this league and you can see it in their last four games," Maurice said.

"These games are huge. We're starting to move past that first part of the season where you're deciding who you are as a team. We'd like to think we have a bit of an identity of how we want to play the game for the last three-quarters of the season."

 

 

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A Raleigh native, Chip has worked at the N&O since 1979 and is the Canes beat writer. He can be reached at chip.alexander@newsobserver.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @ice_chip.
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