Postma closer to returning to action with Jets

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O'Dell gets promoted to Jokinen line

Winnipeg Jets’ defenceman Paul Postma, who practised for the first time with his teammates Wednesday since he was sidelined Oct. 27 with a blood clot in his calf, said he's going to have to take some special precautions once he returns to the lineup, hopefully in about a week.

But it's in the air, not on the ice, that he is going to have to be extra careful, Postma explained.

He said doctors never did definitively determine what caused the clot, but they speculated it might have had something to do with the frequent air travel Postma does as an NHLer — and all the sitting in cramped spaces that comes with that experience. And that, Postma said, means he's going to have to fly a little differently and be extra vigilant when he's on a plane from now on. 

"When I fly, I will have to wear compression stockings on my legs from now on," said the six-foot-three rearguard. "I can't be seated for more than hour at a time. I have to get up and walk around. Just little stuff like that -- I have to take an aspirin when I fly just to thin my blood a little bit." 

Postma said he's still got a couple days left of taking blood thinners and he is probably at least still a week away from actually being game-ready.

O’Dell moving up in Winnipeg

With Jets’ forward Devon Setoguchi ill, Eric O'Dell has moved into Setoguchi's spot on a line with Olli Jokinen and Dustin Byfuglien as Winnipeg prepares for tonight’s game against the Calgary Flames.

After going his first six career games in the NHL without a goal, O'Dell has scored in Winnipeg's last two games and is showing flashes of the form that saw him leading the St. John's IceCaps in scoring when he was called up from the AHL last month. (Kael Mouillierat and Brenden Kichton now share the IceCaps’ scoring lead).

 "It felt good to get a little streak going there and hopefully I can continue to put up some numbers here and just play a good, solid game," said O'Dell, who scored his first career NHL goal last Saturday against Columbus and added his second Monday against Phoenix.

Organizations: NHL, Calgary Flames

Geographic location: Winnipeg, St. John's, Phoenix

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