The Winnipeg Jets breathed a sigh of relief Thursday as it was revealed left-winger Evander Kane's right-leg injury isn't serious.

Of course the "tweak" to Kane's knee at practice Wednesday simply provided a diversion from the real problems the Jets face early in this NHL season.

Kane is expected to be OK and could even be in the lineup Friday night when the 3-4 Jets face the division-rival St. Louis Blues at MTS Centre.

The Blues are one of the league's elite teams and not one that will be easily beaten especially by a Jets team that has struggled to start games with intensity and has been badly outmatched in puck battles while losing four of the last five games.

As strange as it sounds seven games into the season desperation from the get-go will be paramount for the Jets to have success. Winnipeg has not yet beaten a Central Division team and the Blues are one of the toughest to play against.

"Against any team your start has to be better than what we had in the last seven games" Jets centre Olli Jokinen said. "At the same time I think it's a good challenge a good test for our team to play against a team like St. Louis. They probably feel like they're close to winning the Cup. They are a hard team to play against with a lot of big guys. I think we will see where we are as a team."

The Jets practised Thursday with only 19 players as centres Jim Slater and Bryan Little joined Kane and right-winger Chris Thorburn on the sidelines. Both Slater and Little are expected to play Friday and if Kane can't go it'll likely be Patrice Cormier called up from St. John's Thursday who gets the call.

The Blues who play Thursday night in Chicago against the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks are expected to bring a heavy game as coach Claude Noel likes to call it.