The Jets seemingly can be with out two of their prime forwards for Recreation 2 of their NHL qualifying spherical sequence Monday vs. the Flames.
Heart Mark Scheifele and winger Patrik Laine are thought-about uncertain due to accidents, TSN’s Sara Orlesky reported late Sunday. Each have been damage in Winnipeg’s Four-1 loss to Calgary in Recreation 1 on Saturday.
A supply tells me tonight that Mark Scheifele’s damage just isn’t believed to be long run however he’s nonetheless uncertain for sport 2 Monday afternoon. Patrik Laine can be uncertain. #NHL #TSN
— Sara Orlesky (@saraorlesky) August three, 2020
The report that Scheifele’s damage just isn’t thought-about long-term must be encouraging to the Jets. He wanted help skating off the ice showing to endure a severe lower-body damage. He slammed into the boards awkwardly whereas the Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk was trailing him.
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Tkachuk’s historical past of chippiness had the Jets believing he tried to deliberately injure Scheifele by slicing his leg with a skate. Jets coach Paul Maurice mentioned Saturday that Tkachuk made a “soiled, filthy hit” that might have ended Scheifele’s profession. He mentioned Sunday that he would “stick by each phrase” he mentioned.
Maurice does not imagine Tkachuk jumped onto the ice trying to injure Scheifele, however he is additionally satisfied the contact was not the accident Tkachuk claims it was.
“I believe he performs at a degree and he is on the sting he crosses it generally. He crossed it in my thoughts, clearly,” Maurice mentioned.
Flames coach Geoff Ward shrugged off Maurice’s feedback, saying they have been coming from a veteran coach who was sticking up for one in all his greatest gamers and was attempting to work the league’s disciplinarians.
“I perceive what Paul’s doing,” Ward mentioned. “He is defending his participant. He is attempting to get an elite participant in our lineup probably taken out or suspended. And he is attempting to create some power, in all probability, in his personal room.”
Ward mentioned the the NHL dominated that “that there is going to be no additional dialogue about” the play, “and so we transfer on.”
Laine appeared to endure an upper-body damage when he was squeezed up towards the top boards within the third interval. He was later seen holding his left arm on the bench.
Each gamers visited specialists on Sunday, Maurice mentioned.
Video games 2 and three of this best-of-five sequence within the Edmonton bubble are Monday and Tuesday.