The Jets are likely to be without two of their best attackers for Game 2 of their NHL qualifying round series Monday vs. the Flames.
Center Mark Scheifele and winger Patrik Laine are considered questionable due to injuries, Sara Orlesky of TSN reported late on Sunday. Both were injured on Saturday in Winnipeg’s 4-1 defeat to Calgary in Game 1.
– Sara Orlesky (@saraorlesky) August 3, 2020
The report that Scheifele’s damage is not considered long-term should be encouraging to the Jets. He needed help skating the ice, which looked like a serious injury to the lower body. He clanked clumsily while Matthew Tkachuk of the Flames followed.
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Tkachuk’s history of chippiness made the Jets believe that he was deliberately trying to injure Scheifele by cutting his leg with a skate. Jet coach Paul Maurice said on Saturday that Tkachuk had a “dirty, dirty hit” that could have ended Scheifele’s career. He said on Sunday that he would “stick to every word,” he said.
Maurice doesn’t believe Tkachuk jumped on the ice to injure Scheifele, but he’s also convinced the contact wasn’t the accident Tkachuk claims it was.
“I think he’s playing on a level and he’s about to cross it sometimes. He clearly crossed it in my mind, ” Maurice said.
Flames coach Geoff Ward took off Maurice’s comments and said they came from an experienced coach who stood up for one of his best players and tried to work on the discipline of the league.
“I understand what Paul is doing”, Ward said. “He defends his player. He may be trying to eliminate or suspend an elite player in our line-up. And he’s probably trying to create some energy in his own room. “
Ward said the NHL ruled that “there will be no further discussion of” the play, “so we move on.”
Laine was shown to sustain an upper body injury when he was pressed against the end boards in the third period. Later he was seen with his left arm on the bench.
Both players visited the specialists on Sunday, Maurice said.
Games 2 and 3 of this best-of-five series in the Edmonton bubble are Monday and Tuesday.