Shot to head sidelines Ehlers
Jets rookie forward out indefinitely with suspected eye injury
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This article was published 04/03/2016 (2353 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The Winnipeg Jets will be without dynamic Dane Nikolaj Ehlers for an indefinite period .
Ehlers was struck in the visor by a shot in Thursday’s overtime against the Islanders. That puck broke his visor and dropped onto the stick of Kyle Okposo, who ripped it home for the winner in a 4-3 decision.
Ehlers, who suffered cuts around his eye from the visor, had to be helped off the ice and was not at practice Friday.
“Nik Ehlers took a puck on the visor and the visor broke, which caused an injury,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said Friday. “He has some blood in the eye chamber. We don’t know the extent of it. We’ll know in the next 24 hours once he sees specialists and he’s tested.
“What we will learn from that is the amount and then have a timeline on when we think it will dissipate. What it’s going to be tougher for me to tell you is that he’s going to be completely shut down until it’s dissipated.
“We have no expectation of anything long-term. But the longer we think it takes to dissipate, that’s going to extend that injury because he won’t get on a bike or go for a brisk walk until it’s completely gone.
“I should be able to give you a better window tomorrow.”
Ehlers, moved lately to a line with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler, had 13 goals and 18 assists in 63 games.
The Jets also finished Thursday’s game without fourth-line forward Anthony Peluso, who suffered an upper-body injury in the first period.
He’s out three to four weeks.
“Best-case scenario with Anthony is that we’re looking three to four weeks, so that would be good news because he’s be able to rehab, and at the end of three or four weeks he could be a player for us,” Maurice said.
Defenceman Jacob Trouba also missed Friday’s practice, but the coach said Trouba is probable for tonight’s Hockey Night in Canada game here against the sagging Montreal Canadiens.
With the injuries, the Jets have recalled forward J.C. Lipon from the AHL’s Manitoba Moose, who were in San Antonio, Texas.
The issues out of Thursday’s game with the Islanders leaves the Jets without regulars Bryan Little, Mark Stuart, Ehlers and Peluso.
Updated on Friday, March 4, 2016 3:03 PM CST: Adds video