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NEWARK, N.J. — Mark Scheifele will not be in the lineup tonight when the Winnipeg Jets take on the New Jersey Devils.
Coach Paul Maurice provided a brief update following the morning skate at Prudential Center, saying Scheifele is listed as "day-to-day" and is a possibility to return later in this road trip. The No. 1 centre suffered no structural damage and his injury isn't believed to be serious, the coach said.
"I guess as good as news as we could hope for," said Maurice. "He's a little banged up, so we'll list him as day-to-day. He may play on this trip but we won't know that until we get probably at least another 24 hours out, 48 hours out."
Scheifele left in the second period of Tuesday’s game in New York with a suspected shoulder injury after taking several big hits, including one earlier in the game in a collision with teammate Blake Wheeler.
Maurice also reiterated that this injury was different than the one Scheifele suffered in December that kept him out of the lineup for 16 games.
In other news, backup goalie Steve Mason suffered a lower-body injury in the morning skate, leaving the ice after only about 15 minutes. Maurice said they're not sure just yet how significant it is, but Michael Hutchinson will have to be recalled from the Manitoba Moose.
Mason had just returned from his second concussion of the season to lead the Jets to a 3-0 win Tuesday against the Rangers.
Defenceman Toby Enstrom will return to the lineup tonight after missing the past four games with a lower-body injury. Maurice wouldn't say who he will replace, although Joe Morrow is a good bet.
Brandon Tanev will also be back, taking the spot left absent by Scheifele. He hasn't played since getting hurt in a Feb. 3 game.
Mathieu Perreault is also under the weather and missed the morning skate, but Maurice was hopeful he can play. If not, Marko Dano would draw in.
"This is just kind of your standard daily operating life in the NHL," Maurice said of the flurry of news.
Maurice wouldn't reveal what his line combinations will look like, only to say that captain Blake Wheeler will remain on the wing. Paul Stastny and Bryan Little will likely be in the middle of the top two units, with Andrew Copp and Matt Hendricks centring the bottom two.
Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers will surely stay with Stastny, as that's been perhaps the hottest line in the NHL over the past week. Tanev will likely skate with Hendricks on the fourth line, but the rest of the combinations will be a mystery until game time.
This is the midway point of the longest road trip of the season. Winnipeg began with a 3-2 win in Carolina Sunday, then followed it up by blanking New York. After tonight, Winnipeg plays Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, then back-to-back in Washington and Nashville next Monday and Tuesday.
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