Nikolaj Ehlers will be out the rest of the regular season for the Winnipeg Jets with an undisclosed injury but is expected to be back for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, coach Paul Maurice said Monday.
“We’re confident and hopeful that he’ll be back for the start of the playoffs,” Maurice said.
Ehlers sustained the injury in a 4-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, when the forward scored a goal and played 16:23.
Maurice said he couldn’t be certain when the injury occurred.
“I don’t know if I can nail it to one,” Maurice said. “He got into a bunch of different collisions. He finished the game. He’s a tough young man but I don’t know that we can pinpoint one, specifically.”
Ehlers has scored 46 points (21 goals, 25 assists) in 47 games this season, and his average of 0.98 points per game is the best of his six-season NHL career. He has scored at least 21 goals in each of the past five seasons and is second on the Jets this season, behind forward Kyle Connor, who has scored 22 goals.
Adam Lowry skated Monday, but is not ready to return to the Jets lineup. The forward will miss his second straight game when Winnipeg hosts the Edmonton Oilers on Monday (9 p.m. ET; TSN3, SNW, SNOL, NHL.TV) after he left a 5-3 loss to the Maple Leafs on Thursday when he was hit in the head.
“Adam skates here today so it’s all kind of positive, forward motion from his injury,” Maurice said. “And he’s got to get out of the gold outfit and get back into a regular sweater and get bumping. I’m hopeful that might happen in a few days. But with all of these kind of neck and head-related things, we’re just going to be so careful with them.”
The Jets (27-17-3) are second in the seven-team Scotia North Division, one point ahead of the third-place Oilers and eight behind the first-place Maple Leafs. The top four teams will qualify for the playoffs.