Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine and Mason Appleton are not expected to need significant time to heal from the injuries they sustained in the Winnipeg Jets’ Stanley Cup Qualifiers series loss to the Calgary Flames.
The forwards were injured in Game 1 on Aug. 1 and didn’t play the rest of the series, which Calgary clinched with a 4-0 win in Game 4 on Thursday.
Scheifele sustained a leg injury during a play along the boards 5:39 into the first period of Game 1, a 4-1 loss. He dumped the puck behind the net and was injured attempting to avoid a hit by Matthew Tkachuk in the Flames zone.
“Mark finished kind of with a second opinion today,” Maurice said Thursday following the Game 4 loss at Rogers Place in Edmonton, the hub city for the Western Conference. “We don’t think there’s any Achilles (tendon) damage. So, he’ll heal.”
Maurice said Scheifele was not cut by Tkachuk’s skate.
“No. It was a crushing injury,” he said. “It was not a cut. It was a crush.”
Laine left at 5:44 of the third period of Game 1 with a sprained left hand.
“It’s his top hand on his stick,” Maurice said. “So, he couldn’t hold his stick.”
Appleton sustained a shoulder injury.
“None of those are long-term but they’re all 2-3 weeks minimum,” Maurice said. “I really shouldn’t say that with Mark because we’ve got to get more imaging done with Mark, but we think with Patrik and Mason that it’s a two- or three-week injury.”
The injuries to Scheifele and Laine left the Jets without two of their top scorers. Winnipeg scored six goals in the series.
Scheifele was tied with forward Kyle Connor for the first on the Jets with 73 points (29 goals, 44 assists) in 71 games this season. Laine was fourth with 63 points (28 goals, 35 assists) in 68 games.
Winnipeg also battled other injuries in the series.
It lost defenseman Tucker Poolman and forward Mathieu Perreault during Game 3. Poolman sustained a cut all the way through his right cheek blocking a shot by Flames forward Mikael Backlund at 3:56 of the second period. He returned for the third period of that game, the cut stitched up from the inside and outside. He wore a full cage, then a full visor, upon his return and in Game 4.
Perreault’s injury was not disclosed. He left the game at 13:16 of the second period after being checked into the boards by Flames forward Sam Bennett and did not return but did play in Game 4.
Calgary will play either the Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues or Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference First Round. They are playing in the round-robin portion of the Qualifiers to determine the top four seeds in the West.
The Jets have a 12.5 percent chance at the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft in the Second Phase of the NHL Draft Lottery, to be held Monday.