(Las Vegas) Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele will not be in the all-important Game 5 against the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday.
Head coach Rick Bowness said Scheifele hasn’t recovered enough to return to the roster.
The Jets won the first game of the series, but lost the next three.
If they were to win on Thursday, Game 6 would be played at the Canada Life Center on Saturday.
With 42 goals this season, Scheifele left with an upper-body injury on Monday.
As for striker Nikolaj Ehlers, he trained at T-Mobile Arena and his condition will be reassessed on Thursday.
“He’s done well in practice,” Bowness said. We put him in a scramble situation. We’ll see how he handles that. We’ll see how he feels on Thursday and then we’ll make a decision. »
Ehlers has yet to play in this series due to an upper body injury.
“I want to be on the ice to help the team and I haven’t been able to,” said Ehlers, who has 38 points in 45 games this season. It is clear that if I had to play, I would go all out. »
His teammate Nate Schmidt praised the Dane.
“It’s fantastic what he can bring to the team,” commented the defender. It gives options. He creates a lot of space with his playmaking skills.”
The Jets were relaxed in practice on Wednesday. It’s a way to minimize the pressure, Schmidt said.
“We’re a lot more precise in execution that way,” he said. This training was a good example. »
Morgan Barron used a regular visor during the session.
He had been playing with a full grid since he had to receive 75 stitches after being hit by a skate blade in the face in Game 1.
For the Knights, Chandler Stephenson leads the club with six points in the series, one more than captain Mark Stone.
Neal Pionk leads the Jets with seven points (seven assists). However, he has a differential of minus six.