Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey returns to lineup vs. Wild

Winnipeg Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey. (CP Images)

The Winnipeg Jets‘ depleted blue line will get a boost Thursday when they host the Minnesota Wild, as defenceman Josh Morrissey is back in the lineup after a brief absence due to injury.

Morrissey was sidelined for Sunday’s contest against the New York Islanders because of an upper-body injury sustained during warm-ups and also missed Tuesday’s matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins for precautionary reasons.

Morrissey, who signed an eight-year extension with the Jets last month, is a crucial member of Winnipeg’s blue line — especially with Jacob Trouba and Tyler Myers gone, and Dustin Byfuglien still mulling his future in the game.

Fellow rearguard Dmitry Kulikov will also be back in the lineup for Thursday’s home opener after being granted a brief personal leave Tuesday by the club.

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