“The home opener is always exciting, to be back in your own building and to start off another season…It’s always a lot of fun.
Josh Morrissey on coming off injury and his excitement to play in the home opener tonight. pic.twitter.com/4hcNhwoNgY
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) October 10, 2019
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.