Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice “doesn’t know yet” if the team will have Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine or Mason Appleton available to play in Game 4 of their Qualifier series against the Calgary Flames.
Scheifele left the Jets’ Game 1 loss to the Flames early in the first period after a collision against the boards with Matthew Tkachuk. The Jets’ star centre was in visible pain immediately after the collision and had to be helped off the ice because he couldn’t put any weight on his left leg. Laine left the game mid-way through the third period holding his left hand after a collision with Flames captain Mark Giordano and winger Sam Bennett.
Both saw specialists last Sunday to further evaluate their injuries. Neither played in Game 2 or 3 of the Jets’ series against the Flames.
According to Maurice, Laine, Scheifele and Appleton have not been on the ice since they were injured. He did not disclose at this time if any of them would attempt to participate in the team’s morning skate on Thursday, adding that any decision about their return would be “medically driven.”
The Flames currently lead the Jets 2-1 in their best-of-five series.