ST. LOUIS – The Winnipeg Jets could be without one of their quickest forwards for their most important game of the season.
Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers left Thursday’s game with 45.5 seconds to go in the third period after blocking a point shot from St. Louis Blues defenceman Colton Parayko.
Ehlers was hobbled by the shot and needed assistance from Adam Lowry to get off the ice after the stoppage in play – and he immediately made his way down the tunnel afterward.
Jets head coach Paul Maurice didn’t have much of an update to provide after Game 5 and not surprisingly, given the time of the year, he remained vague about the status of Ehlers for Game 6 when he spoke to reporters on Friday.
“He feels good today. So I’ll list him as probable,” said Maurice. “He won’t skate (Friday). We probably won’t put him out for the morning (on Saturday), but he feels good.”
Ehlers has 16 shots on goal in the series, but has no points and has now gone 20 Stanley Cup playoff games without recording a goal.
But his combination of speed and skill would be missed if Ehlers is unable to suit up in Game 5.
Should Ehlers be unavailable, Par Lindholm would likely draw into the lineup for the third time this series and move onto the fourth line.
Either Mathieu Perreault or Kevin Hayes, a centre who can play the wing if necessary, would likely get the promotion to the second line with Bryan Little and Patrik Laine.
After a slow start to the series, Hayes has two goals during the past three games and he was one of the most dangerous Jets on Thursday, generating five shots on goal and six shot attempts.
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