Ehlers to have surgery for sports hernia, out indefinitely for Jets

WINNIPEG — Nikolaj Ehlers will have surgery to restore a sports hernia subsequent week and is out indefinitely for the Winnipeg Jets.

“Details are nonetheless being finalized,” Jets coach Rick Bowness mentioned Saturday, earlier than Winnipeg performed the Pittsburgh Penguins (7 pm ET; SN360, CITY, SNW, ATTSN-PT, ESPN+, SN NOW). “We will not know the size of time he can be out till [doctors] get in there and see what they’re coping with.”

The ahead final performed Oct. 17, when he sustained the damage throughout a 4-1 loss on the Dallas Stars.

Ehlers skated Wednesday for the primary time since participating within the morning skate prior to the Jets’ sport on the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 19.

Bowness mentioned Ehlers’ damage has not responded the way in which the Jets had hoped.

“After 7-10 days it felt like progress was being made,” he mentioned. “It was slower progress, no query, however we did not push it and we gave it a bit of additional time, hoping to try to keep away from this. We gave him as a lot time as we might and there comes some extent the place, ‘Hey , there’s one thing a bit of greater than we will discover proper now.'”

Ehlers has three assists in two video games. He was positioned on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 18.

“Give our forwards a variety of credit score due to all the blokes we have requested to alter their position, their minutes and even the blokes that they are enjoying with usually, they’ve all accomplished a very good job,” Bowness mentioned. “It goes again to us having to play that crew protection to maintain us within the video games, which we have cleaned up rather a lot over the previous 10 video games.”

The Jets are additionally with out forwards Mason Appleton and Morgan Barron. Appleton had surgery this week to restore a wrist damage and is predicted to be out for 2-3 months. He final performed towards the Seattle Kraken on Sunday. Barron, out since Oct. 30, additionally had wrist surgery and is predicted to be out 4-5 weeks.

“The guys who have stepped up and performed these roles have accomplished an distinctive job,” Bowness mentioned. “We want that. They are top-nine [forwards], they don’t seem to be simple to exchange. Are we lacking them? Absolutely we’re lacking them. It adjustments all of the formations of the traces and it adjustments roles. And typically when that occurs you are placing a man in a job that he usually would not be in.”

Defensemen Dylan DeMelo and Logan Stanley are also out for the Jets. DeMelo will miss a second straight sport due to an upper-body damage, however Bowness says he might play towards the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.

“It’s nothing long run,” Bowness mentioned of DeMelo. “We’re hoping to have him again. He skated [Saturday], however not prepared to go. We’re hoping to have him again for Monday night time.”

Stanley was positioned on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 25 due to a foot damage and can miss his tenth straight sport.

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