Ice Chips: Jets' Connor to return vs. Islanders
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Winnipeg Jets star forward Kyle Connor, who hasn't played since Dec. 10 due to a knee injury, will return to action against the New York Islanders on Tuesday, TSN's John Lu reports.
The Jets also retroactively placed forward Mark Scheifele on injured reserve to make room for Connor.
Scheifele sustained a lower-body injury last Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks and would be eligible to return against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
The Kitchener, Ont., native has 14 goals and 27 assists in 41 games so far this season.
It has been just over five weeks since Connor suffered the injury against the Anaheim Ducks and had an original timetable of 6-8 weeks for his return.
The 27-year-old American was putting together another strong season before he was sidelined, netting 17 goals and 11 assists over 26 games. Connor has 226 goals and 226 assists over 492 career games in Winnipeg since the Jets selected him 17th overall in 2015 out of the University of Michigan.
The 28-10-4 Jets had their eight-game win streak snapped on Saturday with a 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Winnipeg sits third in the NHL with 60 points in 42 games.
Jets' Practice Lines
Connor - Lowry - Iafallo
Perfetti - Namestnikov - Ehlers
Niederreiter - Toninato - Appleton
Barron - Kupari - Jonsson-Fjallby
Morrissey - DeMelo
Dillon - Pionk
Samberg - Schmidt
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings veteran forward Patrick Kane will miss at least the next two games after leaving Sunday's win over the Toronto Maple Leafs early with a lower-body injury.
Red Wings head coach Derek Lalonde said Kane will be unavailable for the remainder of the road trip which includes Wednesday against the Florida Panthers and Friday against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Since signing a one-year, $2.75 million contract in late November, the 35-year-old American has seven goals and nine assists over 19 games.
The 23-year-old has an 8-6-3 record this season with a .889 save percentage and a 3.32 goals-against average.
The Senators were without Josh Norris for Tuesday's pregame skate after he joined the team in a non-contact jersey Monday.
Norris left midway through Ottawa's game against Calgary on Jan. 9 with an upper-body injury, missing the team's last two games.
The 24-year-old has 12 goals and 20 points in 33 games this season, his fifth with the Sens.
The team is projected to use the following lines against Colorado:
Forwards Sean Monahan and Jesse Ylönen did not participate in practice Tuesday due to therapy days.
The Blackhawks signed Jason Dickenson to a two-year, $8.5 million extension on Tuesday.
The Calgary Flames announced that goaltender Dustin Wolf has been recalled from the American Hockey League and also said netminder Jacob Markstrom is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
The Flames are preparing to host the Arizona Coyotes Tuesday night.
Wolf, 22, has appeared in five games for the Flames this season and is 1-2-1 with a 3.46 goals-against average and .893 save percentage.
Markstrom, 33, is 13-11-2 in 26 games in 2023-24 with a 2.59 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs are in Edmonton to face the red-hot Oilers on Tuesday.
The Oilers have won 10 games in a row.
Martin Jones will get the start for Toronto.
Leafs lines at morning skate:
Holmberg - Matthews - Marner
Knies - Tavares - Nylander
Bertuzzi - Domi - Jarnkrok
McMann - Kampf - Gregor
Rielly - Brodie
Benoit - McCabe
Giordano - Liljegren
Lagesson - Timmins
Defenceman Mark Friedman has been assigned to Abbotsford of the American Hockey League for conditioning, Vancouver Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said Tuesday.
Forward Linus Karlsson was also assigned to the AHL.
Friedman, 28, has registered an assist in 18 games for the Canucks this season and last played on Nov. 30.
Karlsson has appeared in four games for Vancouver in 2023-24.