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Ice Chips: Jets' Scheifele will miss Saturday's game vs. Maple Leafs

Mark Scheifele Mark Scheifele - The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg Jets

Centre Mark Scheifele will not be available to the Jets when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, according to head coach Rick Bowness.

Scheifele, 30, participated in Friday's practice in a regular jersey but removed himself as the team was taking power-play rushes.

He missed the team's last five games and has been day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

The 6-foot-3 centre has 14 goals and 41 points in 41 games this season

Forward Gabriel Vilardi and defenceman Josh Morrissey practiced with the team in regular jerseys on Friday, according to TSN's John Lu.

Morrissey, 28, left Thursday's 1-0 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs in the first period after blocking a shot from forward Matthew Knies.

He told reporters after practice that Knies spot hit him in an "uncomfortable spot" and left the game for precautionary reasons.

Morrissey will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game.

The 6-foot defenceman has seven goals and 33 points in 46 games this season and leads the Jets with 24:10 per game.

Vilardi, 24, missed the team's last two games with a lower body injury.

He told reporters after practice that the injury flared up during the Jets' 2-1 overtime win over the Ottawa Senators and sat out for precautionary reasons.

The 6-foot-3 forward also said that he feels ready to play on Saturday but remains a game-time decision.

Vilardi has 11 goals and 20 points in 26 games this season.

The Jets used these lines at Friday's practice, according to Lu:

Connor - Scheifele - Vilardi
Perfetti - Namestnikov - Ehlers
Niederreiter - Lowry - Appleton
Barron - Kupari - Iafallo
Jonsson-Fjallby - Toninato - Gustafsson

Morrissey - DeMelo
Dillon - Pionk
Samberg - Schmidt
Chisholm - Stanley


Toronto Maple Leafs

Forward Calle Jarnkrok left practice early on Friday after blocking a shot during practice, according to Dave McCarthy of

Jarnkrok was visibly upset after the incident, slamming his glove into the ground.

The 32-year-old has 10 goals and 19 points in 46 games this season and was practicing on the team's third line.

Forward Tyler Bertuzzi rejoined the Maple Leafs ahead of the team's practice on Friday, according to TSN's Mark Masters.

Bertuzzi, 28, missed the team's 1-0 overtime win over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday to be with his wife who had the couple's second child.

The 6-foot-2 forward has six goals and 20 points in 45 games this season.

Toronto used these lines during Friday's practice, according to Masters:

Knies - Matthews - Marner
Bertuzzi - Tavares - Nylander
Robertson - Domi - Jarnkrok
Holmberg - Kampf - Gregor

Rielly - Brodie
Benoit - McCabe
Giordano - Liljegren
Lagesson - Timmins


Absent: McMann

Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers used these lines during Friday's practice, according to team reporter Tony Brar:

Draisaitl - McDavid - Hyman
Kane - Nugent-Hopkins - Foegele
Holloway - McLeod - Perry
Janmark - Ryan - Brown/Gagner

Nurse - Ceci
Ekholm - Bouchard
Kulak - Desharnais


New York Rangers

Rangers forward Filip Chytil had to be helped off the ice during the Rangers' optional skate on Friday, according to Dan Rosen of

Chytil, 24, has been out of the lineup since Nov. 2 with a concussion and was participating in his second skate since sustaining the injury,.

The 6-foot-2 forward appeared in only 10 games this season, recording 6 assists.

Montreal Canadiens

Forward Alex Newhook skated by himself on Friday prior to Canadiens' practice.

Newhook, 22, has been out of the lineup since Nov. 30 with a high ankle sprain and missed the team's last 25 games.

The Canadiens acquired Newhook from the Colorado Avalanche prior to the 2023 draft in exchange for two draft picks.

Newhook has seven goals and 13 points in 23 games this season

Pittsburgh Penguins

Forward Reilly Smith and defenceman John Ludvig both took part in the Penguins' optional skate on Friday, according to team reporter Michelle Crechiolo.

Smith, 32, missed the team's last four games with an upper-body injury.

The 6-foot-1 winger was acquired from the Vegas Golden Knights prior to the 2023 draft in exchange for a draft pick.

Smith has eight goals and 20 points in 40 games this season.

Ludvig, 23, missed the team's last nine games with an upper-body injury.

The 6-foot-1 defenceman has an assist in 19 games this season.

Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings assigned defenceman Brogan Rafferty to the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday.

Rafferty, 28, was recalled on Thursday prior to the Red Wings' 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers but he did not play.

The 6-foot-1 defenceman has two goals and 15 points in 36 games in the AHL this season.

Florida Panthers

Forward Nick Cousins has exited concussion protocol while forward William Lockwood remains in the protocol, according to head coach Paul Maurice.

Cousins, 30, sustained the injury during the team's 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Jan 2.

The 5-foot-11 forward is still considered day-to-day while he gets his conditioning back into game shape.

Cousins has two goals and five points in 37 games this season.

Lockwood, 25, just finished serving a three-game suspension for goaltender interference on Minnesota Wild netminder Marc-Andre Fleury on Jan 19.

The 6-foot forward has an assist in 23 games this season.

New Jersey Devils

Head coach Lindy Ruff was not at practice on Friday after taking a puck to the head during Thursday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes, according to team reporter Amanda Stein.

Ruff was hit during the second period of Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Hurricanes and did not return for the third period.

Associate coach Travis Green took over as acting head coach in place of Ruff on Thursday and handled the press conference.

The 63-year-old coach was held off the ice on Friday for precautionary reasons.

New Jersey sits in fourth place of the Metropolitan Division with a 24-19-3 record and are four points back of the Detroit Red Wings for the final wild card spot.

Seattle Kraken

Forwards Matty Beniers, Jaden Schwartz, and Eeli Tolvanen will be game-time decisions for Friday's game against the St. Louis Blues, according to head coach Dave Hakstol.

Both Schwartz and Tolvanen took part in the Kraken's optional skate on Friday.

Beniers, 21, missed the team's last five games with an upper-body injury.

The 2023 Calder Trophy winner has six goals and 19 points in 42 games this season.

Schwartz recently came back from a lower-body injury after a 16-game absence and could be out due to maintenance.

The 31-year-old winger has 10 goals and 20 points in 31 games this season.

Tolvanen has an undisclosed injury.

The 5-foot-10 forward as 12 goals and 29 points in 47 games this season.