Atlanta, Georgia 2021-04-08 03:40:13 –
Winnipeg Jets looks unfamiliar when he begins his five-game road trip with the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.
Captain Wheeler did not accompany the team during the flight as he was dealing with the effects of symptoms such as concussion.
Wheeler, who was third (22) in team claims and fourth (32) in points, was injured after being at the business end of Brady Tokachuk’s elbow in Jets’ 4-3 victory over Ottawa Senators on Monday.
Winnipeg coach Paule Maurice said, “He started to feel a little sick (Tuesday) and then (Wednesday).” “Concussion of this word (but) we don’t have a diagnosis about it yet, but we’re obviously really paying attention to these things, so we’ll treat it as it is.”
Since Jets moved out of Atlanta in 2011, the traditionally durable Wheeler has finished just six games.
Winnipeg forward Pierre Look Dubois scored two goals on Monday.
Dubois scored 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in six meetings with Montreal in 2020-21, and Kyle Connor scored 8 points (6 goals, 2 assists) in the season series. Jets holds a 4-2-0 record in those encounters, and three of those wins come in overtime.
Andrew Copp will replace Wheeler on the second line with Paul Stastony and Dubois.
Copp assisted twice on Monday, increasing his points to a total of 11 times (7 goals, 4 assists) in the last 9 games. His 12 goals and 30 points represent the best of his career.
Wheeler will be absent for a short while, but the Canadians lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Wednesday without Brendan Gallagher. The replacement captain will be absent for at least 6 weeks after having a broken right thumb and being placed on the long-term injured list.
“He’s still seeing a doctor. From what I understand, it takes some time to make sure the swelling and everything is in order,” said Dominique Ducharm, interim coach in Montreal. I think. ” “I’m sure he doesn’t need (surgery), but you never know.”
Former Hart Memorial Trophy winner Corey Perry scored twice on Wednesday, increasing his goals to a total of four in the last seven games.
“I’m confident that I’ll keep doing what I’m doing,” said Perry, who will turn 36 next month, about the recent surge.
Tyler Toffoli leads the Canadians this season with goals (19) and points (30). He has 5 and 7 against Jets respectively.
Montreal goalkeeper Carey Price suffered a lower body injury in the contest on Wednesday, but could be in the match when the Canadians open a six-game home stand on Thursday. Former Hart and Vezina Trophy winners are 2-1-1 for Winnipeg this season with four starts, 17-7-5 with three shutouts, an ERA of 2.32 and an ERA of .921. The save rate for 30 career meetings with Jet is .921.
Vezina Trophy winner Connor Hellebuyk started all six meetings with Montreal this season, 4-2-0 at 3.01 GAA. He owns a 6-4-1 record with a 3.20 GAA and .910 save rate in 12 career encounters with the Canadians.
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