Preparing for a third straight game against the Calgary Flames, the Winnipeg Jets will be a little shorthanded during their 11th game of the season, as forward Jansen Harkins will be held out of Thursday’s showdown.
Following Thursday’s morning skate at Bell MTS Place, coach Paul Maurice revealed to members of the media that Harkins suffered a lower-body injury, which will force him out of the lineup.
Maurice said Harkins won't play tonight (day-to-day with a lower-body injury). Gustafsson and Vesalainen will play.
— Mitchell Clinton (@MitchellClinton) February 4, 2021
In Harkin’s absence, teammate David Gustafsson, who’s sat out the last two games as a healthy scratch, will draw back into the lineup on Thursday and will skate alongside forwards Trevor Lewis and Kristian Vesalainen on the Jets’ fourth line.
It remains unclear as to how the 23-year-old suffered this injury and the team is currently listing him as day-to-day.
Through nine games this season, Harkins has averaged 8:23 minutes of ice time, producing four shots on net, two hits, one block, one takeaway and a 61.5% faceoff percentage.
Winnipeg is scheduled to take on Calgary on Thursday at 7 pm CT.