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Ehlers will have surgery for a sports hernia, out indefinitely for the Jets

Ehlers will have surgery for a sports hernia, out indefinitely for the Jets

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

“The details are still being worked out,” Jets coach Rick Bowness said Saturday before Winnipeg played the Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m. ET; SN360, CITY, SNW, ATTSN-PT, ESPN+, SN NOW) . “We won’t know how long he’ll be out [doctors] get in there and see what they’re dealing with.”

The forward last played on October 17, when he suffered the injury during a 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars.

Ehlers skated Wednesday for the first time since taking part in the morning skate before the Jets’ game at the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 19.

Bowness said Ehlers’ injury hasn’t responded the way the Jets had hoped.

“After 7-10 days it looked like progress was being made,” he said. “It was slower progress for sure, but we didn’t push it and we gave him a bit of extra time, hoping to try and avoid it. We gave him as much time as we could and a moment when, “Hey, there’s something a little more than we can find right now.”

Ehlers has three assists in two games. He was placed on injured reserve retroactive to October 18.

“Give a lot of credit to our forwards because all the guys we’ve asked to adjust their role, their minutes and even the guys they normally play with, they’ve all done a good job,” Bowness said . “It’s back to us having to play team defense to stay in games, which we’ve cleaned up a lot in the last 10 games.”

The Jets are also without a forward Mason Appleton i Morgan Barron. Appleton had surgery this week to repair a wrist injury and is expected to be out 2-3 months. Last Sunday he played against the Seattle Kraken. Barron, out since Oct. 30, also had wrist surgery and is expected to be out 4-5 weeks.

“The guys who have stepped up and played those roles have done an outstanding job,” Bowness said. “We need this. It’s the top nine [forwards], are not easy to replace. Do we miss them? We absolutely miss them. Change all line formations and change roles. And sometimes when that happens, you put a guy in a role that he wouldn’t normally be in.”

defenses Dylan DeMelo i Logan Stanley they are also out for the Jets. DeMelo will miss a second straight game with an upper-body injury, but Bowness says he could play Monday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

“It’s nothing long-term,” Bowness said of DeMelo. “We hope to get him back. He skated [Saturday], but he’s not ready to leave. We look forward to seeing him again on Monday night.”

Stanley was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 25 with a foot injury and will miss his 10th straight game.





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