Many people were wondering whether Josh Morrissey would face any supplementary discipline for his cross-check on Minnesota’s Eric Staal last night, and the league has now announced that he’ll have a phone hearing later today. That means the Winnipeg Jets could be without another hugely important defender for Game 5, while already dealing with injuries on the back end.
Morrissey appeared to cross-check Staal right in the face during a penalty kill in the first period. Staal immediately went to the bench, and no penalty was called on the play. After the game, Minnesota head coach Bruce Boudreau claimed the non-call cost the Wild the game. Not only would it have been a 5-on-3 powerplay, but Boudreau believes Morrissey should have been thrown out of the game.
With Tyler Myers nursing an injury, and Toby Enstrom not ready to return, the Jets could be scrambling for a replacement on the blue line should Morrissey be given a suspension. Sami Niku, who was recalled as an insurance policy for Game 4, was returned today to the Manitoba Moose. He likely would be the first option if Morrissey can’t go, which puts a lot of pressure on the rookie.