The Jets will have a key part of their back end available when their playoff series gets underway as NHL.com’s Scott Billeck reports that defenseman Josh Morrissey has been cleared to return after missing the last 20 games of the regular season with an upper-body injury. He’s expected to immediately rejoin Winnipeg’s top pairing where he logged over 22 minutes a night before the injury.
However, the injury news isn’t all good. Head coach Paul Maurice told reporters, including TSN’s Sara Orlesky (Twitter link), that Brandon Tanev will not suit up on Wednesday due to a finger injury that cost him the final two games of the season. The physical winger led the Jets and finished third overall in hits with 278 while chipping in with 29 points in 80 games.
More from the West:
- Canucks defense prospect Olli Juolevi is progressing well from his knee surgery back in December, agent Markus Lehto stated on Sportsnet 650 (audio link). The fifth pick back in 2016 was in the minors at the time and had gotten off to a strong start to his first AHL season. Lehto indicated that Juolevi should be ready to participate in training camp in September.
- Kings winger Carl Grundstrom is dealing with concussion-like symptoms, notes Curtis Zupke of the LA Times (Twitter link). The injury occurred in their final game on Saturday. Grundstrom made a strong first impression with Los Angeles after being acquired from Toronto as part of the return for defenseman Jake Muzzin, collecting five goals and an assist in just 15 games while averaging just shy of 15 minutes a night of playing time.