This is Monahan’s first absence since Winnipeg acquired him from the Canadiens for a 2024 first-round pick and a 2027 conditional third-round pick on Feb. 2. The 29-year-old is on a tear with five goals in his last four games, his only points in a Jets uniform.
He’s averaging 17:45 per game since the trade while holding down the second-line center spot, winning 57.6% of his draws to boost his already career-high 55.4% win rate on the season. Veteran utility man Vladislav Namestnikov is seeing a promotion tonight, centering a second line of Nikolaj Ehlers and Alex Iafallo in Monahan’s absence.
Monahan, the 2013 sixth-overall pick, has 40 points in 57 games on the season, his highest per-game clip since he scored 34 goals and notched 82 points in 78 games with the Flames en route to a regular-season conference championship in 2018-19. He’s seeing usage on Winnipeg’s top power-play unit with Kyle Connor, Josh Morrissey, Mark Scheifele, and Gabriel Vilardi, and his even-strength possession numbers have been strong in a small sample with a 54.3 CF%
Other injury updates as the weekend draws to a close:
- Hurricanes defenseman Jalen Chatfield is absent from tonight’s ongoing contest against the Sabres with an upper-body injury, according to the NHL’s roster report. Chatfield remains listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury and has now missed his fourth straight contest. The 27-year-old Michigan native last suited up on Feb. 17 against the Golden Knights, and Carolina is 2-1-0 in his absence. The rock-steady bottom-pairing defender has five goals and 14 points in 49 games this season while averaging a career-high 14:52 per game. In line with the rest of the team, the undrafted free agent has a strong 59.3% Corsi share at even strength, tracking similarly to his previous two seasons in Raleigh. Chatfield is in the back half of a two-year, $1.525MM extension and will be a UFA this summer.
- Blackhawks defenseman Louis Crevier is returning from a facial injury against the Red Wings tonight, according to Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times. The 22-year-old rookie missed Chicago’s last two games after taking a puck to the mouth against Carolina on Monday. The 6-foot-8, 228-pound youngster was a seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft and has three assists through 20 games this year, his first NHL stint. He’s struggled to keep pace with the NHL, though, posting below-average possession numbers on an already defensively-challenged Blackhawks team with a 39.3 CF% at even strength and a -13 rating while averaging 15:47 per game.