Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler to miss five-game road trip

Feb 17, 2021; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler (26) skates during warmups before a game against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler will miss a five-game road trip that begins Thursday night in Montreal, coach Paul Maurice confirmed Wednesday.

The 34-year-old forward was elbowed in the head by Ottawa’s Brady Tkachuk during the second period of the Jets’ 4-3 win on Monday night.

Winnipeg has not officially listed Wheeler’s injury as a concussion, but Sportsnet said the team appears to be treating it that way.

Wheeler had an assist in Monday’s game to give him 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists) in 39 games this season. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in assists (459) and points (683).

The Jets’ road trip includes two games against the Canadiens (Thursday and Saturday), two games at Ottawa (April 12 and 14) and one game at Toronto on April 15.

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