Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers out for rest of regular season

Mar 26, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Winnipeg Jets left wing Nikolaj Ehlers (27) skates against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers will miss the rest of the regular season, coach Paul Maurice said Monday.

“We’re confident and hopeful he’ll be back for the start of the playoffs,” Maurice said.

Maurice did not provide specifics, but Ehlers is likely dealing with an upper-body injury after a big collision with Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin on Saturday night.

Ehlers, 25, scored his 21st goal of the season in the first period of Saturday’s 4-1 loss. He is second on the team in goals and second in points (46).

The Jets (27-17-3, 57 points) are in second place in the North Division, one point ahead of the Edmonton Oilers heading into Monday’s action.

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A first-round pick (ninth overall) by Winnipeg in 2014, Ehlers has 303 points (136 goals, 167 assists) in 416 games since making his debut in 2015.

–Field Level Media