Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jets Star Winger Patrik Laine to Miss at Least Two Games with Bruise on Left Foot

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jets Star Winger Patrik Laine to Miss at Least Two Games with Bruise on Left Foot

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Jets star Laine to miss at least two games

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WINNIPEG - Head coach Paul Maurice delivered some positive news Thursday to worried fans of injured Winnipeg Jets sniper Patrik Laine.

The team's leading goal-scorer isn't seriously hurt, but did suffer a soft-tissue bruise when he blocked a shot with his left foot in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime victory against Los Angeles.

Laine will miss Friday's home game against Anaheim and also likely Sunday's match versus Nashville.

"There's nothing broken and he's got a bruise," Maurice said after practice. "When he gets his foot in the (skate) boot and feels comfortable, he'll be back playing."

Maurice said bruises have kept players out in the past for four to 14 days, but he stressed that wasn't a prognosis for Laine. The swelling around his injury has decreased.

"We'll give it a few days," he said. "We want him to be able to skate, we want him to be able to play. And in the situation that we're in, we don't want him hobbling around the ice.

"We want him to be able to move pretty comfortably, so we'll take as much time as we need until we get to that point. I just can't give you the day."

The Predators lead the NHL Central Division, eight points ahead of the Jets (44-19-10) prior to Nashville's Thursday game against Toronto.

"I'm not shooting for that one," Maurice said of Laine returning against the Preds.

"We'll see. Really, I don't know. We don't know how quick these things drain. It's not really about pain tolerance."

Laine left Tuesday's game early in the second period after blocking a shot by Kings defenceman Alec Martinez.

The injury halted the sophomore winger's 15-game points streak (18 goals, eight assists). That was the longest active point streak in the NHL and a league record for a teenager.

Laine had also entered the game tied for the league goal-scoring lead with Washington's Alexander Ovechkin, but the Capitals star scored his 44th of the season in a win over Dallas on Tuesday. …

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