The Jets hope to have the center Paul stastny back in the lineup on Friday against Minnesota, relays Scott Billeck of Postmedia. The veteran has been out for just over two weeks with a lower body injury that put a stop to a good start to the season; Stastny notched four goals and four assists in 11 early games while registering over 18 minutes per game. Winnipeg is set to start a back-to-back road series, so it’s possible Stastny will only fit for one of those contests if he wants to be on the safe side.

Other NHL injury news:

  • The COVID situation for the Islanders is pretty bad right now, but they’ve had bad news on the injury front as well as the defenseman Noah Dobson suffers from a lower-body injury, says Mollie Walker of the New York Post. It was a disappointing start for the 21-year-old who has been quiet offensively with just four assists in 14 games while still sidelining the top four at the back. Dobson is a restricted free agent on hold and any extended absence – there is no timetable for a return yet – would certainly hurt his chances of securing a long-term deal this summer.
  • The Panthers will be without a top center Alexander Barkov for at least two weeks, notes David Wilson of the Miami Herald. Barkov was able to avoid the need for surgery following an injury in a collision with Scott mayfield last week and then interim head coach André Brune could only provide a weekly schedule.
  • Coyote center jay beagle was ruled out for at least the rest of the week due to a lower body injury, according to Craig Morgan of PHNX Sports (Twitter link). The team is awaiting further test results to see how long he will be out. The 36-year-old has played 19 games so far this season and is yet to score a point but has won almost 60% of his face-offs.