WINNIPEG - "There's nothing broken."
Head Coach Paul Maurice quelled the concern that has encapsulated the city over the past 48 hours, announcing Thursday that Patrik Laine has a bruise and miss at least a game or two after a blocking a shot with his left leg, but the injury is not serious and he'll be back playing "as soon as he feels comfortable" and the swelling subsides.
With this type of injury, there's no specific timeline as it depends entirely on the individual, but Maurice guessed the winger will be out anywhere from four to 14 days, based on what other players have experienced in the past.
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"We'll see. … We don't know how quickly these things drain. It's not really about pain tolerance. The way we're going right now, we don't want him hobbling around the ice," Maurice said.
"As soon as he can put his foot back in the boot and skate, he'll be back playing."
Maurice added that he was "not worried about it."
Laine, who entered the night tied with Alex Ovechkin with a league-leading 43 goals, left Tuesday's game against the LA Kings after taking the brunt of Alec Martinez point shot early in the second period. He had to be helped to the dressing room after toughing it out on the bench for a few minutes following the incident.
A few days later, he's already on the mend.
"Quite a bit of swelling down from Day 1 to Day 2," Maurice said. "He's getting around under his own power."
- Ryan Dittrick, WinnipegJets.com