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Laine could return for Jets against Sabres

Forward has missed one game since hit in left foot by shot

by NHL.com @NHLdotcom

Patrik Laine could return for the Winnipeg Jets when they begin a three-game homestand against the Buffalo Sabres at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, MSG-B, NHL.TV).

"We'll probably put him in the boot tomorrow at the morning skate and see how he feels, and then just kind of go from there," Jets coach Paul Maurice said Monday. "Nothing's changed. It's just a bruise and the swelling has got to come down."

The forward was injured when he was hit in the left foot by a shot during the first period of a 3-0 win against the Washington Capitals on Thursday and did not play in a 3-2 loss at the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

Laine has 59 points (26 goals, 33 assists) in 64 games for Winnipeg (33-28-6), which is tied with the Nashville Predators and Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference and two points behind the Vancouver Canucks, who have the first wild card.

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