Bryan Little has a perforated eardrum and is dealing with vertigo after the Winnipeg Jets center was struck near the ear by a shot in the third period of a 2-1 shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday.
Little is expected to make a full recovery, but there is no timetable for his return, Jets coach Paul Maurice said on Thursday.
Little was taken to St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, where he received 25-30 stitches to close a laceration, and transferred to the Health Sciences Centre's neurological unit for further observation, according to the Jets. He was bleeding and helped off the ice at 7:27 of the third after he was hit by a slap shot from the point by Winnipeg forward Nikolaj Ehlers.
It was Little's seventh game back after he missed the first nine of the season following a concussion sustained against the Minnesota Wild in the preseason finale. He has five points (two goals, three assists) this season.
Forward Gabriel Bourque will be out at least four weeks for Winnipeg because of a lower-body injury and defenseman Tucker Poolman practiced in full Thursday after dealing with migraines the previous two days.
Winnipeg (8-7-1) is home against the Vancouver Canucks on Friday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TSN3, SNP, NHL.TV).