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Jets D Josh Morrissey out for rest of first round vs. Golden Knights

Winnipeg defenseman sustained a lower-body injury on Saturday in the Game 3 loss. We break down the impact of the injury.

Josh Morrissey #44 of the Winnipeg Jets skates during the third period against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game Two of the First Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena on April 20, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images

Update — Morrissey will miss the rest of the first round vs. the Golden Knights, per head coach Rick Bowness. The Jets went on to lose Game 3 on Saturday afternoon 5-4 in double overtime. Winnipeg trails 2-1 in the series with Game 4 set for Monday.

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey sustained a lower-body injury in the first period of Game 3 vs. the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday afternoon. The Jets ruled that Morrissey won’t return for the rest of Game 3.

Morrissey only skated just over a minute of ice time on two shifts before exiting the game. It’s unclear when the injury was sustained but Morrissey was seen favoring his leg before leaving the game. The Jets trail the Golden Knights 2-1 after the first period and the series is tied 1-1.

This is a huge blow for Winnipeg, which was able to steal home-ice advantage with a win in Game 1. Morrissey finished tied for second among defenseman in points with 76 this season. He’s a Norris Trophy contender and the most important player for the Jets on the blue line.

With Morrissey missing most of the first period, the Jets leaned on Neal Pionk and Dylan Samberg. Dylan DeMelo and Brenden Dillon picked up assists on the goal by Kyle Connor to make it 2-1. Kyle Capobianco or Logan Stanley will likely draw into the lineup if Morrissey is unable to play in Game 4 on Monday.

With a lead and no Morrissey, this is looking pretty good for the Golden Knights the rest of the game. Vegas is -280 on the moneyline on DraftKings Sportsbook and +110 if you think the Knights can cover -1.5 puck line. This game will either open up in favor of Vegas or the Jets will tighten up play down a man.