Add Evander Kane to the long list of high-profile NHL players currently on the sidelines with a concussion.
The Winnipeg Jets left-winger came to the Jets medical staff on Friday morning saying he had a headache and has since been diagnosed with a concussion, meaning he will miss Saturdayís pivotal game with the Florida Panthers (6:10 p.m., MTS Centre) and is likely going to be out until after the NHL All-star game.
Kane leads the Jets with 18 goals and is second in points with 31.
ďHeís feeling better today, but weíre going to play it day-by-day and see how heís doing,Ē said Jets head coach Claude Noel. ďItís part of the game and itís another injury for me. You have to deal with people being in or out. How long itís going to be, you donít know.
ďItís a fairly grey area and you just donít know what youíre dealing with, thatís the problem. Is it going to be a few days, is it going to be a few weeks, you donít know.Ē
Noel wasnít able to pin-point when the actual incident occurred.
ďI have no idea which game, when all of this took place. Iím not sure heís completely knows or when he was feeling these effets,Ē said Noel. ďI donít have any answers to those questions.Ē
Winkler product Eric Fehr will replace Kane on the Jets top line with Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler.
The Jets will also be without Tim Stapleton, who is dealing with a lower-body issue and will be replaced by Antti Miettinen.
As expected, defenceman Zach Bogosian returns to the lineup after missing the past five games with a lower-body injury.
With Bogosian drawing back in, it looks like Mark Flood will be a healthy scratch.
Meanwhile, defenceman Dustin Byfuglien joined his teammates on the ice for the morning skate but was sporting an orange non-contact jersey.
ďItís a little different, itís pretty much my first day on the (knee) brace,Ē said Byfuglien, who will miss his 13th consecutive game on Saturday. ďI just thought weíd go out and see how it goes. This is the first time Iíve ever had to (wear a brace). Itís not very good yet, so weíll see what happens.
No decision has been made as to whether Byfuglien will accompany the Jets on their upcoming road trip.
The Jets enter Saturdayís action in 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings, but are only three points behind the Panthers and Washington Capitals in the chase for top spot in the Southeast Division.
Defenceman Derek Meech cleared waivers on Saturday and has been assigned to the IceCaps.
The Winnipegger has only appeared in two NHL games this season because of a knee injury.