June 23, 2024

Winnipeg – Tyler Toffoli is relieved to be back on the ice after dealing with the flu twice this season and hopes to avoid another bout with the illness. Returning to practice at the Hockey For All Centre this morning, Toffoli expressed gratitude for the opportunity to recover at home while watching his teammates secure a win.

It looks like Toffoli will slot in alongside Adam Lowry and Mason Appleton against his former team, the Calgary Flames, on Thursday night. Coach Rick Bowness confirmed that Nino Niederreiter will be sidelined for at least a week due to a leg injury sustained in Monday’s game against Los Angeles.

Reflecting on his role, Toffoli emphasized consistency and creating offensive opportunities through his style of play, which prioritizes forechecking and generating scoring chances.

The Jets’ third line, which has recently contained prominent opposing lines, expects to maintain its strong performance with Toffoli replacing Niederreiter. Mason Appleton expressed confidence in Toffoli’s ability to adapt quickly and contribute effectively alongside him and Lowry.

In other news, Lowry and Sean Monahan missed practice for maintenance reasons, but they are expected to be available for tomorrow’s game against Calgary. However, Logan Stanley joined Toffoli in battling the flu, adding to the team’s health concerns.

After his standout performance on Monday, Cole Perfetti has earned a spot in the Jets’ top six forward group and will continue playing alongside Monahan and Kyle Connor. Coach Bowness praised Perfetti’s contributions and confirmed that he will maintain his role in the lineup for the upcoming game.

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