The Winnipeg Jets fell 5-1 to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday
The Winnipeg Jets are bracing for the worst, following an injury to forward Gabriel Vilardi on Tuesday.
The Jets faced off against the Los Angeles Kings in a game that was supposed to be a showdown between Pierre-Luc Dubois and the trio of Vilardi, Alex Iafallo and Rasmus Kupari.
That lasted all of 5:55.
Vilardi left the game in his second shirt after falling awkwardly on his knee on a trip from former teammate Blake Lizotte.
Although things didn't look promising as he finished the night rather early, the message from head coach Rick Bowness is 'wait and see'.
More news on Vilardi's situation will be revealed on Wednesday.
The most interesting part of Tuesday's Western Conference matchup was the play involving Vilardi, as the Jets completely crumbled after allowing Dubois to pot the game's opening tally.
The Kings added another goal in the second period, before hammering home three more in the final frame.
Connor Hellebuyck had another shaky outing for Winnipeg, as he stopped just 23 of 28 shots he faced.
Mark Scheifele scored his third marker of the season as the only strike for the Jets in garbage time.
Cole Perfetti on being hit from behind:
“Yeah, I don’t know if you see the replay, but my face is smeared against the boards. I feel like I’m pretty defenceless. I don’t know, just trying to get the puck in deep, it’s not much of a threat there. I’m just trying to get it in deep. Just getting hit from behind, your whole upper body kind of just goes like that and your face smears into the boards, it didn’t feel good, that’s for sure."
Winnipeg will remain at home for a Thursday night showdown with Vegas in a star-studded contest with a very Manitoban-looking Golden Knights squad. The game can be viewed live on TSN at 7:00 PM central time, before Winnipeg heads to Edmonton for a late-night 9:00 PM Saturday matchup.