First-year Jets forward to play first game since November 14
The Winnipeg Jets will get a boost on Saturday, as Rasmus Kupari makes his return to the lineup following an extended injury absence.
Kupari, 23, has been out of the lineup for 60 days after suffering an injury to his AC joint in the shoulder on a play against the boards in a game vs. the New Jersey Devils in mid-November.
He missed two months of action before rejoining the team for practices over the past couple weeks. The offseason acquisition from Los Angeles was then reassigned to the American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose, where he played one game on a brief conditioning stint.
This stretch in the minors was likely originally expected to be longer, but the injury to Jets forward Mark Scheifele on Thursday may have sped up the process, as Moose coach Mark Morrison liked what he saw from the speedy forward.
Kupari will likely be eased into the action on Saturday and not expected to serve any time on the power play. The Jets host the Philadelphia Flyers at 6:00 PM central time, as the host looks to continue its eight-game winning streak and 14-game point streak.